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Immigrant detention centers Immigrant detention centers
by Joseph Gatt
2019-07-06 08:01:32
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N is a village in Mexico. Pretty much all the boys and girls between ages 13 and 37 at N are either drug addicts or drug dealers. The drug addicts kill their parents for money, try to rob the village bank for money, try to rob all the stores for money. The village stores, bank and post office close down. There is no more village hospital. Now drug addicts are shooting at random people for money, and the drug dealers are the targets of shootings from drug addicts. Drug addicts start dealing drugs to make money, and kill each other when competing.

M is a village in Nicaragua. Same story.
O is a village in Honduras. Same story.
P is a village in El Salvador. Same story.

They have people trying to move to the US. Some of them are the rare people in N, M, O and P who don't do drugs, but who are starving because there are no village stores, there is no village bank, and the village post office shut down.

imm001_400_01Inside the mix, you have drug addicts and drug dealers who are also trying to make it to the US. You can't survive on heroin alone, and heroin gives you the munchies, and it does not help when the village stores are closed.

Inside the mix you also have human traffickers, who promise girls (and boys) from villages N, M, O, P decent jobs in the US, and have discussed deals where they will sell the girls with “big tits” into prostitution, the “ugly ones” into forced domestic labor, and the guys into doing slave work at construction sites or farms, or working in the drug industry.

So this crowd ends up in detention centers. I feel bad for this crowd, but I also feel bad for detention center administrators. Detention center administrators have to deal with hundreds of thousands of people whose village has no food, and with people who are sometimes drug addicts, drug dealers or pimps. It's tough to deal with a crowd like that.

The asylum procedure is slow, and if you release the detainees, here's what they are going to do: they are going to move to sanctuary cities, try to find work on construction sites or as gardeners or as housekeepers, or as factory workers, and some of them are going to deal drugs, be in the prostitution business or traffic people into working as slaves on farms and ranches, or engage in organized crime.

If you release them, that's also an incentive for people in village Q, R, S, T, U, V to come to the US and try their luck. Then it's going to be an incentive for drug dealers in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador to do the same damage. Then it's going to be Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, and the entire Western hemisphere.

The procedure is that if you're in the US illegally, you identify your country and get sent back to your country. You can then move to San Salvador, Managua or Mexico DF and try to survive there.

In sum, detention centers need more funds, need to hire more people, and the people who get hired will need to work 16 hour shifts feeding detainees, entertaining detainees, and taking care of detainee paperwork. Detention center administration is rough work. You have to take every detainees picture, get their names, make sure they're healthy and give them health checks, settle disputes among detainees, some detainees are going to get assaulted or raped or receive death threats, and contact their embassies and consulates for identification. All that while feeding them three times a day and making sure they have some form of entertainment. And the guys who work there won't be getting much sleep, because there will be stories of heart attacks and stabbings almost daily.

If there's a wall, that's a good start. But then detainees are going to be coming by boat, so the problem won't be completely taken care of. So immigration detention facilities will need more funds.

As for calling detention centers “concentration camps” that's a bit far-fetched for my money. Are army barracks concentration camps? Because rough stuff happens in army barracks as well. Are boarding schools concentration camps? In some of them life is rough. Are police academies concentration camps? And, are prisons concentration camps? You commit a crime, you're sent to prison. You enter the US illegally, you get sent to a detention center. I don't see officers forcing labor, raping, torturing or executing and gassing detainees.

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