Texas Concentration Camp opens

U.S. Opens New Concentration Camp for Immigrants on Texas-Mexico Border

The U.S. government gave its new children’s prison the innocuous-sounding name “South Texas Family Residential Center.” Articles in the mainstream media invariably describe its “medical care and counselors, trailer classrooms, library and email access, and a basketball court and playgrounds...”—as if the federal government contracted the infamous CCA (Corrections Corporation of America, which should more accurately be known as the Concentration Camps of Amerikkka), to build a summer camp or recreation center for poor kids. But a lawyer who has struggled to represent immigrant families held in Artesia, New Mexico, and other locations spoke to the reality of the Dilley prison: “I’m at a loss for words to imagine what Dilley will look like with so many 6-year-olds detained behind razor wire.

The Trump/Sessions' No tolerance immigration policy sounds beyond heinous, doesn't it? But guess what? This article was written on December 22, 2014. This happened during Obama's presidency when he was deporting immigrants at a record pace. We had been told that he too would only focus on deporting immigrants who had criminal records, but 56% of those who were deported had no criminal records.

On December 14, Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security in the Obama administration, travelled to Dilley, Texas, to announce the opening of a new detention center for immigrants, primarily immigrant women and children. This new, privately run jail will immediately begin taking in prisoners and will reach its intended capacity of 2,400 prisoners by May 2015.

The new prison is opening shortly after a major change in immigration policy declared in an executive order by Obama last month. Obama’s order focused on the promise of temporary relief from deportation for some immigrants, and an escalation of harshly repressive measures along the border. (See “Obama’s Immigration Moves—and the Need for Increased Resistance” for a fuller analysis of Obama’s measures towards immigrants and the intense conflicts in the ruling class.)

The Dilley prison camp is a cornerstone of the Obama policy towards repressing immigrants and controlling the border with massive militarization. It will provide the means for expediting the deportation of captured immigrants—what one official cynically called “one-stop shopping.” Immigrant families will be caged, run through a cursory and sham legal proceeding, and deported from the same facility in a few weeks

One key aim of the aggressive moves on immigration Obama began last month has been to promote divisions among immigrants—by promising some temporary reprieve from deportation for those who qualify under government criteria to “come out of the shadows,” and even harsher repression and criminalization for those who don’t qualify. Those in the second category include people who have been in the U.S. for years and people still trying to enter el norte because of the devastation the U.S. has wreaked upon their homelands.

Obama’s Immigration Moves—and the Need for Increased Resistance

Over 10 million immigrants—people this system calls "illegal" because of where they were born—live every day of their lives with this: the awareness that their least little encounter with any authority could very quickly lead to disaster in their lives. A sword of arrest, deportation, and the threat of being torn apart from family and friends and the lives they had been struggling to make in this country hangs over the heads of immigrants constantly—this has been the reality of the lives of millions of people.
---
Other battles have erupted that both exposed and opposed the harsh, heartless treatment inflicted upon immigrants. Cruel, barren and remote detention centers for immigrant children and immigrant families have been the focus of repeated protests and lawsuits. This past summer, people in the U.S. and around the world were shocked at the overwhelming cruelty of the military, police and legal measures taken by the U.S. government to detain and prepare for likely deportation tens of thousands of impoverished, desperate children from Central America.
---
Other battles have erupted that both exposed and opposed the harsh, heartless treatment inflicted upon immigrants. Cruel, barren and remote detention centers for immigrant children and immigrant families have been the focus of repeated protests and lawsuits. This past summer, people in the U.S. and around the world were shocked at the overwhelming cruelty of the military, police and legal measures taken by the U.S. government to detain and prepare for likely deportation tens of thousands of impoverished, desperate children from Central America.
---
The hopes of many people rose during the early years of Obama's administration—hopes that the threat of deportation would end, that the basic humanity of immigrants would be recognized, that a path to some form of legal status would be opened up to people who had been in this country for years. When he was first elected president, Obama told an audience composed largely of immigrants, ""I marched with you in the streets of Chicago to meet our immigration challenge. I fought with you in the Senate for comprehensive immigration reform. And I will make it a top priority in my first year as President".

2014
IMG_2211_1.JPG

IMG_2282_0.JPG

History started for some when Trump became president after they spent 8 years ignoring the many heinous things that Obama did during his tenure. I call that Selective Amnesia!

up
32 users have voted.

Comments

Pricknick's picture

surprised?
We have concentration camps all over this country. Most go by the name of Prison. Or Boot Camp.
We already incarcerate the highest population in the world. A couple of million more will be just a blip on on the status of humanitarianism.
I say we let them all free all at once. Should be very entertaining with the shit that's coming anyways.
Thanks snoop.

up
18 users have voted.

