Five days after taking office as the 45th President of the United States, amid a gush of similar measures, Donald Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) covering “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements,” something precious to the Trump presidential campaign.
Trump rose to prominence via railing against immigrants and claiming that he would build a wall along the U.S./ Mexico border should he be elected, and he actually got elected and has now taken office all while sticking to that same platform.
Anyway, Trump’s Jan. 25 executive order on the issue of immigration reads, in part:
‘The Secretary [of Homeland Security] shall take all appropriate action and allocate all legally available resources to immediately construct, operate, control, or establish contracts to construct, operate, or control facilities to detain aliens at or near the land border with Mexico.’
This same order is the one that officially laid down that Trump intends to see a wall built along the U.S./ Mexico border — even thought to suggest that such would “prevent illegal immigration, drug and human trafficking, and acts of terrorism,” as Trump does in his wall-related EO, is a freaking joke. It’s a immobile stone wall. If terrorists or drug traffickers really want into the United States, they’ll just go around it, a.k.a. come in via plane.
Critics of Trump’s hastily put together immigration and border security policies pointed out the disturbing undertone to Trump’s order for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to be ordered to “construct, operate, or control” holding facilities.
Conditions in these facilities are reminiscent of facilities that, when found in other countries, have been home to egregious crimes against humanity. (Think, concentration camps and ISIS.)
In U.S. detention facilities, undocumented immigrants are often packed into a holding cell until it literally can’t hold any more living people and provided with little to no basic sustenance. There have been untold hundreds of individuals brought to such facilities in just the past couple weeks, as Trump has sent orders down the line for Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officers to ramp up their detentions pace. The people detained by these officers include people who have not been convicted of any crimes.
A selection of photos taken inside undocumented immigrant detention centers is featured below, via a variety of sources.
The next two photos are of individuals who have wrapped themselves in Mylar blankets to stay warm.