Is the US Running Concentration Camps?

By Yenny Delgado

As the days continue to go by, hundreds of children remain in the custody of the US government.  These children have been forcibly separated from their parents at the border. It is painful to see these images and story, but to date, hundreds are still suffering from violence and sexual abuse by inhuman caregivers. Through our tax dollars, we are separating families and putting children in cages.  

Is the US operating a for-profit Concentration Camps for individuals that cross our southern border and children are being separated from their families?

Last week Congresswomen Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez in a live video on Instagram said migrant detention facilities are “concentration camps ” adding: “that is exactly what they are. “The fact that concentration camps are now an institutionalized practice in the land of the free is extraordinarily disturbing”.

A quick rundown of facts:

  • Sexual abuse of minors – 4,500 complaints in four years about the sexual abuse of immigrant children who were being held at government-funded detention facilities. (Source)
  • The children are in crowded facilities and sleeping on the floor with aluminum foil. (Source)
  • In some of the centers, the lights are illuminating 24-hours a day, 7 days of the week, disrupting circadian sleep cycles for all the concentrated individuals. (Source, video embedded)
  • The children have restrictions on food and basic sanitary supplies. (Source)
  • The temperatures in the facilities are kept cold. (Source)
  • The US government does not keep very accurate information on the names of minors and their parents at the time they were separated, making it almost impossible to reunite them with their families. (Source)
  • Individuals have been marked on their arms with identification numbers, however, due to similarities with practices in Germany in the 1930s wrist bands with numbers are now provided. (Source)
  • At least, six children have already died in the custody of ICE.

                  6- May 20, 2019, Carlos Hernández, 16 years old
                  5- May 14, 2019, Wilmer Ramirez, under 3 years old
                  4-April 23, 2019, Juan de León Gutiérrez, 16 years old
                  3-December 24, 2018, Felipe Gómez, 8 years old
                  2- December 6, 2018, Jakelin Caal, 7 years old
                  1- September 29, 2018, a child under 10 years

Without a doubt, the US is operating a for-profit Concentration Camps for individuals that cross our southern border and children are being separated from their families.  If this is not a concentration camp, what is it?  

 

About Yenny Delgado

Yenny Delgado is a psychologist, theologian, development specialist, and political analyst. Follow @dc_yenny

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