Thousands of Kids Secretly Moved to Tent Prison “Concentration Camps” – Twitter Explodes with Fury
Prominent Trump backer Joe Arpaio first rose to national infamy when he erected tent prisons in the sweltering heat of desert Arizona, announcing with clear vitriol to any TV camera that would point at him that he was getting tough on crime. The one-time self-styled “toughest Sheriff in America” is now a felon, a convicted criminal himself. He was accused, tried, and convicted of a pattern of abusing the Constitutional rights of people who fell prey to the department of rogue cops under his control (especially people of color, particularly Latinos). In fact, Arpaio would be in prison himself right now, likely for the rest of his life, if not for a political payback pardon from President Trump.
And now it seems that the Trump administration has taken one of the most cruel tactics from Arpaio’s playbook, a tent prison in the desert, and is using it against Latino… children.
In a stunning report from the New York Times, journalist Caitlyn Decker revealed that the Trump administration has been secretly moving thousands of immigrant and refugee children, held without their parents, to a tent prison complex in the desert of West Texas, in the dead of night. The children are brought in from the detention centers and homes where they’ve been housed, strewn about the country. They’re reportedly awakened and moved with little warning, to keep them from running away.
Before they were moved to the sand colored tents outside Tornillo Texas, where desert temperatures range from extremely high to extremely low, these children were placed in private foster homes, or facilities where they would share a room with one or two other kids. In Trump’s Arpaio style tent prisons, children sleep in dormitories in rows of bunks, in groups of twenty. And unlike their previous housing, these children have no school (instead they’re given a workbook, which they do not have to complete) and very limited access to legal services.
Major differences between Trump’s tent prisons and Arpaio’s? In Arpaio’s tent prisons males were made to wear pink underwear to embarrass them. There’s no word of that kind of foolishness, here. In Arpaio’s tent prisons the prisoners were mostly adults. And in Arpaio’s tent prisons, air conditioning wasn’t always provided. That’s about where the differences end.
In Trump’s tent prisons, like in Arpaio’s, those held captive against their will are primarily Latino, and targeted in a clearly race based policy. A policy which, in Apaio’s case, led to a conviction for violating the Constitutional rights of citizens. In Trump’s tent prisons, at least, there is air conditioning. But then again, the prisoners are all children, separated from their families, and held without their parents. And both the Trump and Arpaio prisons were erected in a desert location.
When workers at facilities formerly housing some of these children learned of the impending moves, the Times report says, many were deeply concerned, and moved to tears. But the outrage has not ended there, as President Trump’s favorite social network, Twitter, exploded with outrage at the news. And so did the grounds of the Tornillo, Texas facility, which saw crowds of protesters.
Capacity: 3800. All kids. https://t.co/oM25xRx2LW
— Matt Katz (@mattkatz00) September 30, 2018
A crowd of protesters gathered at the Tornillo Port of Entry Saturday morning to call for the release of all migrants detained in "tent city".https://t.co/SCxMREDvxd
— KTSM NewsChannel 9 (@KTSMtv) September 30, 2018
"This cannot be the right solution," says one advocate. Regulations off, children moved in the middle of the night, with little warning (so they won't run away). https://t.co/PCCb3oc9r5
— Joe Shapiro (@NPRJoeShapiro) September 30, 2018
The United States is in violation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. It's time for UN Peace Keeping forces to seize these camps. #bluehelmets
— Daniel Coo (@danielcoo) September 30, 2018
— TitanMen (@TitanMen) September 30, 2018
— Bad Hombre (@NabetseMH) September 30, 2018
Texas has become a Guantanamo for migrant children with no transparency to reporters, welfare workers, and medical aid. Gov Abbott, along with Senators Cruz and Cornyn never address comprehensive immigration reform much less separation of families. These Texas leaders have to go.
— K.C. (@Klaude_C) September 30, 2018
no would could have predicted that letting the dead-eyed soulless Nazi ghoul Stephen Miller write immigration policy would lead to this
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) September 30, 2018
These children, moved in the dark of night because my government doesn't want me to know what they're up to, not emoluments or tweets, will be what my son is gonna ask me about one day. Hope I have a good answer.https://t.co/oh3XoNykbv pic.twitter.com/PGi4L7s1r7
— Doug Stern (@dougstern) September 30, 2018
— StopHimNow (@Saintsfan5348) September 30, 2018
And Twitter made one observation rather pointedly. A similar observation to one that Reverb Press made not long ago, to the chagrin of Politifact, which half disagreed. And that is, this looks a lot like “concentration camps”.
One of my favorite games is watching American media tiptoe delicately around words like “concentration camps” as if verbal ballet is what the fascists are really afraid of https://t.co/IOeybpHKec
— ❤️ (@umairh) September 30, 2018
We have concentration camps in America. https://t.co/GL2QaxjwJw
— Bill Prady (@billprady) September 30, 2018
Pulled abruptly from shelters and foster homes and forced to live in an unregulated tent city, sleep in bunks, with no access to schooling and scant legal support.
These sound like child concentration camps. https://t.co/dPg2fAs3ZT
— Jeremy Konyndyk (@JeremyKonyndyk) September 30, 2018
It's so friggen hot 3/4 of the year down here in Texas.
Concentration camps for kids? This isn't my America!
Lets take it back!
VOTE LIKE HELL AMERICA,
THESE KIDS LIVES DEPEND ON IT!
— Linda KWS (@LindaKWS1) September 30, 2018
If you use the proper term it may stop. These are by definition, "Concentration Camps." Not death camps like the Nazis in 1942 but similar to Dachau in 1937. Is it a mater of time till Trump and Miller start exterminations? Don't say you didn't know. Don't pretend it's normal. https://t.co/0pbMN754v8
— Tim Hogan (@TimInHonolulu) September 30, 2018
Yes we now have concentration kid camps in America an we’ve lost our nations Soul but in exchange we got 30 pieces of silver in our 401k’s that will stain us till we die.
Best Pray there is no after life cause we are all going to hell.
— Gary (@Moredumbtweets) September 30, 2018
American has concentration camps for kids seeking a better life. Kids!!!
— PhAMILY PhIRST (@SnowflkAvalanch) September 30, 2018
— 🎃 Medoween 🎃 (@Medoria) September 30, 2018
there weren't gas chambers in German concentration camps either, at first. Genocide occurs in stages, often. Taking a marginalized group away from communities and support networks is a first step towards making them disappear permanently without anyone knowing. https://t.co/LiSKJtOcAS
— Noah Berlatsky (@nberlat) September 30, 2018
Featured image via Doug Stern, Twitter