Thousands of Kids Secretly Moved to Tent Prison "Concentration Camps" - Twitter Explodes with Fury

Thousands of Kids Secretly Moved to Tent Prison “Concentration Camps” – Twitter Explodes with Fury

Prominent Trump backer Joe Arpaio first rose to national infamy when he erected tent prisons in the sweltering heat of desert Arizona, announcing with clear vitriol to any TV camera that would point at him that he was getting tough on crime. The one-time self-styled “toughest Sheriff in America” is now a felon, a convicted criminal himself. He was accused, tried, and convicted of a pattern of abusing the Constitutional rights of people who fell prey to the department of rogue cops under his control (especially people of color, particularly Latinos). In fact, Arpaio would be in prison himself right now, likely for the rest of his life, if not for a political payback pardon from President Trump.

And now it seems that the Trump administration has taken one of the most cruel tactics from Arpaio’s playbook, a tent prison in the desert, and is using it against Latino… children.

Related: The 11 Most Despicable Low-Lights of Joe Arpaio’s Reign of Terror

In a stunning report from the New York Times, journalist Caitlyn Decker revealed that the Trump administration has been secretly moving thousands of immigrant and refugee children, held without their parents, to a tent prison complex in the desert of West Texas, in the dead of night. The children are brought in from the detention centers and homes where they’ve been housed, strewn about the country. They’re reportedly awakened and moved with little warning, to keep them from running away.

Before they were moved to the sand colored tents outside Tornillo Texas, where desert temperatures range from extremely high to extremely low, these children were placed in private foster homes, or facilities where they would share a room with one or two other kids. In Trump’s Arpaio style tent prisons, children sleep in dormitories in rows of bunks, in groups of twenty. And unlike their previous housing, these children have no school (instead they’re given a workbook, which they do not have to complete) and very limited access to legal services.

Major differences between Trump’s tent prisons and Arpaio’s? In Arpaio’s tent prisons males were made to wear pink underwear to embarrass them. There’s no word of that kind of foolishness, here. In Arpaio’s tent prisons the prisoners were mostly adults. And in Arpaio’s tent prisons, air conditioning wasn’t always provided. That’s about where the differences end.

In Trump’s tent prisons, like in Arpaio’s, those held captive against their will are primarily Latino, and targeted in a clearly race based policy. A policy which, in Apaio’s case, led to a conviction for violating the Constitutional rights of citizens. In Trump’s tent prisons, at least, there is air conditioning. But then again, the prisoners are all children, separated from their families, and held without their parents. And both the Trump and Arpaio prisons were erected in a desert location.

When workers at facilities formerly housing some of these children learned of the impending moves, the Times report says, many were deeply concerned, and moved to tears. But the outrage has not ended there, as President Trump’s favorite social network, Twitter, exploded with outrage at the news. And so did the grounds of the Tornillo, Texas facility, which saw crowds of protesters.

Related: ‘They Could Hear their Children Screaming’ – Dark Stories from Trump’s Gulags Revealed

Concentration Camps?

And Twitter made one observation rather pointedly. A similar observation to one that Reverb Press made not long ago, to the chagrin of Politifact, which half disagreed. And that is, this looks a lot like “concentration camps”.

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