In early June 2019, it was announced that the federal government would add three thousand new beds for migrant children. About half this number would be housed at a new facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas in a building that was previously used to house oil field workers. The rest would likely be housed at Army and Air Force bases in Georgia, Montana and Oklahoma. Per an Associated Press article:
"All the new facilities will be considered temporary emergency shelters, so they won’t be subject to state child welfare licensing requirements, [Office of Refugee Resettlement spokesman Mark] Weber said. In January, the government shut down an unlicensed detention camp in the Texas desert under political pressure, and another unlicensed facility called Homestead remains in operation in the Miami suburbs."
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.
BREAKING: Office of the Inspector General releases new pictures of overcrowding at Border Patrol Facilities in TX. One senior manager calling this a “ticking time bomb.” #Immigration #ICE @NBCNews pic.twitter.com/bQdde1LYmB— Gadi Schwartz (@GadiNBC) July 2, 2019
The Trump administration argued court Tuesday that the government is not required to give soap or toothbrushes to children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border and can have them sleep on concrete floors in frigid, overcrowded cells.https://t.co/bgPVgIzCQR pic.twitter.com/M9Vg56dNNA— Brad Heath (@bradheath) June 20, 2019
Here's the argument (at around 25:00). The Justice Department is arguing that a consent decree requiring the gov't to provide "safe and sanitary" conditions for detained minors doesn't mean they need to be able to sleep or wash.— Brad Heath (@bradheath) June 20, 2019
Judge Berzon: "Really?"
Trump admin argues in court that detained migrant kids don't need toothbrushes or soap in order to be held in "safe and sanitary" conditions; also that requiring minors to sleep on cold concrete floors in crowded cells with low temps fulfills requirement https://t.co/0IxkakSPon— Catherine Rampell (@crampell) June 20, 2019
If your boss told you that you needed to stand in front of a federal judge and argue that it was permissible to deny little kids soap, toothbrushes, and beds while in detention centers with abysmal conditions, would you do it? The lack of mass resignations is staggering to me. https://t.co/nI84PxNJtu— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) June 22, 2019
Somali pirates gave me toothpaste & soap. https://t.co/K8zCP3IVMm— Michael Scott Moore (@MichaelSctMoore) June 22, 2019
You should read this whole New Yorker piece about the conditions at Border Patrol facilities in Texas, but if you can't read the whole thing, at least read this paragraph: https://t.co/xWwHYvIMjb pic.twitter.com/Iujo3Pi2av— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 22, 2019
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.
One of the world's responses to Holocaust/attempt to learn from it was 1951 Refugee Convention, written in part by Jacob Robinson, Lithuanian Jewish refugee & Israel's rep to UN. Insists on fair process for asylum seekers & forbids refoulement (deportation to unsafe countries)— Rabbi Jill Jacobs (@rabbijilljacobs) June 20, 2019
Friends, instead of debating whether US camps are *exactly* like earlier concentration camps* (which, per below preceded Nazis by half a century)— Rabbi Jill Jacobs (@rabbijilljacobs) June 18, 2019
*which are not death camps
Let's scream about the fact that our government is putting children in cages.
I did my dissertation on #ConcentrationCamps, so I have a few thoughts about @AOC's use of the term to describe the build up of camps on the US southern border. For those in a hurry, here's the take-home message: By any reasonable definition, these are concentration camps— Lester Andrist (@landrist) June 18, 2019
I was born in 1977 in USSR. We had:— Ilya Kaminsky (@ilya_poet) July 2, 2019
* concentration camps
* military parades
* TV propaganda
* courts following party rule
* “enemies of the people”
* poets imprisoned for reading poems
...each of these things is happening in USA under Trump in 2019
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.
* * *
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.
