Freeing Children from Cages

The Trump administration’s treatment of immigrant children separated from their parents in detention facilities is not a new policy, but new stories about the substandard conditions that these children have been kept in have recently broken. Children have been forced to care for each other in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, with migrants even being held at Fort Sill, a site that was used as an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II. Many children in government custody do not have soap or clean clothes. In response, House Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has compared the detention facilities to concentration camps. Since September of last year, a number of children have diedin government custody (none had died for 10 years previously).

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