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Women, men and children arrive at a bus station in McAllen, Texas, after crossing the bridge at Hidalgo Pic: Getty

Queues of exhausted families fleeing violence are being told to go home or risk losing their children; and the Supreme Court has just upheld Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’. It’s the United States’ birthday this week, and it’s hard to feel like celebrating

What a strange disconcerting few weeks it’s been in the United States. The Super- Walmart (it’s a Walmart hyperstore, only bigger) in McAllen, Texas, has devoted about an acre of space to selling the Fourth of July back to America.

Abraham Lincoln’s face has been plastered on every possible food product, utensil and item of clothing – from hot dogs to underwear. The Founding Fathers’ faces glower from tubes of cheap cotton socks....

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