Wednesday, August 21, 2019

New Concentration Camp Thing Happening

[TRIGGER WARNING: SUICIDAL IDEATION, RAPE MENTION]

Okay people have stopped freaking out about the fact that we still have concentration camps and though a couple have been shut down through hard and amazing work by activist groups, the vast, vast majority are still open and migrants are still actively suffering right now, including kids.

And speaking of migrant kids.

Trump Wants to Keep Migrant Kids in Detention Indefinitely

The Trump administration announced new regulations on Wednesday that will allow migrant families — including children — to be detained indefinitely until their court cases are settled. 
The new rules effectively gut the Flores Settlement Agreement, a 1997 court order outlining standards of care for migrant kids in federal custody that limits how long federal immigration authorities can detain minors. Under Flores, migrant children can be detained for a maximum of 20 days, a limit the new rule ended to allow for indefinite detention.

So obviously this is another step toward full genocide and is generally awful, but here are a few things I feel compelled to point out.

First of all, the Flores agreement is the thing that Trump has been calling a "loophole" for years. It's not a loophole, however, it's a set of standards meant to keep conditions for the human beings we keep arresting for fleeing for their lives at a level that at least doesn't sink into full "human rights abuses" mode.

Second, the supposedly great conditions that Kevin McAleenan, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, refers to when giving the example of the Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania are not even there.

Mothers in Family Detention Launch Hunger Strike: ‘We Will Get Out Alive or Dead’

Conditions there were so bad in 2016 that mothers went on a hunger strike because their detained kids were fucking suicidal.

The teenagers say being here, life makes no sense, that they would like to break the window to jump out and end this nightmare, and on many occasions they ask us if we have the courage to escape. Other kids grab their IDs and tighten them around their necks and say that they are going to kill themselves if they don’t get out of here. The youngest kids (2 years old) cry at night for not being able to express what they feel.

Lastly, why even bother pretending that conditions for indefinitely detained kids will be good when you admit the policy is yet another meant to be a "deterrent" for people who have nowhere better to go.

McAleenan said the rule, along with these policies, will deter prospective migrants with children from making the trek to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Let me make this clear. Any policy explicitly meant to "deter" "prospective migrants" is pure evil. In plain terms, it means they're trying to make coming to the U.S. worse for migrants than staying in their home country to be forced into gangs, raped, and/or murdered.

When the U.S. was the one who caused those conditions in Central America and many other places around the world to begin with.

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