Dear MoveOn member,
Today, tens of thousands of MoveOn members and our allies are taking to the streets to demand that Donald Trump's child concentration camps—where imprisoned immigrants are held at the border—be closed immediately.
This inhumane treatment of asylum seekers is an atrocity, and we must ensure that every American knows about the brutality being perpetrated by our government in our name. That's why MoveOn has just printed a big batch of "Close the Camps" stickers designed by artist Pablo Stanley and is giving them away for free, while supplies last.
Last week, we learned that the Trump administration is refusing to provide soap or toothpaste to the migrant children in these camps, that the children are not allowed to take showers or change their clothes, that babies held there are denied diapers, and that the lights are being left on 24 hours a day to deny those who are detained there the right to sleep.1
And yesterday, journalists revealed the existence of a secret Facebook group with nearly 10,000 Border Patrol agents—about half of the total number of agents in the country—making cruel jokes about the children who have died in their care, using racist epithets, and posting disgusting, threatening memes of members of Congress who oppose the camps.2
And when those same members of Congress visited the camps later that day, they were told by an imprisoned woman that when she asked if she could have some water, a Border Patrol agent told her to drink out of the toilet.3
It is clear that it is not just "a few bad apples" at the border committing these heinous acts. It is clear that it is not just one rogue camp not following the rules. This is the byproduct of an intentional strategy by the Trump administration to terrorize immigrant communities and criminalize immigration.
That is why we must demand that all members of Congress use every power they have to end these inhumane conditions and close the camps right now, defund these out-of-control agencies, and hold Trump and his administration accountable.
Thanks for all you do.
–Emma, Iram, Schuyler, Reggie, and the rest of the team
1. "The horrifying conditions facing kids in border detention, explained," Vox, June 25, 2019
2. "Inside the Secret Border Patrol Facebook Group Where Agents Joke About Migrant Deaths and Post Sexist Memes," ProPublica, July 1, 2019
3. "Ocasio-Cortez: Detained migrants being told to 'drink out of toilets,'" NBC News, July 1, 2019
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