Take Our Survey: Are Detention Centers Concentration Camps?

There’s been much public debate about whether or not the facilities CBP and ICE use to hold single adults, families, and children who migrated to our country should be called “concentration camps.”

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a concentration camp is defined as “a place where large numbers of people, especially political prisoners or members of persecuted minorities, are deliberately imprisoned in a relatively small area with inadequate facilities.”

However, the term “concentration camp” is also strongly associated with the Holocaust in World War II that resulted in the death of 6 million Jews and millions of other people, including Soviets, Romani, Basque, Serb civilians, gay men, and Germans with disabilities.

Recent investigations and news stories have shown how both ICE and CBP detain people in overcrowded facilities and in hazardous conditions without adequate medical care, where children aren’t even getting soap to clean up and are forced to sleep on the floor, and that six children have died in U.S. custody. The government also recently opened Fort Sill to hold migrant children_which is the same place U.S. citizens of Japanese descent were held in World War II.

The Southern Border Communities Coalition wants to hear from YOU.

Do you think “concentration camp” is an apt description for these facilities?


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