* * *
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
"The U.S. death rate in children from the flu is about 1 in 600,000. So far, 3 children have died out of 200,000 people held at detention facilities along the border."— RAICES (@RAICESTEXAS) August 20, 2019
Kids are dying from preventable causes. Cruelty is the point. #JusticeForOurChildrenhttps://t.co/ora0SOSskw
Our RNRN volunteers witnessed how the conditions in detention made children more susceptible to illness.— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) August 29, 2019
Holding children in detention longer & denying them vaccines after three have already died from the flu is negligent and cruel. #1u #thursdaythoughts https://t.co/ZcIiLWIYJU
“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
Holy shit. Jews and allies in the Capitol Building in D.C. chanting:— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) July 9, 2019
“Never Again is NOW”
But it is important to note that Nazi concentration camps — which, in Germany, began in 1933 — and the Holocaust’s death (or “extermination”) camps, which began in 1941, are not the same thing, though they’re often conflated in American discourse. And what we now know of the CBP camps does not include many of the hallmarks often associated with Nazi camps — forced labor, for example, or the detention of U.S. citizens. But it’s also true that the earliest camps — known as “wild camps” — were makeshift centers that did not have the infrastructure of later state camps. Concentration camps have a history beyond just the Nazis, too. Pitzer’s definition also puts CBP centers in the context of other such camps in France, South Africa, Cuba, the Soviet Union and, of course, here in the United States during World War II, targeting Japanese Americans. (Those who quibble that “internment camps” are not “concentration camps” might note that both President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harold Ickes, his secretary of the interior, referred to U.S. camps as the latter.)
There are an incredible number of lies people are trying to sell today to get people to look away from Trump's concentration camps. Let's dispense with one of the big ones: the idea that they can't be camps because the conditions inside are fine.— Jonathan M. Katz✍🏻 (@KatzOnEarth) June 19, 2019
That's a lie. People are dying.
You need cattle cars to fit your definition? How about this IG report from May that found detainees are packed so tightly into rooms that they have to stand on toilets to breathe.— Jonathan M. Katz✍🏻 (@KatzOnEarth) June 19, 2019
One cell with a capacity of 8 held 41 detainees.
A cell built for 35 held 155. pic.twitter.com/Tr2q9fT1Rq
Thousands are being tortured in solitary confinement. A man from Nicaragua was kept in solitary for two months b/c he had a bad leg (?!?!). Inside, people are going crazy, cutting their wrists and gouging out their eyes.— Jonathan M. Katz✍🏻 (@KatzOnEarth) June 19, 2019
The folks at @simonwiesenthal might recognize that theme. pic.twitter.com/8UGpMCyART
"But at least they get free healthcare, right?"— Jonathan M. Katz✍🏻 (@KatzOnEarth) June 19, 2019
Nope. Trump doesn't give free healthcare to you, why would he take care of people he doesn't consider human? As @kenklippenstein found, ICE is letting detainees die. https://t.co/8lWrKf2Q4q
Some of you may remember the 37 children who were confined to vans for up to 39 hours in the parking lot of a detention center outside Port Isabel, Texas -- after being ripped from their parents' arms. The government tried covering that up for a while. https://t.co/EwGZS2GHZI— Jonathan M. Katz✍🏻 (@KatzOnEarth) June 19, 2019
"OK, but how about Obama? He was bad to lots of immigrants. Why didn't you criticize him?"— Jonathan M. Katz✍🏻 (@KatzOnEarth) June 19, 2019
I did! But things are considerably different under Trump. For instance, children are dying in ICE and CBP custody. They weren't before. https://t.co/AURN3zSSbE
It's hard to keep track of the numbers but according to this @NBCNews story at least 24 people have died in Trump's camps so far, not counting the kids. So 29? Or 31? The number keeps rising. https://t.co/MjUCNfxSzl— Jonathan M. Katz✍🏻 (@KatzOnEarth) June 19, 2019
But we don't know how much deaths are rising, because officials have stopped reporting it! They don't want us to know what's going on behind the barbed wire. Which, as I've said, is one of the major purposes of a concentration camp. https://t.co/d4YNK8nDmP— Jonathan M. Katz✍🏻 (@KatzOnEarth) June 19, 2019
A lot of people have been telling me that the housing in the concentration camps is so wonderful, homeless people want to move to them.— Jonathan M. Katz✍🏻 (@KatzOnEarth) June 19, 2019
