Outrage is continuing to grow across the United States over the Trump administration’s outlandish treatment of detained asylum seekers, who have been left cramped in dangerous conditions in southern border detention facilities. As this week drew to a close, hundreds of demonstrators assembled at the San Francisco office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), demanding that she work to reduce the severity of the situation. Numerous progressive interests have been enraged by Democrats agreeing recently to pour several billion more dollars in funding into border patrol, even as the epidemic of their inhumane behavior continues to both spread and make itself known.
One of the protesters at Pelosi’s office shared in a video distributed by Never Again Action, which helped organize the demonstration:
‘Nancy Pelosi gave them $4.6 billion more dollars to continue that outrageous behavior. Nancy Pelosi, we will not tolerate this anymore.’
In the video in which those comments can be heard, other protesters can be seen with signs sporting messages like “Nancy, close the camps” and “Never again is now.”
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BREAKING: 500+ #JewsAgainstICE and allies just shut down Speaker Pelosi's office in SF, calling on her and the Democratic establishment to stop funding ICE's campaign of terror. Not another dollar for concentration camps, no more money for family separation and deportation.Sign our #NeverAgainIsNow petition to Speaker Pelosi → neveragainaction.com/shut-down-iceWe know from our history what happens when a government targets, dehumanizes and strips an entire group of people of all their civil and human rights. We know what happens when politicians appease those who build concentration camps, instead of fighting to shut down them down. We were taught to never let anything like the Holocaust happen again. Today, #NeverAgainMeans we have to #CloseTheCamps, #AbolishICE, and get permanent protection for all 11 million of our undocumented neighbors. #NeverAgainMeans we will not be satisfied with vague promises; we need bold immediate action to stop Trump, shut down ICE, and fundamentally change this violent, dehumanizing immigration system that Republicans and Democrats have been building together for nearly 40 years.#NeverAgain #NeverAgainParaNadie
Posted by Never Again Action on Friday, July 5, 2019
Never Again Action — which is a Jewish advocacy group — has gotten similar protests rolling across the United States this week, and in this case, they share that more than 500 people showed up. Pelosi’s office responded by asserting that House Democrats “will continue to confront the President over the harmful policies that manufactured this crisis and endanger children and families in the Administration’s custody” — beating around the bush of the criticism over their recent approval of an influx of funding without fixing underlying problems.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) attracted wide scrutiny when she referred to the dangerous detention centers that border patrol maintains as “concentration camps,” hearkening back most obviously to the legacy of Nazi Germany, although the U.S. itself has had definite concentration camps before too in situations like the mass detention of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Although Republicans like leading House member Rep. Liz Cheney (Wy.) have made a big fuss over Ocasio-Cortez’s comments, numerous scholars with credentials in the field have come out in support. Among other relevant rebuttals, they and the Congresswoman herself have pointed out there doesn’t need to be mass murder for something to warrant the level of concern inherent in the term “concentration camp.”
There have been a continued stream of stories of the horrors that have been perpetrated at the Trump administration’s detention facilities. Just recently, Ocasio-Cortez visited some of them with fellow Congressional Democrats and shared afterwards that detained women had been told to drink out of toilets if they needed water.
On other occasions, there have been situations like lawyers having to pressure authorities to hospitalize not just one but four ill toddlers, at least one of whom was unresponsive at the time. These situations have unfolded in the midst of dangerous overcrowding including thousands of people who aren’t even supposed to still be in there according to already in place federal guidelines — and in all of this, somehow the right still finds it in themselves to blame Democrats for the decaying situation because they haven’t “done enough.”
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