Close the Camps

Concentration camps still exist here in the United States. Worse yet, there are states like North Dakota that used this gross human rights violation for profit. We have been separating children from their families and rounding them up, placing them into overcapacity camps. There have been reports of thousands being sexually molested by guards, and an untold number dead from suicide, dehydration, or lack of basic necessities in these camps. Now hundreds of children are missing as the ACLU tries to reunite families.

It is clear this crisis is not being resolved with the due diligence it requires. Two years ago, many of us with the NPL attended a rally in Bismarck with one clear message: “Close the Camps.” They have not been closed. In fact, the camps continue to swell as people seeking asylum continue to be rounded up and forced into these concentration camps.

This country passed The United States Refugee Act of 1980. That law makes clear that any person seeking asylum will not be criminalized nor turned away, and that they will be granted job training as well as be given a path to citizenship. We not only failed that promise, but went against our nation’s laws. These broken promises have resulted in thousands of cases of abuse, neglect, and even death in a number of instances.

It is well past time that we close these camps. As a North Dakotan, we refuse to be a part of these heinous crimes so prisons can profit from human misery. Calling them illegal when they are, in fact, following our laws is not only immoral, it is in direct violation of the law. We at the NPL firmly stand against these camps and the use of an illegal police force that operates nationally to round people up and arrest them on the notions of xenophobia and racism.

Close the Camps, NOW.

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