Here's what they can look forward to if they go: Being tortured through sleep deprivation in a freezing-cold room until they shit themselves. pic.twitter.com/qg6wiEROx8
After they're done enjoying that, they can have a nice rest in a dog kennel. pic.twitter.com/iSRjK9BzhC— Jonathan M. Katz✍🏻 (@KatzOnEarth) June 19, 2019
Also they can learn the luxury art of parceling out a single bologna sandwich for three people over two days!— Jonathan M. Katz✍🏻 (@KatzOnEarth) June 19, 2019
And remember: This is being done to terrify and torture people exercising their legal right to asylum, to convince them to go home and die. Your tax dollars at work. pic.twitter.com/z2aHTiC7Gw
Those details are from this piece, which I suggest reading before you decide to move to Dilley or one of the other concentration camps, which are basically all-inclusive resorts except for the constant torture and harassment. https://t.co/09M8wazk38— Jonathan M. Katz✍🏻 (@KatzOnEarth) June 19, 2019
And of course, this all needs context. It isn't some slapdash solution to a real immigration problem. It's the policy of an authoritarian president who rode to power promising to punish immigrants for existing. And he said he wouldn't stop there. https://t.co/h7kMxPEX3b— Jonathan M. Katz✍🏻 (@KatzOnEarth) June 19, 2019
Didn't know any of this before today? That's what the camps are for. They're to concentrate undesirables away from you so you don't know what's happening to them.— Jonathan M. Katz✍🏻 (@KatzOnEarth) June 19, 2019
Thanks to @AOC's use of the term today, you've been forced to pay attention. If you look away now, that's on you.
I'll keep writing about this at https://t.co/4Okij6joTz— Jonathan M. Katz✍🏻 (@KatzOnEarth) June 19, 2019
Migrant children at least two U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities face conditions one doctor described as comparable to "torture facilities." https://t.co/PRRcSSkokw— ABC News (@ABC) June 23, 2019
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.
I have always known that a vast majority of non-Jewish cishet abled white folk would let a Holocaust happen here. Especially if it happened via a similar methodological ramp up the way Nazi Germany did.— Katherine Locke (@Bibliogato) June 20, 2019
This is a time to break routines. To be afraid, but to show up. To get arrested, if need be. To make noise. To use privilege.— Katherine Locke (@Bibliogato) June 20, 2019
Do not be the neighbor who turns a blind eye. Be someone who makes noise now, so we don't have to become people hiding people in our attics & basement.
But if we get to that point, be the person who hides someone in the attic, in the basement.— Katherine Locke (@Bibliogato) June 20, 2019
We need to show up now. We really needed to show up a year ago, probably, in way more force than we did, or four weeks ago when the Mueller report happened. We have missed windows of opportunity.— Katherine Locke (@Bibliogato) June 20, 2019
When we share that "First they came for the Communists" poem, we don't mean, "This only gets serious when they come for white people." It means get angry now. Get loud now. Get involved now.— Katherine Locke (@Bibliogato) June 20, 2019
It's happening for reasons including this:
“I was just following orders.” https://t.co/XH1hWfc5Ph— Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg (@TheRaDR) June 13, 2019
Since the resignation of Kirstjen Nielsen in April 2019, there has only been an acting Secretary of Homeland Security, not a permanent one. Might that not reduce stability and accountability?
#torahtrumpshate #JewsAgainstICE #NeverAgainIsNow #ClosetheCamps #TishaBAv The Elizabeth ICE Detention Center is the largest holder of lgbtq and specifically trans asylum seeking detainees in the united states. pic.twitter.com/CRLNZON8Z3— Helayne (@whoahlayne) August 12, 2019
Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people.......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2019
my god, he's announcing kristallnacht on twitter. https://t.co/TU68sAXE0V— Matthew Cortland, esq (@mattbc) June 18, 2019
This is making me a little nostalgic for the days when Twitter was for dunking on David Brooks instead of for frantically trying to figure out what people whose moral compasses are aligned are doing about the president publicly announcing a pogrom on social media— Dara Kaye (@DaraKaye) June 18, 2019
Lawyers say 250 children are locked in a Customs and Border Protection station in Texas without adequate food, water and sanitation, and some have been there for as long as 27 days. @viacedar, @garanceburke @mendozamartha https://t.co/VIMGEJuPW4— The Associated Press (@AP) June 20, 2019
Of these 250 children, 15 had the flu.— Hispanic Caucus (@HispanicCaucus) June 20, 2019
A sick 2 year old had detained teens caring for him.
