From Gitmo to the Border, America’s ‘Concentration Camps’ Will Be Hard to Dismantle

A portion of a report from government auditors reveals images of people penned into overcrowded Border Patrol facilities, photographed July 2, 2019, in Washington (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).
A portion of a report from government auditors reveals images of people penned into overcrowded Border Patrol facilities, photographed July 2, 2019, in Washington (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).
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Reports of overcrowded and inhumane conditions in detention centers that the Trump administration is using to house migrants and asylum-seekers, mostly from Central America, have given rise to a fierce debate in the United States. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has repeatedly referred to the camps as “concentration camps,” which critics say is inappropriate given that term’s association with the Holocaust. Yet while the uniqueness of the Nazi extermination camp system must be recognized, concentration camps are not out of the ordinary. They can be found all over the world at various times in history, as the journalist Andrea […]

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