Regardless of the path in life I chose, I realize it's always forward, never straight.

detroitmechworks's picture

would be that some fool decides to "Rescue" the children and attacks one of these places.

This is a Reichstag fire waiting to happen.

Yes, I'm getting paranoid, but I can see the wheels turning in some little evil shit's brain, and I know the plan has been proposed.

up
12 users have voted.

I do not pretend I know what I do not know.

snoopydawg's picture

@detroitmechworks

I've seen all kinds of suggestions on getting the kids out to blocking them from getting in to other actions that would just make things worse.

But I am getting a kick out of the anger that people are going through and I think it's just because Trump is the one doing it. This same thing happened during Bush's presidency, but it went away when Obama did the same things. I want so badly to say this on ToP in numerous diaries there, but I've seen others trying and they get shot down by the mob. It's so mind boggling how people can see what they want to see. I'm sure that I'm just as guilty of doing that, but at least I'm trying to see what the truth actually is. It's hard with so much propaganda being dumped on us.

up
18 users have voted.

The Democratic Party under Bill Clinton transformed itself into the traditional Republican Party, and the Republican Party moved, was pushed, so far to the right it became insane

Big Al's picture

@snoopydawg the separation policy. Didn't read it but doesn't surprise me. When Obama did it I'm sure republicans were against it, and on and on.
Just another example of, oh I'm so tired of saying that shit.

up
15 users have voted.
The Aspie Corner's picture

up
13 users have voted.
edg's picture

If those immigrants were on the border of Israel, they'd be faced with targeted assassinations and the equally execrable "shoot to wound", which sometimes results in amputation of the affected limb.

Americans often forget that we treat border trespassers with kid gloves compared to some of our good friends and allies.

up
14 users have voted.
snoopydawg's picture

@edg

I'm just calling out the hypocrisy of people being upset now that Trump is the one doing these things when they have forgotten that Obama did them too.

up
13 users have voted.

The Democratic Party under Bill Clinton transformed itself into the traditional Republican Party, and the Republican Party moved, was pushed, so far to the right it became insane

janis b's picture

@edg

Americans often forget that we treat border trespassers with kid gloves compared to some of our good friends and allies.

... when it seems it is relentlessly heading in a direction that is supported by a profitable prison system that keeps building new territory? Size and space is relevant, but equally an affliction in this case.

up
16 users have voted.

@edg Most of our ancestors crossed a border to get here.

up
11 users have voted.
Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal's picture

@randtntx Now, now. The "Indians" didn't have borders. No flag, no country, you don't get to have one. These are the rules that I just made up.

up
8 users have voted.

The part of John Edwards could easily be played by a burnt-out light bulb.
--strollingone

The issue is patriotism. You've got to get back to your planet and stop the Commies. All it takes is a few good men.
--Q

Morire de cara sol.
--Jose Marti

@Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal @Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal to BE the Official Rules. They are a secret though, don't tell anyone.
No flag, no country. Can't have too many people with flags.

up
4 users have voted.
snoopydawg's picture

I'm thinking that this was snark, but check out the responses to this tweet. Now I understand why people think history started when Trump became president.

IMG_2287.PNG

up
13 users have voted.

The Democratic Party under Bill Clinton transformed itself into the traditional Republican Party, and the Republican Party moved, was pushed, so far to the right it became insane

The Liberal Moonbat's picture

That looks like a goddamn dog kennel.

So much for condemning Trump voters on sight. Obviously, the neo-Nazi contingent is real (as evidenced by, if nothing else, the sudden hellish shift that occurred circa JAN 2017 in, of all things, the comments section of YouTube's leading rendition of Wagner's beatific "Tannhäuser Overture", though thank Odin it appears to have diluted since then), but some of them were voting for the "The Devil We Don't Know", which I've been saying for years is only the logical choice when that which you know is a devil. Yes, if you're offered a reroll on a 6-sided die you risk getting a '1', but if you've got a '2' as stands, you'd nearly always be stupid not to risk it.

up
9 users have voted.
Lookout's picture

is never wasted. I've been getting all kinds of money begging focused on ripping children from their parents...as though we have not done that for decades.

The sheeple are easily herded and distracted I'm afraid. Squirrel!

up
11 users have voted.

“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

gulfgal98's picture

how the "greatest nation" in the world can continue to treat human beings all over the world and at home so inhumanely.There is something wrong about our collective psyche that has us rationalizing removing children from their parents and then placing them in dog kennels.

up
14 users have voted.

"I don't want to run the empire, I want to bring it down!" ~Dr. Cornel West

"There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare." Sun Tzu

detroitmechworks's picture

@gulfgal98 as a country to simply stop committing an atrocity.