The children were eating uncooked frozen food. They hadn’t bathed or worn clean clothes in weeks.
This is a violation of the Flores agreement and the human rights of these children. https://t.co/59k7kqvoly
Four toddlers were unresponsive, feverish and vomiting when lawyers visited them at a Border Patrol facility.— Angelina Chapin (@angelinachapin) June 21, 2019
In some cases their mothers, all of whom were teenagers, had begged for medical care and were denied by guards. https://t.co/DfulqIEqbz
'The four children all under age 3 with teenage mothers or guardians, were feverish, coughing, vomiting and had diarrhea... One 2-year-old’s eyes were rolled back in her head.'— RAICES (@RAICESTEXAS) June 21, 2019
Immigration attorneys forced CBP to hospitalize them. https://t.co/Vm6Q0S9jsC
Some have contact information for relatives and no one is bothering to make the phone calls.
Assistant AG Eric Drieband says "For example, one 14-year-old and her mother could not find treatment in the community. So the child spent several months in a segregated facility in another state. >> #Olmstead20 #CripTheVote— Rabbi Ruti Regan 🏳️🌈🗳🇺🇸 (@RutiRegan) June 25, 2019
Not that it should matter, but human rights abuses are expensive.
Trump promised to eliminate the federal debt. Instread, he has inceased the deficit. The tax cuts were supposed to pay for themselves and boost the economy, they did neither. Mexico was supposed to pay for the Wall. Nope, we're paying for it. The joke's always on his supporters. https://t.co/cxmh6GpBhm— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) August 12, 2019
Some companies are turning a profit.
You don't have to take my word for it: https://t.co/2J5L8smDhB— G. Willow Wilson (@GWillowWilson) June 24, 2019
Some people are determined not to care. "Quit trying to make us feel teary-eyed for the children. Yes, I love children a great deal, but to me, it's up to the parents to do things rightfully and legally," a Trump supporter says at a diner in Mesa, Arizona.
These Trump supporters in Arizona have no feelings, no sympathy for the separated migrant children. How do they sleep at night? pic.twitter.com/CMxvWw2Cyl— Max Howroute▫️ (@howroute) June 23, 2019
A government report on Sept. 4 found that children who were separated from their families at the border last year have, unsurprisingly, suffered PTSD.
Completely Broken— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) August 8, 2019
11-year-old Magdalena Gomez Gregorio begging for her father back taken by ICE
"Governments please put your heart. Let my parent be free. I need my dad by me. My dad didn't do anything. He is not a criminal." 💔😭
HOW CAN ANYONE JUSTIFY THIS?
This is NOT OK! pic.twitter.com/wZmm60uKf8
The cities ICE will begin mass deportations in *this weekend* are:— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) June 21, 2019
New York City
San Francisco https://t.co/T8dtGEDwM8
Kids dead in the Trump camps: Darlyn, Jakelin, Felipe, Mariee, Carlos, Wilmer, Juan.— Virginia Heffernan (@page88) June 23, 2019
Darlyn Cristabel Cordova-Valle, 10
Jakelin Caal Maquin, 7
Felipe Alonzo-Gomez, 8
Mariee Juárez, 20 mos
Carlos Hernandez Vasquez, 16 Wilmer Josué Ramírez Vásquez, 2
Juan de León Gutiérrez, 16
BREAKING NEWS: Deputies are on scene by the river SE of the Anzalduas Park in Las Paloma Wildlife Management Area where Border Patrol agents located 4 deceased bodies. Bodies appear to be 2 infants, a toddler and 20yoa female. Deputies are awaiting FBI agents who will be leading. pic.twitter.com/2qPCYDjZBu— Sheriff Eddie Guerra (@SheriffGuerra) June 24, 2019
.@kilmeade on children who have been split from their parents as a result of Trump administration policy: "Like it or not, these are not our kids. Show them compassion, but it's not like he's doing this to the people of Idaho or Texas. These are people from another country." pic.twitter.com/s24zwyDfNc— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 22, 2018
Heading back into Texas now. I am told this cross on the Mexican side has a nail put in it each time a murdered/missing woman is found. Unclear on how often the nails get replaced. Some nails hold the “body tags” of those found. pic.twitter.com/zjzhSsylV8— Andrew Kimmel (@andrewkimmel) July 3, 2019
In early July, the Trump administration denied reports of inadequate hygiene.
