Monday, May 07, 2007


David Neiwert reports on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials denying U.N. Human Rights Council representative Jorge Bustamante a permit to visit a concentration camp the government has set up for caught migrant aliens. Neiwert uses the term "concentration camps" as well. He is right to use that term, for that's exactly what this detainee center is. The Right has been quite enamored of concentration camps in recent years, as continued apologists for the Japanese concentration camps during World War II attests to. It is also disgusting that there has been almost no publicity of this camp, or so much about the nation's treatment of immigrants generally.

I am so infuriated by the sheer existence of this place that I almost forgot to mention the outrage of refusing to let UN representatives visit it. Has the United States become the Sudan? Serbia? Burma? Can we honestly say anymore that we have significantly better human rights policies for "undesirable peoples" than these places?