Don't want an atrocity... stop participating in it.
But across this country, it's NOT just the politicians that agree that this is fine. It's the pigs that happily rip kids from their parents. It's the Cookoo Corporate Cops who think that they can hide behind their organization and suddenly their sadism and cruelty is noble.

We have to remember, that people are PAID to do this. This is not the actions of a deranged mind. This is planned, there's a game plan, and there is a mission statement about these camps. People are still doing it, and are FINE with it because they cannot see any other way.

The Wheels must turn.

up
15 users have voted.

I do not pretend I know what I do not know.

Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal's picture

@detroitmechworks The people at the top are deranged. Those below are willing to do evil for a check.

up
5 users have voted.

The part of John Edwards could easily be played by a burnt-out light bulb.
--strollingone

The issue is patriotism. You've got to get back to your planet and stop the Commies. All it takes is a few good men.
--Q

Morire de cara sol.
--Jose Marti

@gulfgal98 There is something wrong, very wrong with an adult human separating a young child from its parents and then, not only putting them in a concentration camp, but putting them in concentration camps apart from each other. I think that requires a purely evil being.
Is this what we have become.....the Nazis but even worse? They at least had families together in the ghettoes ....at least in the beginning.

up
11 users have voted.

Yah, when people open the door and peek into the Obama administration, the door gets slammed shut. After Hillary won the nomination, she was re-invented as a progressive. Obama was invented as a "liberal" while he ran stuff. The standard response is "whataboutism". Which I define as "if you point your moral finger, you should have moral standing to do it." You don't get to cheat on your spouse, and then condemn other people for cheating.

Here is a good twitter response by Max Blumenthal.

https://twitter.com/MaxBlumenthal/status/1008586263694381061

Deportations spiked in the last 2 years of the administration of Laura Bush’s husband. They then rose to record levels under Holder’s direct watch. Fighting Trump should not require rehabilitating the reputations of the mass deporters that preceded him.

The point of remembering accurately is to not do it again. Don't let democrats do the same things when they take over. Or let it continue under gopers.

up
15 users have voted.

@MrWebster The point of remembering is not to allow the democrats to pretend they didn't do it as well. They want to claim moral superiority? Funny.

up
14 users have voted.

weekend with friends who insist it is "worse" under Trump and Republicans are scum. I know they hate it when I interject but I reminded them Obama was the deporter in chief but NO ONE protested en masse then. But the one about the baby being ripped from it's mother, well, they are just sure that Obama would not have done THAT. Yeah, sure, whatever.

Thanks snoop, I think I will send at least one of the linked articles to them, what the hell.

up
9 users have voted.

@lizzyh7 of the self-righteous dems who want to think they are the "good" guys. They keep pushing that lie over and over again.

up
9 users have voted.

@randtntx discussions with the people in my circle. I swear, they just don't want to see.

up
7 users have voted.

@randtntx and that's when I know I've hit a nerve. While there are some days I regret pissing them off, those days are getting fewer and farther between all the time. Both those two are almost fully converted to seeing reality but the old voices of division are very hard to kill off. While I hate Repugnants with a passion even I have had to admit it does NOTHING to blame only them. It isn't always easy for me there, but that too is getting easier and easier every day. And mostly I just laugh when they go silent on me, arrogant of me I know, but there it is.

up
8 users have voted.

detention centers ourselves based on the housing crisis and the treatment of the homeless.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/14/us/minimum-wage-2-bedroom-trnd/index.html

Not to worry the blue wave will save us! /snark

up
12 users have voted.

Peace out. Let's be radicals together on twitter. I'm at @Beddy63.

Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal's picture

A very important diary from tarheeldem on Daily Kos, which happily he crossposted at firedoglake/shadowproof, so I don't have to send y'all to Markos.

https://shadowproof.com/2012/06/07/report-from-chicago-spring-thank-you-...

This is one of those bits of citizen journalism that is really important.

For those who don't click through:

There are five things to notice in this. (1) I was held over 12 hours before the National Lawyers Guild could find me; essentially, I was in a black site. And it was another 18 hours before I was released. (2) The experience was structured to be punitive before any charges were made not to mention any due process. (3) The police violated my privacy at the hospital in order to emphasize how “dangerous” I was and to build up the idea of a general threat. (4) I never saw a warrant, even a “no-knock” warrant for the police break-in to the house. (5) There is property that the police have not returned to me; if it is “lost”, either the CPD is violating their own procedures or there are officers on the organized crime squad stealing items in raids.

This was in 2012, in America's third largest city, a "blue" city in a "blue" state.

This is what they do to people who were born here.
It's not surprising they put foreign children in cages.

up
14 users have voted.

