The U.S. won’t be vaccinating migrant families in holding centers ahead of this year’s flu season, despite calls from doctors to boost efforts to fight the infection that’s killed at least three children at detention facilities in the past year.#trumpistan #ConcentrationCamps #Immigration #FluVaccine
We believe that we need to raise kids who have a fundamental belief in human respect and dignity of all people, and the power of respecting everyone. We believe that kindness is never wasted. We believe in a world where kids grow up, love learning, and always continue learning throughout their lives. What would the world be like if all children had access to the resources to become their best selves? By becoming their best selves, we mean: helping children become creative, caring, curious, and confident. When you think all the hopes and aspirations you have when you hold a small child in your hands, if we could make a world where those resources were available to children, so they can develop into their best selves and then grow to be adults that will change the world, what kind of better world could we have?https://www.fatherly.com/love-money/highlights-magazine-trump-immigration-policies-what-happened-next/
Our aspiration is that every kid would have those opportunities, which is how we were confronted with the realities of family separation. The conditions in detention centers. There’s this whole swathe of children that are not getting access to the resources they need; and the conditions and relationships with their parents and the adults in their world.
That’s really the conversation that had us then say, "We oughta say something about this."
The 18 year old US citizen described "inhumane" conditions at the CBP facility to The Dallas Morning News, saying he wasn't allowed to shower and was given so little food that he lost 26 pounds.https://www.insider.com/francisco-erwin-galicia-us-citizen-border-detention-conditions-self-deported-2019-7
Americans tend to conflate the idea of “concentration camps” with “death camps” because that’s how the simplified version of the war’s history presents them. Most of the concentration facilities run by the Nazi regime eventually became “death camps,” especially once it was clear that the Reich was on the back foot—but on the most literal level, the purpose of a concentration camp is right there in the name: to concentrate a group of people (often considered “undesirable”) in a limited space for ease of both containment and control.
In that sense, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez is absolutely correct about what we are doing to undocumented immigrants in this country: we are placing them in concentration camps. We needn’t be yanking their gold teeth, performing medical experiments on them, or shoving them all into a concrete room for a “shower” (please understand that I’m not making light of any of those things) in order for the fact that they’re in concentration camps to be true.
We did the same thing to Japanese-Americans during WW II—we just like to tell ourselves it was different from what the Reich was doing because we weren’t actively feeding anyone to furnaces.
Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez is absolutely correct to call the camps we’re detaining other human beings in “concentration camps.” She’s being called out because of the emotional resonance that term has in our history that exists entirely separately from its clinical meaning, but she is not wrong.
It’s just kinda galling to watch the people who’re freaking out over her (admittedly pathos-based-and-triggering) phrasing also praise Trump’s categorization of our undocumented immigration situation as “an invasion” (which is another pathos-steeped loaded label specifically designed to elicit an emotional response).