Close the Camps
Human rights activists have made the conditions at one border camp facility near El Paso public and it's beyond heartbreaking. Children are being held in shockingly unsanitary conditions with limited access to bathing, clean clothes or health care. Many of the youngest detainees sleep on concrete floors with foil blankets and lights that never go out.
The New York Times reported:
Children as young as 7 and 8, many of them wearing clothes caked with snot and tears, are caring for infants they’ve just met, the lawyers said. Toddlers without diapers are relieving themselves in their pants. Teenage mothers are wearing clothes stained with breast milk. Most of the young detainees have not been able to shower or wash their clothes since they arrived at the facility, those who visited said. They have no access to toothbrushes, toothpaste or soap.
President Trump stepped back from an attack on Iran as tensions continue to build in the Middle East. Trump claimed a military strike is still on the table, but later tweeted; "We are putting major additional Sanctions on Iran on Monday," ahead of military intervention.
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President Trump stated that family separation policy was actually started by the previous administration. During an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," Trump told host, Chuck Todd, that he "inherited separation from President Obama" and that "I was the one that ended it." Fact checkers were quick to question the veracity of that statement looking at the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy which went into effect in April 2018, in which everyone who illegally entered the U.S. was referred for criminal prosecution, that thousands of migrant children were separated from their parents.
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