Immigration – Call Them What They Are – The Trump Concentration Camps Of 2018

Children wrap themselves up with Mylar blankets to 'symbolically represent the thousands of children separated from families on the border, sleeping on floors and held in cages', during a protest at the rotunda of Russell Senate Office Building June 21, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Activists staged a demonstration to protest the Trump Administration's policy to separate migrant families at the southern border. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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By Felicia J. Persaud

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. June 22, 2018: Welcome to Nazi Germany in the USA and the Trump Concentration Camps of 2018.

There is no other way to describe the camps being set up all around the country under the new draconian Stephen Miller inspired Donald Trump immigration policy, of dragging children away from the arms of their parents at the border and mentally and emotionally torturing them in.

The definition of a concentration camp is clear – a place where large numbers of people, especially members of persecuted minorities, are deliberately imprisoned in a relatively small area with inadequate facilities, sometimes to provide forced labor.”

The term of course is most strongly associated with the several hundred camps established by the Nazis in Germany and occupied Europe in 1933– 45.

But the US’ own history is also dotted with previous instances of internment. Japanese Americans in the United States were ordered interned by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942 shortly after Imperial Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II. Between 110,000 and 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, most of whom lived on the Pacific coast, were forced to relocate and live in camps in the western interior of the US.

And who can forget President Andrew Jackson, the US’ own racist, slave master Potus, who ordered the Cherokee Nation off its Georgia homelands and marched them along the Trail Of Tears to military forts that were transformed into prison, concentration, and death camps in the 1800s.

Now decades later, in 2018, we are back to a new Trail of Tears that runs all the way from the US’ southern border all the way to the new detention centers in even an old Walmart, turned into the Trump Concentration Camp of 2018.

Like Native Americans and Japanese Americans imprisoned because of their race in US history, these new “concentration camps” are being used to imprison innocent brown and black immigrant children, snatched away heartlessly from their parents at the US border while their parents are detained in jail like conditions at private ICE detention centers; shackled and made to work as forced labor in instances, cleaning bathrooms and facilities.


Regardless of Trump’s sudden new executive policy stopping the practice, there is still no solution to the nightmare of those children already separated.

This is racism and bigotry at its worst and a violation of every human right and civil right – displayed for all the world to see, by people who like the Nazis before, use Christianity to actually endorse and promote their sick xenophobic agendas.

Consider Adolph Hitler’s own writings ‘Mein Kampf,’ a 1925 autobiographical book he wrote in which he posited: “Today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.”

And now consider Trump’s AG, Jeff Sessions comment from Thursday, June 14, 2018: “Persons who violate the law of our nation are subject to prosecution. I would cite to you the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order. Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves and protect the weak and lawful.”

See any similarities?

Of course, the Apostle Paul’s writings has nothing to do with how it was used here as many Christian scholars, including Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan, has stated. But that did not stop Sessions from just throwing in the old Biblical quote to justify the Trump Concentration Camp policies against brown and black immigrants.

Regardless of your politics – left or right, red or blue – there is no justification for the attack on immigrants. This is callous, cold-blooded, harsh and atrocious and would never have been put in place if the immigrants coming in seeking asylum were White.

Republicans who embolden the racists must pay a huge political price for this come November. It is the only way to ensure racists emboldened by camp Trump, including the son of Jewish immigrants who has forgotten his family’s own horrific battle against the racist anti-immigrant pograms of Russia, are checked and America can return to the humane immigration policies of history.


The writer is CMO at Hard Beat Communications, Inc. which owns the brands: NewsAmericasNow, CaribPRWire and InvestCaribbeanNow. USA, LLC USA, LLC