According to a shocking report, confirmed by the Department of Homeland Security, about 2,000 children have been separated from their families over the past six weeks. That is an average of 45 kids per day. This removal is being done before their parents, who are being accused of illegally crossing the Mexico-U.S. border, are prosecuted. The swelling number of children over the past six weeks has led the Trump Administration to announce plans for a Tornillo, Texas, “Tent City” with beds for more than 400 children. This week, the media got their first look at the immigrant detention center in a converted Walmart that is housing close to 2,000 children.

A tent city is a collection of tents, typically one forming temporary or makeshift accommodations for refugees or homeless people. Currently, there are about 25-tent cities in the United States. This week local leaders and immigrant advocates throughout Texas questioned and decried the Trump Administration’s proposal that could house immigrant children in tent cities across Texas. One state Rep, Cesar Blanco, according to USA Today, said the move is dehumanizing and tarnishes Taxes’ tradition of welcoming immigrants, “a tent city is not a place for children to be,” he said to USA Today. “That’s counter to the values not just of border communities but America in general.”

The Trump Administration, who is trying to blame the Democrats for their policy, is considering housing up to 5,000 children at different military bases throughout Texas. They plan to continue ripping children from their parents and placing them on an army bases. Let that sink it. Let that sink in whether you have children or not.

If you are starting to think, oh this sounds a lot like Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “Tent City Jail” in Phoenix, Arizona that ultimately led to the Sheriff being found guilty of criminal contempt of court and then getting pardoned by President Trump, you are right. His tent city that housed 2,000 was denounced by human rights advocates and deemed inhuman. In my best Ron Howard narrator voice “Is was.” And those at Sheriff Joe’s “Tent City Jail” which he went on to call a concentration camp on many occasions, were adults.

Trump throughout his campaign praised Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who he even campaigned with, even after the Sheriff was calling his Tent City Jail a concentration camp. So now the Trump Administration’s policy, which is being modeled after Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s inhumane tactics is to throw more adults in tent cities, rip their children apart and put those children in other tent cities.

I haven’t been able to sleep much this week because of this. I keep remembering as a kid when my mom took me to the Holocaust museum in Washington, D.C., questioning why people didn’t say something or do something before it was too late. Why didn’t people stop Adolf Hitler when he was arresting political opponents? Why didn’t anyone speak up while Hilter was rounding up socialists and communists and unionist?

If you ever go to a Holocaust museum, you will see prominent pastor and Hitler foe Martin Niemöller’s quote which he wrote from a concentration camp:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.


If you are reading this, it is not too late. It is not too late to speak up. It is not too late to do something. It’s not too late to call your representative, to protest in the street, and it’s certainly not too late to stop thinking about yourself.