Detention Centers Aren’t Concentration Camps

The Quote Below: More Misinformation from the Media

The debate over whether ‘concentration camp’ is the right term for migrant detention centers on the southern border has drawn long-overdue attention to the American government’s dehumanizing treatment of defenseless children. . . . as appears to be the case these harsh conditions have been inflicted by on children as part of a broader plan to deter others from migrating. . . .

Those of us who want to stop what’s happening need to think about all the different individuals playing a role in the systematic mistreatment of migrant children and how we can get them to stop participating. . . . The identities of the individual Customs and Border Protection agents who are physically separating children from their families and staffing the detention centers are not undiscoverable. Immigration lawyers have agent names; journalists reporting at the border have names, photos and even videos. These agents’ actions should be publicized, particularly in their home communities. . . . This is not an argument for doxing. . . . – The Treatment of Migrants Likely ‘Meets the Definition of a Mass Atrocity’, Kate Cronin-Furman, The New York Times, 6/29/19 [Link]

Fact Check of Quote: It may be, in some instances, that the treatment of migrant children in detention is  not what it should be. But it is quite another to charge that this treatment stems from deliberate cruelty designed as a policy to discourage migration. The fact of the matter is that the detention centers are overwhelmed by the recent mass influx of migrant adults and children. Under these circumstances, it is impossible for hard-pressed authorities to provide the optimum attention and care.

Interestingly, those so indignant about the problems of the migrant children seem totally indifferent to the fundamental cause of this situation. Thanks to loopholes in U.S. law, illegal aliens know they have a good chance of entering and staying in the U.S. if they make bogus claims for asylum and have children with them. These critics won’t protest those loopholes, and neither will they direct their abundant outrage toward the irresponsible parents and other adults who endanger the children by dragging them across the border and using them as pawns to game our system.

Despite the challenges they face, our authorities on the border are doing a reasonably decent job of handling the migration crisis. Nevertheless, the corporate media are putting out a very different story, one similar in message to the quote above. The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez said he was “full of indignation” when he heard them.

Rodriguez, who heads the Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, went with a group of other pastors to investigate a migrant detention center in Texas where bad conditions were reported. “To my surprise,” he stated, “I saw something drastically different from the stories I’ve been hearing in our national discourse. . . . I was shocked at the misinformation of the crisis at the border. We found no soiled diapers, no deplorable conditions and no lack of basic necessities.” Rodriguez, by the way, is no hardliner on illegal immigration. In the past, he has advocated legal status for illegal aliens and a pathway for them to become citizens.

Describing the detention centers as “concentration camps” and sites of “mass atrocities” is vicious and dishonest rhetoric. The author claims she is not for “doxing,” but that’s exactly what she’s advocating. Doxing is a tactic commonly used by the radical left in this country by employing social media and other means to spread defamation and slander against its targets. The goal is to humiliate those targets, threaten their employment, and possibly set them up for physical assault.

It is clear that many in the media do not have honorable intentions. If they truly cared about child trafficking, they would denounce the incentives that encourage it. Seldom if ever do they display outrage against a border out of control, and the danger that poses to our national sovereignty and rule of law.


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