Opinion: Migrant Children Separated from Families In Concentration Camps

Posted on December 7, 2018 by


Under President Trump’s executive order, children are being separated from their parents at the border and are being detained in a “tent city” in Texas. Some opponents to the plan have used the term “concentration camps,” as these camps are prison-like facilities that prevent underage individuals from leaving because of who they are.

As the Trump administration has no real plan on what to do with these children migrants, the similarities can be drawn to the Rivesaltes camp. The  Rivesaltes camp was a prison camp from the 1940s that kept multiple populations of oppressed peoples under harsh conditions. This is much like this “tent city” because both are shifting an unwanted group of people to avoid actually dealing with them in a civil manner.

The Trump Administration is walking a seemingly thin line, as one key piece of information about these types of detainment lingers; they often become permanent.  

The camps where the children are being held are under alarmingly harsh conditions. Many reports have placed children immigrants in dog cages and under tarps as a means of cover.

Wikipedia has added these camps to their list of concentration camps.

These detainment centers are a temporary solution to a long-term issue. As President Trump said he was not doing releases, there seems to be no resolution on the horizon.

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