A look inside a detention center (8 June 2019, New York Times and El Paso Times)
Never Again Action, a Jewish activist group, is protesting at ICE centers. (13 July 2019, Times of Israel)
Horror. A man, his partner, & 2 children. 11 y/o & 6 months. Stopped by ICE. On way to doctors appointment for the baby. Local police shattered his window, ripped him out, & handed him to ICE. Only let him say goodbye to one of his 2 kids. “I want daddy.” pic.twitter.com/fz2UenHGSV— Scott Hechinger (@ScottHech) July 25, 2019
NEW: A 44-year-old Mexican man died in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody in Georgia on Wednesday, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.— Hamed Aleaziz (@Haleaziz) July 25, 2019
“Galicia says he lost 26 pounds during that time because officers didn’t provide him with enough food. He wasn’t allowed to shower. His skin was dry and dirty.”— Jennifer Harris (@jwharris) July 24, 2019
Chairman Graham just broke FOUR committee rules in order to advance Pres. Trump’s bill to lock up immigrant children INDEFINITELY. Rules every Republican voted for 6 months ago. Rules I always respected as chairman.— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) August 1, 2019
They might as well rip them up. So I did it for them. pic.twitter.com/SCjnFLSOtE
On August 13, acting USCIS director Ken Cuccinelli said on television that the poem on the Statue of Liberty should read: "Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet, and who will not become a public charge." (In other words, that immigrants are welcome as long as they are able to work and will not require assistance from the government.) Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright — herself once a refugee from the Nazis and an immigrant to the United States, now 82 years old — said that Cuccinelli's comment was "one of the most un-American things I have ever heard." On August 14, BuzzFeed News immigration reporter Hamed Aleaziz complained that Cuccinelli, who assumed his position only two months previously, has since "pushed asylum officers to stop allowing some people seeking refuge in the country passage at an initial screening at the border...sped up initial screenings of immigrants seeking asylum, a move that advocates say will give immigrants less time to prepare for their interviews or recover from dangerous journeys...ended a policy that allows Filipino veterans of World War II to bring family members to the United States before their green cards are available...asked USCIS staffers to volunteer for ICE jobs...[and] rolled out the public charge rule." Cucinelli responded on Twitter: “Thx Hamed. The best is yet to come!” In response to which, Eli Valley: “Whoever’s compiling shit in The Hague, save this one.”
On August 21, 2019, the Trump administration announced a new policy allowing detained migrant families to be "kept indefinitely, until their cases are decided." The policy implies "an expectation that cases be resolved comparatively quickly — within around two months." The policy will take effect in two months. The Trump administration only a week ago "announced steps to limit legal migration, including a declaration that by seeking government benefits, migrants would jeopardize their chances of becoming permanent residents."
If those rules "are allowed to stand, we will have entered a new era," wrote Sasha Abramsky, as the change "will take away state licensing authority over family detention facilities and hand that power over to ICE. At the same time, it will remove the ability of designated lawyers, who have a mandate under Flores to monitor the conditions children are kept in, to even set foot in the detention centers."
Well, ICE camps now already meet the international definition of concentration camps.— Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg (@TheRaDR) August 22, 2019
So this would be an even bigger an escalation.
In September, an ICE officer in Tennessee opened fire on an undocumented immigrant who fled their attempt to take him into custody.
