LatinaLista — It is called Tent City and it is the largest immigrant detention facility in the United States.
Found in Raymondville, Texas, the detention camp houses mostly undocumented immigrants from El Salvador, and according to peace activist Elizabeth Garcia, the people are not being treated humanely.
On the outside, the tents look like a model city of the future, but when you think about 200 unrelated people living in each shelter - well, thoughts are as scary as it was for the people from New Orleans who tried to call the Superdome home.
These modern concentration camps, whether in Raymondville or Hutto or other points around the country, are an inhumane way to treat people whose only crime was such desperation for a better life that they pushed their way to the front of the line so they could work for substandard pay â€” but it was more money than they could have made back home.
Yet, to appease all these voices who claim to be compassionate conservatives, Homeland Security has been working overtime to round up the undocumented and dump them in these places if they are not Mexican citizens.
Story after story of the families torn apart - mothers separated from fathers, children from their parents, young siblings from their older brothers and sisters - the sexual abuse that has occurred, the intimidation by jail guards to make young children stop crying for their parents, the substandard food and medical care received, etc. â€” all of these documented situations should signal that such facilities should be shut down or the policy be completely revamped so that families are safe and together and no one is being traumatized.
If it weren't for the lawyers or some of the families that have been released from these detention facilites, none of us would know the extent of the horrors Homeland Security is allowing to be inflicted upon these people in the name of keeping America safe.
But Elizabeth Garcia, is going to make sure that everyone knows about Tent City and what is happening.
Though Elizabeth doesn't condone illegal immigration, she doesn't believe in locking people up en masse.
So, Elizabeth has started a blog called Tent City.
(Source: Rio Grande Guardian)
At this blog, she vows to be the voice for these people whose voices are going unheard simply because it's easier to ignore them and justify it with the fact that they're not supposed to be here.
But they're not going anywhere, and Elizabeth wants everyone to know that neither is she.