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Monday, June 24, 2019

"Donald Trump is running concentration camps at the border. The question remains: what are we going to do about it?"

Last surviving prosecutor at Nuremberg trials says Trump's family separation policy is ‘crime against humanity’

He asks: 'What could cause more great suffering than what they did in the name of immigration law?'

This is America's shame brought to us by a shameless bigot and liar, Donald Trump:

An Expert on Concentration Camps Says That's Exactly What the U.S. Is Running at the Border

Surely, the United States of America could not operate concentration camps. In the American consciousness, the term is synonymous with the Nazi death machines across the European continent that the Allies began the process of dismantling 75 years ago this month. But while the world-historical horrors of the Holocaust are unmatched, they are only the most extreme and inhuman manifestation of a concentration-camp system—which, according to Andrea Pitzer, author of One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps, has a more global definition. 

There have been concentration camps in France, South Africa, Cuba, the Soviet Union, and—with Japanese internment—the United States. In fact, she contends we are operating such a system right now in response to a very real spike in arrivals at our southern border. “We have what I would call a concentration camp system,” Pitzer says, “and the definition of that in my book is, mass detention of civilians without trial.”

Doctor compares conditions for unaccompanied children at immigrant holding centers to 'torture facilities'

"From sleeping on concrete floors with the lights on 24 hours a day to no access to soap or basic hygiene, migrant children in at least two U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities face conditions one doctor described as comparable to 'torture facilities.'

The disturbing, first-hand account of the conditions were observed by lawyers and a board-certified physician in visits last week to border patrol holding facilities in Clint, Texas, and McAllen, a city in the southern part of the state. (MORE: Katharine Gorka tapped as Customs and Border Protection press secretary) The descriptions paint a bleak image of horrific conditions for children, the youngest of whom is 2 1/2 months old."


"Not only do these children in question not have beds, they are not even turning off the lights so that they can go to sleep. Sleep deprivation is a form of torture, plain and simple."

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Anonymous said...

A disgrace to our country.

Ray said...

f"Hundreds of migrant children have been transferred out of a filthy Border Patrol station in Texas where they had been detained for weeks without access to soap, clean clothes or adequate food, the authorities confirmed on Monday, suggesting that worsening conditions and overcrowding inside federal border facilities may have reached a breaking point.

The move came days after a group of lawyers was given access to the station in Clint, Tex., about 20 miles southeast of El Paso, and said they saw children as young as 8 caring for infants, toddlers with no diapers, and children who said they were waking up at night because they were hungry.

Though the station had held a relatively small population of migrants, compared to the tens of thousands who have been crossing the border each month, the lawyers’ accounts offered a rare view into a system that has largely been hidden from public view.

Other examples of facilities with poor conditions have trickled out in recent months through reports published by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general, as well as from other lawyers who have occasionally been allowed in. Access to the facilities has been largely restricted, however, even as federal authorities have declared that the number of migrants on the border has escalated beyond their ability to safely handle.

“We continue to experience a humanitarian and security crisis at the southern border of the United States, and the situation becomes more dire each day,” said Evelyn Stauffer, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services’s Office of Refugee Resettlement, which houses children after they have been transferred out of temporary border facilities."

Not one fking word about this on the usual rabid rightwing blogs, Mother Ship included. They continue to trash A.O.C. and Hillary while this is going on, confirming their shameful allegience to a monster president.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Anon @6PM 6/24:

"Trump's line of defense to a rape accusation is 'She's not my type.' That's his first thought, not 'I would never rape anyone!.' (Which a moral, innocent person would say.)

Republican family values.

Shaw Kenawe said...

I forgot to attribute the above quotation. It's a quote from Lawrence O"Donnell.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Ray, We need to call these horror places "Trump's Concentration-Torture Camps." Never let the American people forget what a monster he is.

Rational Nation USA said...

Unless and until this nation actually FIXES our immigration system, streamlines the process for naturalization, and FINDS A WAY to effectively control and manage the influx of immigrants this problem will continue to haunt our nation.