In August, a forty-year-old man deported from the US to Iraq (despite having been born in Greece and never having been to Iraq) died in Iraq, probably due to a lack of diabetes medication, as his lawyers had argued would likely happen, but the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals allowed ICE to continue with deportations. Many immigrants to the US could face similar fates if they are deported to Iraq or elsewhere. One example is a 16-year-old with cystic fibrosis whose story was featured in the New York Times on September 9. He received a letter telling him that his medical excuse for being in the country was provided, and then he'd have to leave.
On September 11, the Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to limit asylum claims by Central American migrants. The Trump administration can now deny asylum claims from people who passed through another country (usually Mexico) before arriving in the US, since they didn't "request protection at the first opportunity" (i.e. they didn't claim asylum in Mexico). The rule is still being appealed in lower courts, but the Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to behave as it wishes until the results of the legal appeals come in.
Tried to view “tent courts” in Laredo where migrants are in asylum hearings.— Mariana Atencio (@marianaatencio) September 16, 2019
DHS employee at entrance told us NO ACCESS to media or public -even to lawyers that don’t have clients- due to the facility being located at a port of entry.
He said it was a PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE. pic.twitter.com/dDqmhdLCsk
The National Park Service believes (according to an internal report obtained by the press in September 2019) that 22 archaeological sites inside Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, containing the history of the peoples of the Sonoran Desert, are threatened by the construction of the border barrier. Noting that archaeology cannot be performed on the government's schedule, a senior program manager for the National Parks Conservation Association said, "This is just one more reason why ramming this wall through, using illegal, unconstitutional money, is damaging to these public resources. We're destroying what the wall is supposed to protect."
EXCLUSIVE: More than 400 babies have been sent to Mexico to await U.S. immigration court dates, where dehydrated mothers struggle to nurse and parents chew up donated food to feed their infants https://t.co/35yGIUgsQd pic.twitter.com/6AeRRZCbAl— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) October 11, 2019
Y'all we need your help!— United We Dream (@UNITEDWEDREAM) October 13, 2019
CBP is at @AHMCAventura waiting for a woman who is currently in the emergency room.
Call Aventura Hospital and DEMAND they tell CBP to leave the building and stop terrorizing the patients seeking care!
Call now: 831-200-1822pic.twitter.com/1GUODu9u4x
“AP: Children are kidnapped and trafficked for US adoption by Bethany Christian Services, an adoption agency strongly supported by the DeVos family, after migrant parents are illegally denied asylum and then deported”— Shannon Dingle (@ShannonDingle) October 19, 2019
There. Fixed it for you.
Trump administration testing rapid asylum review, deportation process in Texas https://t.co/tDShcblsZr— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 24, 2019
“We’re building a wall in Colorado," Trump said at a rally in Pennsylvania on October 23, 2019. “Well this is awkward ... Colorado doesn’t border Mexico,” Colorado's governor, Jared Polis, tweeted.
Hey friends. Please retweet this and take action. The mother of a former Pomona student is being held in detention by ICE while recovering from Stage 4 cancer.— Kyla Wazana Tompkins (@kwazana) October 31, 2019
Your help is critical, this is what you can do:
hi guys meet my mom & dad.. why are they crying ? Because this picture was taken moments before my momma got deported. pic.twitter.com/CwSYIcdNuq— Erika Marquez (@erika_lizbeth_) October 31, 2019
At the White House Halloween party in 2019, a game was designed for children to "build the wall."
URGENT: ICE woke up my mom at midnight, lied to her to get her handcuffed & transfer to an unknown location without notifying her, her attorney, or family. We have no idea where she is and we fear she is being be deported even though she still has motions and appeals pending.— #ReleaseTaniaNow 🇭🇳 (@MajeMojado) November 11, 2019
In 2018, ICE was luring foreign-born students to a fake university and then arresting and deporting them. (The fake school was shut down in January 2019 by other authorities.)
In September 2020:
1. Look, there's a LOT of news right now, but this is something I think is worth paying attention to.— Jack Jenkins (@jackmjenkins) September 21, 2020
Faith leaders are condemning the arrest of an undocumented immigrant *on church grounds* by ICE, arguing it violates govt “sensitive locations” policy. https://t.co/JGnMHxUvUU
In October 2020, the New York Times revealed more about the origins of family separation: article