Trumps border camp scandal

Trump’s Internment Camp Scandal

Trump’s Internment Camp Scandal -Best Reason To Impeach

The truth is leaking out about Donald Trump’s scandalous internment camps for stolen children. This clear abuse of power and the deadly and trauma rises to the level of high crimes that are enough to justify impeachment.

Dear MoveOn member,

Most of the thousands of children being held at detention camps at the U.S.-Mexico border crossed the border with parents or other family members—only to be torn away from their families by U.S. government agents.1

Now, they are being held in the most inhumane conditions—in overcrowded cages that are so cold that they are referred to as “ice boxes,” forced to sleep on concrete floors, left hungry and without the most basic care, like soap or clean clothes.2

A pediatrician who visited the camps called them “torture facilities.”3

Sources:
1. “Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children,” The New Yorker, June 22, 2019 https://act.moveon.org/go/67482?t=11&akid=238113%2E37212143%2Epe_ZOa

2, 3. “‘Torture Facilities’: Eyewitnesses Describe Poor Conditions At Texas Detention Centers For Migrant Children,” On Point, June 25, 2019 https://act.moveon.org/go/67542?t=13&akid=238113%2E37212143%2Epe_ZOa

 

Images from the Close the Camps protests
Tens of thousands of people like you—members of MoveOn, United We Dream, Families Belong Together, and American Friends Service Committee, along with more than 50 sponsor organizations—held over 175 protests in over 40 states. And more than 800 letters were hand-delivered to members of Congress, ensuring they received our demands and feel the pressure to act.  

Our message was heard around the world—and in the home districts of our representatives and senators. 

These Close the Camps protests have changed the way our entire country is talking about the atrocities being committed on our southern border. More than 1,500 local news clips broadcasted our demand to close the camps and to establish an immigration system that uplifts the human rights of all people. Together, we are ensuring that our message cannot be ignored.

We are powerful when we act together, and our work is just beginning.

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James,
 
Over the last year, at least seven children have died in government-run concentration camps at our southern border, and 24 immigrants altogether during the Trump presidency. Many of the detained children still don’t have toothbrushes, diapers, soap, clean clothes, or medicine. 
 
We’re working with Families Belong Together again to raise money for supplies and legal aid for children at the border. James, can you make a direct donation to Families Belong Together?
 
Any place where thousands of people are detained and vilified on the basis of race or religion without access to fundamental rights is a concentration camp. Children are dying on our soil as a result of Donald Trump’s immigration policies and his Republican enablers in Washington. Families Belong Together provides legal services and other essential resources for refugees fleeing violence and persecution, and all donations will go towards their efforts to reunify families.
 
 
Together, let’s step up to do what the Trump administration refuses to do: treat those seeking a new life in this country with dignity, respect, and compassion.

donate now

In solidarity, 
Nathaly Arriola
Legislative and Political Director
Need to Impeach

 

Hungry, alone, and terrified (children in cages at our border)

A year ago, when Donald Trump was separating migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border, we rose up and forced Trump to end the policy.1

But now, largely through lawyers at the border, we’ve learned that the Trump administration is again illegally separating children from their families and detaining them in the most inhumane conditions—putting them in cages, forcing them to sleep on concrete floors, and leaving them hungry, alone, and terrified, without even soap or toothbrushes.2

A 15-year-old girl told one of the lawyers that there’s nothing to do but cry.3

An eight-year old boy told a lawyer, “They took us away from our grandmother, and now we are all alone. They have not given us to our mother. We have been here for a long time. I have to take care of my little sister. She is very sad because she misses our mother and grandmother very much … We sleep on a cement bench. There are two mats in the room, but the big kids sleep on the mats, so we have to sleep on the cement bench.”4

And a 17-year old boy said, “At Ursula [detention center], we have not been able to shower. The toilet is out in the open in the cage; there is no door for any privacy. There is water but no soap to wash our hands. There are no paper towels to dry our hands. We have not been given a toothbrush or toothpaste to brush our teeth.”5

As photos, audio, and stories emerge from the camps, outrage has grown to a crescendo over the past week, and right now is our opportunity to create the tipping point that forces the Trump administration to stop separating children from their families—once and for all.

That’s why MoveOn’s team has sprung into action, along with our colleagues at the American Friends Service Committee, Families Belong Together, and United We Dream, to organize a wave of highly visible protests across the country this Tuesday, July 2.

Most of these children have family, including parents, in the United States. But the Trump administration is taking them away from family and classifying them as “unaccompanied minors.”6

One lawyer who is part of the teams interviewing children at the camps explained, “There were children at this facility who came across with parents and were separated from parents. There were other children at the facility who came across with other adult family members. We met almost no children who came across unaccompanied. The United States is taking children away from their family unit and reclassifying them as unaccompanied children.”7

A 16-year-old girl at one of the camps told a lawyer, “We are in a metal cage with 20 other teenagers, with babies and young children. We have one mat we need to share with each other. It is very cold. We each got a mylar blanket, but it is not enough to warm up. … The lights are [on] all of the time.”8

The U.S. government, our government, is tearing children away from their families and terrorizing them—and it’s on our watch. It’s up to each of us to speak out and fight back. Together, we can close the camps and reunite children with their families. We we truly can’t do it without you, James. Will you help out?

Please, click here right now to chip in $3 to help support MoveOn’s emergency effort to close child concentration camps, reunite families, and end this moral outrage.

