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Americans are Complicit in Border Camp Abuses

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Read more by Tova Walsh and Michael J. Mackenzie, "Americans are Complicit in Border Camp Abuses," American Prospect, July 16, 2019.

Last week, the House Oversight and Reform Committee held the first of two hearings on the Trump administration’s treatment of migrant minors. Members of Congress who recently visited immigration detention facilities at the border and the Department of Homeland Security’s acting inspector general provided testimony that confirmed recent accounts of children being held in appalling conditions.These conditions initially came to light after attorneys visited the border patrol stations in Clint and McAllen, Texas, in mid-June and revealed that the health, safety, and well-being of children were threatened by the abysmal conditions there.