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.
This lawyer found migrant children living in shockingly inhumane conditions when she visited a Border Patrol facility pic.twitter.com/xP6A0CP7EB— NowThis (@nowthisnews) June 24, 2019
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.
I can't get this out of my mind: "what we saw are dirty children who are malnourished, who are being severely neglected...flu outbreak...lice infestation..sleeping on the floor" attorney Warren Binford describes a gov't facility for migrant children near El Paso, to @WmBrangham— Judy Woodruff (@JudyWoodruff) June 23, 2019
"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.
“You can't be safe and sanitary, or safe as a human being if you can't sleep,” a judge says to a DOJ lawyer who argues soap, toothbrushes, or a proper bed, are not essential for migrant children https://t.co/H9n7JKbYS7 pic.twitter.com/f95rMa5NNX— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 24, 2019
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.
"Almost every child that I interviewed had family, parents, uncles, aunts, grandparents, siblings here in the United States who are waiting for them and are ready to care for them," says law prof Warren Binford, who visited a detention center in Clint, TX https://t.co/3FH7LjEb6B— Catherine Rampell (@crampell) June 23, 2019
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.
This administration has established concentration camps on the southern border of the United States for immigrants, where they are being brutalized with dehumanizing conditions and dying.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 18, 2019
This is not hyperbole. It is the conclusion of expert analysis ⬇️https://t.co/2dWHxb7UuL
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.
Call them concentration camps, or don’t. But migrant children are sick and dying. You cannot call yourself an American and say children deserve to suffer at our hands. You cannot say that.— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) June 24, 2019
My column on the horrors Trump has created at the border:https://t.co/Ov9V7tVsQD
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.
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