The part of John Edwards could easily be played by a burnt-out light bulb.
--strollingone

The issue is patriotism. You've got to get back to your planet and stop the Commies. All it takes is a few good men.
--Q

Morire de cara sol.
--Jose Marti

snoopydawg's picture

@Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal

Thanks for bringing his post to this discussion because it bookends what Pricknick said above. This country has no morals when it comes to lecturing others elsewhere. Or for even those who are saying that what Trump is doing is not American values. Bullcrap it isn't! What that person went through was mild compared to what some of the black residents of Chicago have gone through for years.

Look what Arapio was able to get away with in Arizona when he put hundreds of men in his tent city camps. Where was the outrage over that? Or any other outrage over what people went through during Obama's tenure? Starting with OWS' brutality during the protests and the breakup to what was allowed to happen to peaceful protesters during DAPL. As Mr. Webster stated, anyone who wanted to look at what happened during Obama's tenure gets the door shut in their face. And as WIProgressive stated, it's possibly not going to be long until more Americans are in detention centers themselves. This is a very real possibility because of the NDAA that Obama signed in 2012. Any one of us can be arrested, denied access to a lawyer and held indefinitely without charges or a trial. Obama's presidency was full of scandals, but people ignored them because of how he projected himself.

This never got as much attention as was warranted. Ray McGovern did try to sue the Obama administration after he signed it, but unfortunately I don't remember what the details were. Thanks again for posting this. I'm hoping that people get to read it. Thanks again ...

Then there's this little executive order he signed that also didn't get any attention.

IMG_2251_0.JPG

Amen Sarah!

IMG_2290.JPG

up
10 users have voted.

The Democratic Party under Bill Clinton transformed itself into the traditional Republican Party, and the Republican Party moved, was pushed, so far to the right it became insane

Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal's picture

@snoopydawg That executive order is horrific. Don't know how that one got by me. It's such a buffet of loathsomeness.

up
5 users have voted.

The part of John Edwards could easily be played by a burnt-out light bulb.
--strollingone

The issue is patriotism. You've got to get back to your planet and stop the Commies. All it takes is a few good men.
--Q

Morire de cara sol.
--Jose Marti

CS in AZ's picture

@Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal

I’d never heard of this either. I felt compelled to check it out, at least briefly.

We didn’t hear about it, probably, because per Wikipedia:

Executive Order 13603

the National Defense Resources Preparedness EO issued by President Obama was simply a minor updating of a similar order issued by President Bill Clinton in 1994 (which itself had decades-old predecessors) and amended several times since."[5] In particular, this executive order removes the name of the Federal Emergency Management Agency from previous orders, and replaces it with references to branches of the Department of Homeland Security, in order to bring the previous orders up to date with changes in the structure of the Federal Government.[5]

The entry says this EO has been around in some form since the 1950s.

order updated long-existing directives that have been issued ever since the Truman administration. Such presidential directives update the resources covered under the Defense Production Act, which was enacted in the 1950s and is reauthorized by Congress every few years.[4] The act "allows presidents to delegate authority to various federal departments and agencies.”

I know nothing about the real implications of this, it may be far worse than Wikipedia lets on. But it wasn’t something new that obama came up with.

The whole concept of executive orders is something that needs more scrutiny. But I’m not an expert in federal government bureaucracies. And I don’t want to be...

up
5 users have voted.
snoopydawg's picture

HILLARY LECTURES TRUMP ON IMMIGRATION BECAUSE SHE ‘STUDIED THE BIBLE,’ WENT TO ‘SUNDAY SCHOOL’

Hillary Clinton harshly decried the policy of separating illegal immigrant families in a speech delivered in New York Monday.

Clinton said President Trump was attempting to “stoke fear of immigrants” in his arguments for keeping the policies in place. Clinton then went on a rampage against the religious arguments for the policies, noting that she had “studied” the Bible and attended “Sunday School.”

“Nor are these policies rooted in religion,”she said, “In fact, those who selectively use the Bible to justify this cruelty are ignoring a central tenet of Christianity.”

Clinton then began rattling off her credentials as a Christian saying, “I went to a lot of years of Sunday school. I even taught it from time to time. I’ve studied the Bible, both the Old and the New testament,” Clinton said. “What is being done using the name of religion is contrary to everything I was ever taught. Jesus said, ‘Suffer the little children unto me.’ He did not say, ‘Let the children suffer.”

Hmm. Didn't she say that "We need to send the children back so that their parents get the message not to send their children here"?

up
7 users have voted.

The Democratic Party under Bill Clinton transformed itself into the traditional Republican Party, and the Republican Party moved, was pushed, so far to the right it became insane

@snoopydawg @snoopydawg http://www.newsweek.com/hillary-clinton-immigration-children-daca-661952

Do her handlers tell her "don't worry no one will remember that, or don't worry it's been scrubbed off the internet"?!

punctuation edit

up
5 users have voted.

Peace out. Let's be radicals together on twitter. I'm at @Beddy63.