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Let's Call a Spade a Spade

Robert Franklin

Posted on June 20, 2019 17:37

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has come under fire for calling the detention centers at the southern border "concentration camps," drawing swift condemnation from all over the political sphere. She is right though, and it's foolish to think she isn't.

Merriam-Webster defines a concentration camp as "a place where large numbers of people (such as prisoners of war, political prisoners, refugees, or the members of an ethnic or religious minority) are detained or confined under armed guard."

Encyclopædia Brittanica notes that a concentration camp is an "internment centre for political prisoners and members of national or minority groups who are confined for reasons of state security, exploitation, or punishment, usually by executive decree or military order. Persons are placed in such camps often on the basis of identification with a particular ethnic or political group rather than as individuals and without benefit either or indictment or fair trial."

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn't wrong. There are concentration camps in the United States... again.

Notable is the center in Clint, Texas, where a legal team recently discovered some 250 infants, children, and teenagers locked in squalid conditions, with inadequate food, water, and sanitation, for the better part of four weeks. A two-year-old boy at this facility has been under care and supervision by three adolescent girls, because there was no one else there to watch him. The 2-year-old was visited by attorneys, who told the Associated Press he was without a diaper and covered in urine and mucus. Attorneys also found that fifteen children had the flu.

The children told the attorneys they were fed uncooked frozen food and rice, and had gone weeks without bathing or a clean change of clothes.

The Trump Administration's policy for handling undocumented immigrants is horrific enough on paper, and the observations made in Clint only make matters worse. But when Donald Trump's brutality is joined by the fact that five children have died in these centers since late last year, the requirement these children be turned over to HHS within 72 hours is repeatedly violated, and that Trump's team are scrambling to open new camps because of overcrowding, it's increasingly difficult to look at what's happening and not see everyone locked in these cages wearing anything other than striped pajamas.

Detainees at the Paso del Norte International Bridge have been kept outside, without clothes or showers while temperatures push 100 degrees, for the better part of a month, conditions that have been referred to as a "human dog pound."

Immigrant children detained in Homestead, Florida, have compared their center to a prison, complete with forced isolation, and other children attempting to kill themselves. Many of the children have been there for months and some cannot leave, despite having relatives close-by, who have filled out all of the sponsorship paperwork, pleading to take them.

These are just a few facilities at the center of this human rights atrocity President Trump has deemed necessary to "make America great again," and they are concentration camps in every respect of the term. We're violating these people, violating human decency, because of propaganda-augmented xenophobia guiding a retribution-obsessed culture, retribution-obsessed to its own detriment.

These all sound like concentration camps to me.

Robert Franklin

Posted on June 20, 2019 17:37

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