This problem has been brewing for 40 years and NEITHER damn party has really done anything to to actually FIX IT. Trump is without a doubt a monster without a shred of empathy. I certainly get all that, and, I too find his policy barbaric and inhumane. But he didn't create the problem that is now overburdening our nation. Frankly maybe we should consider going back to a quota system and strictly enforce it.

Bottom line is that if we don't control the volume of immigrants eventually our nation will be overrun with people and the increased pressures on our infrastructure and economic system will cause them to collapse.

So, when Trump is out of office, and when we have a congress that actually works across the aisle to solve problems (if we ever again have one of these) the issue of immigration control and management should be PRIORITY ONE. But I'm betting it won't be. Our politicians lack the political will to do the right thing.

Dave Miller said...

RN... most of this current group of people are here asking for asylum.

That's fine.

Our President could fix this in a minute. Invoke his emergency powers and do the following. Call up, or draft a freaking boatload of lawyers. Pay them their normal wage and make them Temporary Immigration Judges. Ask Mitch to name 500 and Pelosi to name 500. That way Mitch's lawyers will send some home that probably deserve to stay, but Pelosi's will save a few that should go home. Call it even.

And clear the decks.

Why is this so hard?

Probably because if we fixed it, neither party would be able to beat on their political opponents.

Rational Nation USA said...

Bingo Dave. Your closing sentence is spot on.

R.D. said...

Re your side bar, "She's not my type."

I wonder what Trump's type is for raping? Did he share with the world his favorite type to rape?

Imgine if Barack Obama said such a disgusting thing.

Libertarian said...

Concentration Camp + Never Again = nazi holocaust. For all but the historically ignorant, it means nothing else, and she insulted and disrespected every victim of nazi Germany.

Politics is making us dumber as a society.

Ducky's here said...

We are in danger of losing our collective soul

Fort Sill was also where we imprisoned Geronimo. It has a storied history.

Many of these children could be released to families in the U.S. This is a travesty that continues while the meaning of "concentration camp" is debated.

Shaw Kenawe said...

"Libertarian" @12:24 PM,

Please look at today's, Wednesday, June 26, post.

Ocasio-Cortez did NOT insult "every victim of Nazi Germany. She alerted AMERICA to what is going on at the southern border, and an expert on concentration camp systems, Andrea Pitzer, backs up A.O.C.'s claim. There are many kinds of concentration camps, according to Pitzer, the horrendous extreme being what Nazi Germany ran. What is going on at our southern border is not the extreme, but it is certainly within the definition of a concentration camp system.

Shaw Kenawe said...


America has a long and sordid history of rounding up people and putting them in camps.

The people who refuse to see what is happening are, IMO, the same sort of people as were the "Good Germans" who refused to see what was happening in the camps in the 1930s.

Look to the leader of this country and understand why people are tolerating this abuse, and in some cases, torture of babies and children.

I have an expert's research and studies to back up the claim that what's going on at the southern border is a kind of concentration camp system.

Rational Nation USA said...

FYI Shaw, the "Libertarian" comment @ 12:24 PM is a comment that was made by Silverfiddle over at AOW's a day or two ago. Looks like the flying monkeys from WYD weblog are copying and pasting other folks comments under a fake name.

Shaw Kenawe said...


Thanks for the heads-up. I get a lot of that. Last week I got a lot of comments in moderation about Franco's blog and WYD's blog telling me I was the subject in comments. Why do these weenies think I care what anyone says about me on those blogs?

I also get lots of comments from Lisa's flying monkeys.

skudrunner said...

I agree with RN about immigration reform. Unfortunately this has been an issue passed on by the last three administrations and when the current administration passes it to congress for ideas all you hear are crickets. They would rather blame than fix. The previous administration had an opportunity but all they did was create a temporary fix and no more. Maybe Nikki can come up with a solution instead of blame.