Inside Trump's camps: What a human rights attorney saw
Donald Trump's administration is intentionally causing pain and suffering to nonwhite migrants and refugees along the U.S.-Mexico border and elsewhere. At least 11 have died, including seven children. There have been thousands of reports of children being abused by staff members at Border Patrol and related facilities between 2014 and 2018. This has likely only gotten worse under Trump.
The babies, children and adults being held in Trump's concentration camps do not have proper access to clean water, toothpaste, soap and other hygiene products, adequate food, safe places to sleep or sufficient medical care. There have been repeated reports of detainees being forced to drink from toilets and kept in conditions so dangerous that Border Patrol officers armed themselves in preparation for an imminent uprising. In Trump's concentration camps, children are covered in human waste and other filth because they have not been allowed to bathe.
For example, the Border Patrol detention center in Clint, Texas, is so unsanitary that on Saturday the New York Times reported:
Outbreaks of scabies, shingles and chickenpox were spreading among the hundreds of children who were being held in cramped cells, agents said. The stench of the children’s dirty clothing was so strong it spread to the agents’ own clothing — people in town would scrunch their noses when they left work. The children cried constantly. One girl seemed likely enough to try to kill herself that the agents made her sleep on a cot in front of them, so they could watch her as they were processing new arrivals.
As he does about most things, Donald Trump has lied about this unconscionable situation. On Friday he told the press, "I've seen some of those places and they are run beautifully. ... They're clean. They're good, they do a great job."