[Pnews] US Running Concentration Camps at the Border

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  US Running Concentration Camps at the Border

June 16, 2019

The United States (U.S.) government is no stranger to implementing 
concentration camps. Back in 1942, 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry 
were forcibly relocated and incarcerated in the western interior of the 
country. Almost a century later, Donald Trump’s administration has 
revived the concentration camp system in the U.S, according to Andrea 
Pitzer, author and international expert on the matter.

    US: 24 Migrants Have Died in ICE Custody Under Trump

“When people hear the phrase 'Oh, there's concentration camps on the 
southern border,' they think, 'Oh, it's not Auschwitz.' Of course, it's 
not those things, each camp system is different. But you don't have to 
intend to kill everyone to have really bad outcomes,” Pitzer, author of 
One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps told Esquire.

According to the expert, the definition of a concentration camp is mass 
detention of civilians without trial, exactly what is happening in the 
U.S. southern border. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is 
currently detaining more than 52,500 migrants a day and the network of 
detention centers is spreading out across the country with more than 200 
detention facilities tallied.

“Concentration camps, in general, have always been designed to separate 
one group of people from another group. Usually, because the majority 
group, or the creators of the camp, deem the people they're putting in 
it to be dangerous or undesirable in some way," Holocaust and genocide 
studies historian, Waitman Wade Beorn said.

    5) We now have a *massive* & growing camp system, with no powerful
    opposition in sight. Though there's a chance protest could work in
    the US (despite the fact that it hasn't happened in other cases),
    people aren't in the streets every night, demanding an end to the camps.

    — Andrea Pitzer (@andreapitzer) June 5, 2019

New Border Patrol’s guidelines 
in the U.S. explicitly ask its agents to target Spanish speakers and 
migrants from Latin America in carrying out a Trump administration 
program requiring asylum seekers to wait in Mexico and not enter the 
U.S., according to memos obtained by the Associated Press. In violation 
of international law, regarding asylum seekers.

Another common characteristic of concentration camps is now ever-present 
in the U.S. detention centers: death, mostly based on the dire 
conditions that the people have to face. A total of 24 migrants have 
in ICE custody according 
to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security which found “egregious 
violations” at various detention centers it inspected.

According to the report, ill migrants do not receive medical attention 
and staff often ignores detainee’s requests for care. People are 
subjected to isolation and to the consumption of spoiled food, those 
with mental illness are put into solitary confinement and are also abused.

“The longer they're there, the worse the conditions get. That's just a 
universal of camps. They're overcrowded. As you see mental health crises 
and contagious diseases begin to set in, they'll work to manage the 
worst of it. [But] then there will be the ability to tag these people as 
diseased, even if we created [those conditions],” the expert warns, 
adding that “over time, the camps will turn those people into what Trump 
was already saying they are."

    Trump tweeted 16 times today.

    All about trade and investment and the botched job he's made of the
    trade negotiations with China.

    He doesn't want you speaking about the children sleeping on rocks
    and in crowded tents at the border.

    �� via @CNN <https://twitter.com/CNN?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw>
    pic.twitter.com/aeqywxSvbk <https://t.co/aeqywxSvbk>

    — RAICES (@RAICESTEXAS) May 15, 2019

On May 15, aerial photos 
showed adults and children outside the U.S. Border Patrol station for 
migrants in McAllen, Texas, sleeping on the ground and rigging up 
makeshift shelters with reflective blankets to protect from the 
blistering sun. The ground temperature was about 89 Fahrenheit (32 
Celsius) when the pictures were taken around midday.

“Children are being met at the U.S. border with harsh, punitive policies 
that both violate their rights and severely affect their wellbeing,” 
Kathryn Hampton, the PHR Asylum Network 
coordinator, said. As another of Trump’s anti-migration policies are to 
separate families and isolate children.

An exposé 
by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting reported on March 
18 that the U.S. government is relying on clandestine shelters to hold 
unaccompanied migrant children, in possible violation of the 
long-standing Flores Settlement agreement, in which the federal 
government is supposed to provide attorneys representing detained 
children with a regular and detailed census of each minor in the 
agency’s custody.

Yet as history seems to repeat itself, the Trump administration, as 
former president Barack Obama also did, has opted to detain 1,400 
children in Fort Sill, located in the southwest of Oklahoma City, this 
was one of several internment camps where people of Japanese ancestry 
were held during World War II. "It feels as though history can't yell 
any louder than this," Yale University history professor, Joanne 
Freeman, tweeted.

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