Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Trump's Concentration Camp Systems. Ocasio-Cortez is Correct.
I've read and heard the criticism against A. Ocasio-Cortez for referring the the camps at the southern border for children as "concentration camps." I've also read Andrea Pitzer, an expert who's written about concentration camps, and she asserts, from her research and studies of such mass incarcerations, that what is going on at the border is, indeed, a concentration camp system.
The Holocaust was an extreme concentration camp system, and what is going on at our southern border, while not as extreme or as deadly, is, by Ms. Pitzer's informed research, a SYSTEM of concentration camps.
To deny or say otherwise is to turn a blind eye to the abuse and even in some cases torture and death of babies and children -- living, breathing babies and children -- at these camps.
A blistering shame on America and the Trump administration.
"On Monday, New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez referred to US border detention facilities as “concentration camps,” spurring a backlash in which critics accused her of demeaning the memory of those who died in the Holocaust. Debates raged over a label for what is happening along the southern border and grew louder as the week rolled on. But even this back-and-forth over naming the camps has been a recurrent feature in the mass detention of civilians ever since its inception, a history that long predates the Holocaust.
At the heart of such policy is a question: What does a country owe desperate people whom it does not consider to be its citizens? The twentieth century posed this question to the world just as the shadow of global conflict threatened for the second time in less than three decades. The dominant response was silence, and the doctrine of absolute national sovereignty meant that what a state did to people under its control, within its borders, was nobody else’s business. After the harrowing toll of the Holocaust with the murder of millions, the world revisited its answer, deciding that perhaps something was owed to those in mortal danger.
From the Fourth Geneva Convention protecting civilians in 1949 to the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child, the international community established humanitarian obligations toward the most vulnerable that apply, at least in theory, to all nations."
"So far, American citizens have gotten only glimpses of the conditions in the border camps that have been opened in their name. In the month of May, Customs and Border Protection reported a total of 132,887 migrants who were apprehended or turned themselves in between ports of entry along the southwest border, an increase of 34 percent from April alone. Upon apprehension, these migrants are temporarily detained by Border Patrol, and once their claims are processed, they are either released or handed over to ICE for longer-term detention. Yet Border Patrol itself is currently holding about 15,000 people, nearly four times what government officials consider to be this enforcement arm’s detention capacity.
On June 12, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that Fort Sill, an Army post that hosted a World War II internment camp for detainees of Japanese descent, will now be repurposed to detain migrant children. In total, HHS reports that it is currently holding some 12,000 minors. Current law limits detention of minors to twenty days, though Senator Lindsey Graham has proposed expanding the court-ordered limit to 100 days. Since the post is on federal land, it will be exempt from state child welfare inspections."
READ THE REST HERE AND UNDERSTAND WHY THE TERM "CONCENTRATION CAMP" APPLIES TO WHERE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS KEEPING THESE CHILDREN.