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Concentration camps in America? Yes

U.S. Border Patrol agents take Central American asylum seekers into custody on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas. The immigrant families were then sent to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) processing center for possible separation. (Getty/John Moore)

  • Concentration camps have a long history in America … and Donald Trump is testing them out right now.
  • Related: Trump’s border cruelty is a test of our national character.

Chauncey DeVega, Salon Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter.


/ August 27,2018 | Donald Trump's administration enacted an intentionally cruel policy of stealing children from the families of refugees, migrants and immigrants. While that policy has officially ended, the news media has moved on to other stories and the American public en masse is distracted and overwhelmed by the Trump regime's strategy of chaos, hundreds of children may never be returned to their families. In total, the Trump administration has likely violated human rights and international law while again denying the courts and standing against public opinion in the worst ways. This is one more step in the Trumpian campaign against American democracy.

The practical machinery of this administration's war on immigrants, migrants and refugees is a network of concentration camps. That term may sound shocking, but it shouldn't. While "concentration camps" evokes images of the Nazi Holocaust and death factories such as Auschwitz, concentration camps also have a long history in the United States and around the world.

Chauncey DeVega is a politics staff writer for Salon. His essays can also be found at He also hosts a weekly podcast, The Chauncey DeVega Show.

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Trump’s border cruelty is a test of our national character. Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdow

  • is not just a matter of Trump’s character, but also of ours. Our government’s immigration policies raise a fundamental question about our people’s moral fortitude: Will we as a society stand up to our own xenophobic, demagogic government pressing us to abandon–no, to betray–America’s historic democratic values?
  • Related: Trump is lying about immigrant crime – and the research proves it.

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