Media reports over the past week show young children and teenagers in make-shift detention facilities are being subjected to horrific conditions including lack of showers for days or even weeks, denial of adequate food, water or clothing, rampant illness and overcrowding, intentional denial of basic amenities such as soap and toothpaste, temperatures that are freezing cold or extremely hot, sleeping on hard concrete with bright lights.
This is an urgent situation. The trauma we are inflicting upon these children and their families could impact the rest of their lives, and some have already died in detention.
Our nation has long held two opposing strands of cultural thought on newcomers. Those who support segregation, mass incarceration, immigrant detention, and internment seed fear and hatred in their hearts and in their communities. But Americans who look to create a diverse nation of greater freedoms for all — and social, political, and economic inclusion — continue to seed a spirit of welcoming newcomers, and nurturing an America where people from all backgrounds can belong and dream.
Accountability is necessary. Accountability for those committing these inhumane acts, and for the media, which plays a critical role in defining America as a nation where all who yearn for freedom are welcomed, and not a nation that cages children.
Join the movement and we will send you tools to ensure the media continues critical and hard-hitting coverage of this issue and re-writes the hate-filled narrative that allowed kids to be placed into detention in the first place.
In our nation’s treatment of children and families seeking asylum, we are making critical choices about who we are as a nation.