Trump's "Next Cruel Plot": DHS Asks Pentagon to Build Border Detention Camps for Families

September 19, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Although a federal judge has required the government to reunite families separated under President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy—since his executive order repealing it did not address reunification—immigrant rights advocates are now raising alarms about “the Trump administration’s next cruel plot,” mandated by the president’s order, to detain several thousand families together.

“This is the Trump administration’s next cruel plot—to imprison children and parents in military bases and tent cities.”

A Department of Defense (DoD) media statement that BuzzFeed‘s Jason Leopold posted to Twitter Wednesday evening details a request from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide housing for “an alien family population of up to 12,000” on U.S. military bases.

“If facilities are not available, DoD has been asked to identify available DoD land and construct semi-separate, soft-sided camp facilities capable of sheltering up to 4,000 people, at three separate locations,” the statement said. “DHS prefers the facilities to be built in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, or California” for logistical purposes and their proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border.

The ACLU responded in a pair of tweets, denouncing the administration’s plans—which come as a direct result of the president’s executive order that ended the family separation policy—and concluding, “Families do not belong in detention—period.”