Selena Gomez: migrant camps are inhumane

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Selena Gomez, migrant camps are inhumane. American actress and singer Selena Gomez used her social networks to attack the immigration policies of President Donald Trump. Through her Instagram account, the former Disney star shared a powerful message, where she denounces the inhuman conditions in which migrants, mainly children, are being kept.

“Kids in cages! Sleeping on concrete floors with aluminum blankets! No access to simple dignities! How is this still happening??? It’s absolutely inhumane to treat anyone like this let alone children. I can’t even imagine what they are going through,” she posted on Instagram.

As if that were not enough, Selena Gomez exhorted people not to keep silent about these human rights violations, and called for an end to the separation of families.

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“We need to get this to finally stop! Don’t stay silent on this human rights issue- please call your reps 202.224.3121,” she added.

The detention centers on the border with Mexico have been the subjects of controversy in recent months. Selena was most likely echoing a report by Human Rights Watch which revealed the atrocious conditions in which the migrants are being held. Children crammed into temporary cells, who sometimes sleep on the floor, without taking a shower for two weeks. These are the “horrifying” conditions of detention of hundreds of migrant children described last week by Human Rights Watch, which visited the center of Clint, El Paso, Texas, near the border with Mexico.

According to HRW’s story, children detained in Clint “do not have regular access to showers or clean clothes”, some have not washed “for weeks”, do not have soap and sometimes have lice. Fifteen miners got the flu and ten had to be quarantined because of their health condition.

At a hearing on 18 June in San Francisco, a U.S. Department of Justice lawyer had justified the absence of soap and toothbrush, saying they were not part of the “safe and healthy” detention conditions provided for in the law for unaccompanied minors.

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These explanations provoked an uproar. Former US hostages of Somali pirates or the Afghan Taliban have assured on Twitter that even their jailers have provided them with something to wash. Young Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez compared these detention centers last week to “concentration camps” run by a “fascist” administration.

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Emy Torres

Emy holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan and currently freelances part-time for The Talking Democrat.