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Tribune Editorial: Yes, we have concentration camps



Yes, we have concentration camps.

They are not labor camps. They are not a death camp. At least not on purpose. Our government does not build massive gas chambers and industrial crematoria. There are no sick medical experiments performed on members of an unfavorable class.

However, that does not mean that the places where we keep tens of thousands of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers are not labeled as concentration camps. Because that's what they are.

When some in the public dare to speak the truth, as media-frightened MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said, the makers of the government's cruel policies are disgusting. They say that the use of correct terms such as "concentration camp" ̵

1; or, worse, the term "never again" – what is going on now on our southern border, wrongly with the "final solution" of the Nazis – the deliberate murder to millions – equals to humans.

It is true that we do not do that. We do that. The two are not morally equivalent. And we probably have no reason to fear that this will necessarily happen.

Because that's how it starts: Some of the students and some of the survivors or Holocaust survivors point out that the crime against humanity did not happen overnight.

It has proven itself from nasty political speeches (checks) to politicians who promise to protect the purity of the nation from foreign invasions (check) and to deny people of an unfavorable class basic human rights and decency (check), strive for power and gain power.

same warning has been raised by former residents of the internment camps – concentration camps – where we imprisoned Americans of Japanese descent or descent in the dark days of World War II.

The places where these thunderstruck people are being held are intentionally unpleasant, and mostly from the point of view of the public, the press, members of Congress, and even the courts. The point is to keep them out of the reach of the rights and protection granted to all people, not just the citizens, according to our constitution and international treaties.

The people being held there are cold, hungry, dirty and often ill. Children are separated from the parents. Children take care of children. Medical care can not be found. A few – not millions, but a few – have died.

The government recently told the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that it was not obliged to provide soap, toothbrushes, or anything other than cold cement to sleeping children's soils in overcrowded cages. They have already stopped funding education, advice and recreation.

The argument that the failure of our government is irrelevant because the migrants violated the law is legally and morally bankrupt.

People have the moral right to seek a better life and a legal right of asylum. If our border and immigration system is not up to the task, it's not our fault, it's ours.

Federal officials from the White House work for us, spend our money, act on our behalf. We hold them accountable, not the crowded masses. To complain that we do not have to deal with this crisis is as if forests were not being burned and rivers were not springing up.

And what are the elected officials from Utah – home to a global church, the inviting Utah Compact? and a generally decent population when it comes to refugees?

Well, Sen. Mitt Romney has a bill to promote the use of the E-Verify system, which should tell employers if applicants are allowed to legally work the US. Probably not a bad idea, but a bit like bringing a roll of paper towels to a hurricane.

Good, caring, moral Utahns and their elected representatives should call for human rights because of this widespread and deliberate abuse of bloody murder. Unless otherwise, our division of powers expert, Sen. Mike Lee, should require Congressional oversight and approval of what happens and what does not.

Our nation operates concentration camps for refugee children. We must stop denying that and decide if we agree with that fact. And how we will explain it to our children.


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