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Immigration: issues and policy

(David Bythewood) #121

Call immigrant detention centers what they really are: concentration camps

“When a leader puts people in camps to stay in power, history shows that he doesn’t usually stop with the first group he detains.”


As Andrea Pitzer, author of “One Long Night,” one of the most comprehensive books on the history of concentration camps, recently noted: “Every country has said their camps are humane and will be different. Trump is instinctively an authoritarian. He’ll take them as far as he’s allowed to.”

This this terrifying and what’s even more terrifying are the people who support this policy and voted for this nightmare. :disappointed:

(David Bythewood) #123

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley didn’t ask DHS to prove claim about migrants ‘renting babies’ but helped spread it anyway

Acting Homeland Security chief McAleenan claimed ads are being run in Central America on TV and radio encouraging illegal immigration, echoing a right-wing conspiracy theory.


Wtf, wtf…

The Trump Administration has opted to use an Army base in Oklahoma to hold growing numbers of immigrant children in its custody after running out of room at government shelters.

Fort Sill, an 150-year-old installation once used as an internment camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II, has been selected to detain 1,400 children until they can be given to an adult relative, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


More from WaPo

On Tuesday, the agency announced it has chosen a military base as a temporary shelter: Fort Sill in Oklahoma, which was used during World War II as an internment camp for Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants. Before that, it was the longtime prison for Apache leader Geronimo.

The Trump administration has been under fire for its treatment of migrant children, drawing comparisons to the U.S. government’s internment of Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants in the 1940s. Yale historian Joanne Freeman said on Twitter: “It feels as though history can’t yell any louder than this.

(David Bythewood) #126

This is the first post in a long thread that talks about ongoing efforts to deny access and scrutiny to the treatment of immigrants. They are kept in inhuman conditions, and are being moved onto military bases where ALL access can then be denied. Something must be done.

(David Bythewood) #127

ICE’s kidnapping is still happening, just more quietly

Here’s a List of Companies Making Money From Miami’s Child-Migrant Detention Camp

(David Bythewood) #128

Civil servants say they’re being used as pawns in a dangerous asylum program

Asylum officers worry they’re being forced to send some Central Americans to wait in Mexico — even when they’re in danger of persecution there.

As the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program has expanded since it was introduced in January and the lawsuit over its legality has progressed slowly, many asylum officers have gotten increasingly uncomfortable with their role in the process. They worry that they’re being used to whitewash the program, and claim they don’t actually have as much power to allow migrants to stay in the US if they’re in danger as the Trump administration has publicly stated. One asylum officer described the interviews as “pro forma” — just for show.

Under the Migrant Protection Protocols, the Trump administration, as part of its serial efforts to stem a growing tide of Central American asylum seekers, started sending some Central American asylum seekers — first a handful a week, then dozens, now hundreds — back to Mexico after initial processing, with instructions to show up at a port of entry at a particular date for a hearing before an immigration judge on their asylum case.

The policy has raised serious concerns among lawyers and human rights advocates, who worry that there’s no way for immigrants to obtain American lawyers while in Mexico; that they may not be able to return to the US in time for their hearings; and, fundamentally, that northern Mexico isn’t necessarily a safe place for Central Americans fleeing persecution to be — that the US would essentially be violating the principle of non-refoulement (that a government must not send a migrant back to a country where they’d be persecuted or imperiled).

To my knowledge, this isn’t happening here… yet.


Resignation Syndrome afflicts children who have lost all hope. How long before we see it here?

The Refugee Kids Entering Comas as They Face Deportation


Yup, this is actual fascism. We should call a spade a spade.