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Detention Centers Or "Concentration Camps": Migrant Children Are Being Held In Torture Conditions

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Detention Centers Or "Concentration Camps": Migrant Children Are Being Held In Torture Conditions
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"The conditions within which they are held could be compared to torture facilities."

"Everyone is sick. Everyone. They’re using their clothes to wipe mucus off the children, wipe vomit off the children. Most of the little children are not fully clothed."

Sleeping on concrete floors in overcrowded cells, sick with high fevers and coughs, clothing smeared with mucus and vomit, inadequate food and water, no soap or medicine. Extreme cold temperatures. Children waking up hungry middle of the night. Eight and ten-year-olds looking after crying babies and toddlers with no diapers. Threats and physical abuse. Infants, kids, and adolescents, all crammed together and denied contact with parents and relatives for weeks, even months. 

These are the conditions being endured by asylum-seeking children in government-run detention centers. "The conditions within which they are held could be compared to torture facilities," reported a doctor after visiting two Texas border detention centers.  The government actually argued in court that they weren't required to provide the children soap or beds, and weren't responsible if they were sexually abused.

"Everyone is sick. Everyone. They’re using their clothes to wipe mucus off the children, wipe vomit off the children. Most of the little children are not fully clothed," reports a lawyer who recently toured a McAllen Border Patrol facility.

Most of these children have parents and family living here in the U.S., desperately wondering where their children are and what they might be suffering. 

But, instead of reuniting children with their families, the government prefers to hold the children hostage, and is even asking Congress for money to build more detention facilities.

Recently, these facilities have been referred to as "concentration camps," and it's not hard to see why.

Although Nazi death camps are the most infamous, concentration camps existed before and after. "Concentration camps are any place where large numbers of people are held in poor conditions because of their nationality, ethnicity, religion or other characteristics," Sociology professor Richard Lachmann at the University at Albany, SUNY told Newsweek.

Whether you call them concentration camps or detention centers, the conditions are still inhumane, and unacceptable. 

Whatever your politics, there is no excuse for the mistreatment of children.  Please call email or call your congressperson and tell them: Stop the mistreatment of migrant children and reunify them with their families.

Click HERE to find out who your congresspeople are and how to contact them.  

Or donate to organizations that are helping:

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights: CHIRLA.ORG

Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services: RAICESTEXAS.ORG

American Civil Liberties Union: ACLU.ORG

 

 

 

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