Thanks for all you do.

–Vicki, Bill, Gabby, Eric, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. “Family Separation Protests Shift the Narrative,” The Atlantic, June 30, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/42384?t=4&akid=238028%2E37212143%2Ebkax4s

2. “Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children,” The New Yorker, June 22, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/67482?t=6&akid=238028%2E37212143%2Ebkax4s

3, 4, 5. “Kids Describe In Their Own Words The Dire Conditions Inside A Border Detention Center,” BuzzFeed, June 27, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/67524?t=8&akid=238028%2E37212143%2Ebkax4s

6, 7. “Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children,” The New Yorker, June 22, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/67482?t=10&akid=238028%2E37212143%2Ebkax4s

8. Kids Describe In Their Own Words The Dire Conditions Inside A Border Detention Center,” BuzzFeed, June 27, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/67524?t=12&akid=238028%2E37212143%2Ebkax4s

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Click here to chip in $3, or whatever you can afford.

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We’ve been hearing non-stop for the last few weeks about the abysmal conditions that people seeking refuge in the United States are facing in Trump’s inhumane concentration camps. We wanted to update you on the latest that’s been happening in Congress, and highlight a few opportunities to take action in the coming weeks and months to demand that Congress act to Defund Hate and #CloseTheCamps.

Since taking office, Trump has demonstrated again and again that he will use every dollar he can to expand his enforcement apparatus. And yet, Congress — including the Democratically-controlled House — gave Trump the supplemental Department of Homeland Security funding he requested, without meaningful guardrails for how that money would be spent. In other words, they simply wrote Trump and his deportation a blank check to continue terrorizing immigrant families.

How did that happen? Facing a rebellion from House moderates (read: Josh Gottheimer and the Problem Solvers Caucus), who threatened to block the earlier House-passed legislation that would have mandated improved conditions for immigrants in detention centers, Speaker Pelosi caved and passed (with mainly Republican votes!) Mitch McConnell’s bill. Immigrant rights groups, progressive members of Congress, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus opposed the bill and even said it would make the situation in concentration camps worse

To say that we’re disappointed in this lack of moral clarity from Speaker Pelosi and the 129 House Democrats who voted yes is an understatement. We’re outraged. But this fight is far from over. 

We HAVE to #DefundHate. Congress is currently in the final stages of the appropriations process, where it decides how much funding federal agencies will receive for the year — including ICE and CBP. The first draft of the funding bill for DHS, which was released and voted on by the House Appropriations Committee in June, includes some key improvements. But it’s far from perfect and still contains some problematic provisions (such as a $387 million slush fund for ICE). Check out our explainer on this here.

Calling Out Trump’s Internment Camp Scandal

Tens of thousands of MoveOn members and our allies took to the streets at more than 175 protests in more than 40 states to demand that Donald Trump’s child concentration camps, where immigrants seeking asylum are being detained, be closed immediately. The pressure is growing, and now multiple members of Congress have visited or have pledged visit the camps.

But it will take all of holding our government accountable to provide justice to those in detention.

This inhumane treatment of asylum seekers and immigrants is an atrocity, and we must ensure that every American knows about the brutality being perpetrated by our government in our name. That’s why MoveOn has just printed a big batch of “Close the Camps” stickers, designed by artist Pablo Stanley, and is giving them away for free, while supplies last.

Click here or on the image below to order your sticker now.

Last week, we learned that the Trump administration continues to separate children from their families, is refusing to provide soap or toothpaste to the migrant children in these camps, that the children are not allowed to take showers or change their clothes, that babies held there are denied diapers, and that the lights are being left on 24 hours a day to deny those who are detained there the right to sleep.1

And on Monday, journalists at ProPublica revealed the existence of a secret Facebook group with nearly 10,000 Border Patrol agents—about half of the total number of agents in the country—making cruel jokes about the children who have died in their care, using racist epithets, and posting disgusting, threatening memes of members of Congress who oppose the camps.2

When those same members of Congress visited the camps later that day, they were told by an imprisoned woman that when she asked if she could have some water, a Border Patrol agent told her to drink out of the toilet.3

It is clear that it is not just “a few bad apples” at the border committing these heinous acts. It is clear that this is not just one rogue camp not following the rules. This is the result of an intentional strategy by the Trump administration to terrorize immigrant communities and criminalize immigration.

That is why MoveOn members joined more than 50 partner organization to take to the streets and the halls of Congress this week to demand that all members of Congress use every tool available to them to end these inhumane conditions and close the camps right now, defund these out-of-control agencies, and hold Trump and his administration accountable.

Please click here to order your free “Close the Camps” sticker now to help spread the word, and then share this with your family and friends.

Thanks for all you do.
–Emma, Iram, Schuyler, Reggie, and the rest of the team

Sources: 

1. “The horrifying conditions facing kids in border detention, explained,” Vox, June 25, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/67545?t=10&akid=238325%2E37212143%2Ex_1Q6C

2. “Inside the Secret Border Patrol Facebook Group Where Agents Joke About Migrant Deaths and Post Sexist Memes,” ProPublica, July 1, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/67546?t=12&akid=238325%2E37212143%2Ex_1Q6C

3. “Ocasio-Cortez: Detained migrants being told to ‘drink out of toilets,'” NBC News, July 1, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/67547?t=14&akid=238325%2E37212143%2Ex_1Q6C

 
 

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