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Close The Camps: Fighting the US Detention Industry

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Donald Trump's xenophobic and nationalist rhetoric has been backed up by an atmosphere of fear imposed on undocumented people across the United States. Using the notorious Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, the US government has separated families and kept people in detention centres that many are calling concentration camps.

redfish reports on the growing movement to abolish ICE, as well as the financial interests behind locking up and deporting undocumented migrants.

In New York, we speak with Mirna Lazcano, who has crossed the border from Mexico on three different occasions. In 2013, she was detained in Arizona, and describes the conditions of her detention during that period: "What I went through, I'm ashamed to even talk about it. They make you take off your clothes and touch your private parts and search for guns and drugs. That was the most humiliating part for me."

Among the many activists who have been fighting ICE and the detention industry for years is Karina Garcia. She talks about the responsibility of the US government in creating the migrant crisis: "The people in power know why we're here. The people have been escaping the exploitation that corporations, these American corporations, have created in their countries, and they're escaping the war that they've created in these countries as well, where the CIA has trained the biggest torturers in Latin America, and then people of course escape those conditions."

Recalling how today's white supremacy and racism isn't particularly new, Tom Hagood, who runs a sanctuary church in Atlanta, tells redfish: "White supremacists have raised their heads at many points in the life of this country...you can go into the 1920s, you can see the exact same patterns, you can see the same thing of the statements coming out of the White House."

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