Update: July 2 at 1:18 pm:

Two July 2 Washington Post articles shed additional light on the horrible, inhuman conditions that Donald Trump is responsible for inflicting on both child and adult immigrant detainees.

The headlines themselves tell the stories. See:

A Facebook group for border agents was rife with racism and sexism. Now DHS is investigating

See also, Greg Sargent:

Awful new Trump cruelties just emerged. Where are the Democrats?

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Especially, one should ask:


Where are the impeachment proceedings? Shouldn't they have been started by now? What additional anti-immigrant horrors from the Trump regime are Nancy Pelosi and Jerrold Nadler waiting for?


My original comment appears below.

More reports, including an internal DHS report, are coming to light about horrendous conditions in Customs and Border Protection immigrant detention centers for both adults and children that both doctors and lawyers are comparing the conditions with torture. These reports should shock the conscience of America - even in Donald Trump's America.

A June 25 article by wbur.org describes the reactions of a pediatrician, Dolly Lucio Servier, and a lawyer, Elora Mukherjee director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School, to the appalling conditions for children at the CBP immigrant detention center in Clint, Texas. See:

'Torture Facilities': Eyewitnesses Describe Poor Conditions At Texas Detention Centers For Migrant Children

https://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2019/06/25/texas-border-control-facilities-migrant-children

Attorney Mukherjee states:


"...The conditions were the most degrading and inhuman conditions I have ever seen and I have been representing asylum-seeking children in detention facilities since 2007. This is unacceptable and should not be happening in America."

See also, Buzzfeed News (June 26):

A Doctor Found Malnourished And Sick Babies In Border Patrol Custody That She Compared to "Torture Facilities"

According to Dr. Servier, detention facility conditions at another CBP center, at McAllen, Texas, included a lack of baby formula, bad and inadequate food,and widespread infant respiratory infections. The same report describes terrible and inhuman conditions at not just one, but several CBP child detention centers.

Other horrifying reports show that brutal and inhuman immigration detention condition conditions in the Donald Trump era (but beginning, in a smaller way, under President Obama) also affect adults, and that this cruelty is deliberate, all in the name of "deterring" legitimate asylum seekers from seeking refuge in the United States.

See ThinkProgress (July 1):

Homeland Security admits it's using abhorrent conditions at detention centers to deter migration

https://thinkprogress.org/dhs-oig-homeland-security-report-el-paso-detention-center-conditions-used-to-deter-migration-9b0420b7e70b/

Inhuman conditions, including horrendous cell overcrowding, lack of showers and sleeping space, and being held outdoors in the intense Texas heat are the order of the day in immigration detention in Donald Trump's USA and may be there for a purpose.

The above report by ThinkProgress advises:

"Poor conditions, including overcrowding, flu outbreaks, and a lack of clean clothes are just par for the course at an El Paso border station, according to a report released Monday by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) office Office of Inspector General. In the report, border patorl argues that these conditions are necessary to stem the flow of migrants to the United States."

For a link to the full DHS report, see NBC News (July 1):

Agents feared riots, armed themselves because of dire conditions at migrant facility, DHS report says

https://www/nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/dhs-warned-may-border-station-conditions-so-bad-agents-feared-n1025136

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As I have often warned, but will repeat again, these dreadful conditions, which may or may not deserve to be compared to concentration camps - that is not the real issue - are not only a danger to the health, safety and lives of immigrants whom Donald Trump wants to keep out of the the US because they do not have the same white skin color as people from "Countries like Norway".

The cruelty which is being used against immigrants today could just as easily be used tomorrow against Americans who speak out against or do not fall in line behind Donald Trump, who habitually accuses hie critics of "treason" and vilifies them as "Enemies of the People".

This is something that all of us should be thinking about, as this same 45th US president walks into North Korea to shake hands with Kim Jong Un - who also has a few ideas of his own about what conditions should be like in "detention facilities" for people whom he objects to.



Roger Algase
Attorney at Law