Elizabeth C. McLaughlin reported on Twitter that people who are detained at the border are first sent to a place called the "Dog Pound," where people are kept in outdoor cages with "no running water, no covers, no tarp, no care, no safety from the elements. It is freezing at night, and deathly hot during the day." They do not receive adequate nutrition, especially for small children. Then they are sent to "The Freezer," which is maintained at 55 degrees F (13 C) and has no beds, where they are kept for weeks. The government is supposed to send them to residential facilities, but those residential facilities are empty and ICE plans to close them. Instead, they are being sent to concentration camps run by the military, including the former Japanese-American internment camp Fort Sill, where lawyers, journalists, and human rights monitors will not be permitted. "The Trump administration will be able to conduct itself in whatever way it wants to without anyone knowing what's going on inside. Think about what that means. Think about why they would want that. This is happening RIGHT NOW," McLaughlin wrote.
Similarly, Bradford Pearson:
One of the sources for my book—who spent his childhood in a Japanese concentration camp in Wyoming—regularly visits family detention centers. I asked him once how the two compared.— Bradford Pearson (@BradfordPearson) June 12, 2019
“Brad,” he said. “It’s worse than anything we ever experienced.” https://t.co/GXZ9HU4FM1
There were at least seven confirmed homicides within the camps. One, the killing of Kanesaburo Oshima, took place at Fort Sill, where the Trump administration will now house 1,400 children: https://t.co/zlC0gBq7is pic.twitter.com/zIKrXiLNZG— Bradford Pearson (@BradfordPearson) June 12, 2019
It would take way too long to explain all the parallels between these camps, but just know that whenever people say “Never again,” know that it’s already too late.— Bradford Pearson (@BradfordPearson) June 12, 2019
Pearson points us to the organization Densho, which has more information about Fort Sill.
Jonathan M. Katz's article "Call immigrant detention centers what they really are: concentration camps" in the LA Times (9 June 2019) made these points:
"Certainly it helps that the news media covers these horrors intermittently rather than as snowballing proof of a racist, lawless administration.
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A year ago, Americans accidentally became aware that the Trump administration had adopted (and lied about) a policy of ripping families apart at the border. The flurry of attention was thanks to the viral conflation of two separate but related stories: the family-separation order and bureaucrats’ admission that they’d been unable to locate thousands of migrant children who’d been placed with sponsors after crossing the border alone.
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It is important to note that Trump’s aides have built this system of racist terror on something that has existed for a long time. Several camps opened under Obama, and as president he deported millions of people.
But Trump’s game is different. It certainly isn’t about negotiating immigration reform with Congress. Trump has made it clear that he wants to stifle all non-white immigration, period. His mass arrests, iceboxes and dog cages are part of an explicitly nationalist project to put the country under the control of the right kind of white people.
After an emergency Caesarean section in Mexico, a 17-year-old Guatemalan girl crossed the border into the US on June 4, 2019 with her premature baby. Immigration legal advocates found her a week later at the McAllen facility, in pain and in a wheelchair, with the baby—its head smaller than an adult's fist—in poor health condition with only the onesie it was wearing. After attention on social media, it was announced that mother and daughter were to be transferred to a more appropriate facility for minors.
Others have died. However:
ICE quietly stopped updating its official “List of Deaths in ICE Custody” page, which had published deaths since the agency’s inception in 2003.— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) June 17, 2019
My latest for @tytinvestigates https://t.co/nw2hKLnoTm pic.twitter.com/dmgkHoDfpZ
(And the list would anyway not have included deaths that occurred shortly after an injured or sick person was released from custody.)
Four months old.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 15, 2019
That’s the age of the youngest known child separated from his father at the border. History will judge this Administration for these human rights abuses. https://t.co/TO4wFNShKc
“We have what I would call a concentration camp system... a mass detention of civilians without trial.”— Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg (@TheRaDR) June 14, 2019
24 people *that we know of* have died under ICE under Trump so far, plus 6 children in other agencies since September.
THREAD. Important. 1/xhttps://t.co/YXiDOkx68A
Ok, Internet. Time to learn the difference between concentration camps and death (“extermination”) camps.— Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg (@TheRaDR) June 14, 2019
Germany started with concentration camps in 1933.
Death camps started in 1941.
Never again is now. https://t.co/W3rbM5asVc
A photo taken illegally in federal court shows 37 immigrants in orange prison jumpsuits being processed simultaneously. Such processes have been in place for a decade but are more frequent under Trump.
It's happening for reasons including this:
“I was just following orders.” https://t.co/XH1hWfc5Ph— Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg (@TheRaDR) June 13, 2019
my god, he's announcing kristallnacht on twitter. https://t.co/TU68sAXE0V— Matthew Cortland, esq (@mattbc) June 18, 2019