One of so many reasons to abolish immigration detention centers is because the people that are held don’t get medical care. Some of these people need medication that has been prescribed to them to keep them from getting ill or worse death. They say the people who work at the detention centers care about their health but when you read an article about someone’s death at a detention center, it’s mostly likely about the person telling them about their medical issues and no one caring for that person until their in critical condition. The songs zero tolerance says “not enough for you cause i know it’s tough there making you suffer” This is cruel and inhumane, which goes against our constitution. It’s  not right to put a young child behind bars or in a cage for no reason whatsoever, other than they are from another country. Children are the innocent victims in all of this. All that they did was follow their mother or father, who just wanted to find them a nice, peaceful and better place for their kids to grow up. In the song it says what they have to go through just to get here “Mommy and daddy you had to leave because of things where you lived the people wouldn’t believe I also understand you been traveling a long time crossed two borders and that train was a long ride you know its called the “ la bestia” that means the beast people travel it. To get to this country to find peace”. The world only sees stories about things in Mexico with all the cartels are getting out of hand but they don’t represent all or even a part of what Mexico is. They just get all of the media coverage. 

Another reason that immigration detention centers should be abolished is that being locked up in a cage, a prison, can have a huge impact on a child. The biggest impact is on their mental health. In the song it says “the man in the uniform closed the door and locked it now you’re standing there crying And you can’t stop it you’re terrified, traumatized with your hands in your pockets” a child being locked up at such a young age will have a big impact and in a negative way. In the song it says “some of em Can’t even talk yet or walk yet “ a mother had spoken to the press about losing her loved one, a twenty-month old baby to ICE. She wanted people to know and she wanted to show how these types of places are no good to kids mentalty or physically, The mother stated that she recalled seeing a number of sick children while she and her daughter were being held at a detention center and that her daughter began showing symptoms after entering the facility. After her getting checked out by the doctor and suffering from 104F fever, cough, congestion, diarrhea, vomiting, there was no mention of any of these things by medical staff on discharge forms. She did not receive treatment and  after being released from the center she only lasted six weeks in a hospital where she passed away. 

 I found a podcast from NPR and what they talk about is a very serious health concern to detention centers about how “We’re taking a largely unvaccinated population, concentrating them in a very high-risk setting where the people have active disease, and we’re going to see more and more outbreaks” and this just says it all about why these detention centers are not a good idea for the people or community and also this “Clearly by putting them in these facilities at risk for the spread of disease, we are putting them at risk for harm. And you’re going to get a lot more people with more serious disease” this just shows how centers arent up to standerds to be safe spot for people to be locked up and think its a good idea to put people’s health at risk and also  “About 80 immigrant detainees with mumps have exhibited the symptom. And there are worries mumps could spread to the general population. The outbreak has already infected 33 staff members at ICE facilities, and thousands of detainees have been quarantined in states like Louisiana, Texas and Colorado. But the outbreak is not just impacting health” this also shows its not good for the community because it says it could spread to the general population and that’s just putting other people’s health at risk and an unidentified person from an ICE detention center says “he’s not the same person since the experience. He’s more on guard now and afraid. I’m panicked, afraid” and with this it shows the mental health these places have on anyone and i think of this as torture because the unidentified person also adds on that he was stuck in a 5 by 5 feet cage and also freezing cold and he couldnt see his wife when she came to visit him even though they dont have the right to call off a visit unless he himself rejects the visit but if your in this situation no one in a detention center wouldnt call off a visit from a loved one. An article from 2019 from the New York Times says that there were multiple outbreaks of scabies, shingles, lice, mumps, chickenpox and flu logged this year and last and that they denied basic hygiene and health care. 

The main reason that immigration detention centers should be abolished is because we are all human and humans who do the right thing should be treated with dignity and respect. These centers are treated like prisons but they are dirtier and less structured. They have less resources than prison. Prisons have blankets and pillows and beds. These detention centers only have the hard ground and some metallic covers. People in these detention centers have little resources such as food and clean water. They are ignored, separated by their families, refused medical treatment, and at times, they leave them to die…just because they are from another country wanting a better life for themselves and their families..and in the song it says ”your hungry and it’s cold too” and “it’s like a nightmare it doesn’t seem real you came from your country cause people Where getting killed it’s crazy how you thought you were supposed to feel safe In the land of the free and the home of the brave” this is how they fell Does this seem right to you? It doesn’t to me.

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13 Comments
  1. Rachael 23 hours ago

    Hi Sergio,
    I agree that the US is doing an awful job when it comes to immigration. There’s too much political conflict and an inhumane attitude towards immigrants. We need to focus on how to help immigrants, not how to contain them or close our borders. The US is made up of immigrants, and it’s important that we help immigrants become citizens and treat them humanely. I found an interesting source that gives facts about immigration in the US that you might find interesting: https://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/frequently-requested-statistics-immigrants-and-immigration-united-states.

  2. Luke 1 day ago

    Hey Sergio I like your immigration topic. Separating families in such hostile conditions. This is not morally okay and I feel like more. I found this article that relates with your topic https://phr.org/our-work/resources/not-in-my-exam-room/?gclid=CjwKCAjwvZv0BRA8EiwAD9T2VSoWJFZPJw_ArzvfVZazLRW1-TBTdlVmxff9WMpnJmFIoQn4_JuEdRoC640QAvD_BwE, check it out!

  3. Abigayle 3 days ago

    Dear Sergio,
    I thought your post was very moving and very informative. You used a lot of information that gets people thinking about the effects of immigration and what it does to families and children. I think you bring up a great argument. Here is some more information I found about this.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/the-case-for-abolishing-immigration-detention/2020/01/23/25fde4d8-0bb4-11ea-bd9d-c628fd48b3a0_story.html

    Great work!

  4. Tania Arellano 3 weeks ago

    Dear Sergio
    I am really emotional about your post “Abolish Immigration Detention Center” because you not only see the consequences about it, you also care about the health care of the immigrants, you go deeper into what if someone dies, what is the response of the government to the community.
    One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “It is not right to put a young child behind bars or in a cage for no reason whatsoever, other than they are from another country”. I think this is very emotional, because children don’t have the fault of this government, they are our future, they have a life and they want to have a normal childhood.
    Have you read this article called “What Happened To The Migrant Children Separated From Their Parents”, I thought you might be interested in this because it talks about what happened after their parents were deported in America or don’t.
    Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really liked the way you go into a subject and you provide the positive and negative impacts on it.

  5. Michael 3 weeks ago

    I read your post “abolish immigration detention centers”,what you wrote make me think of how people like you is interesting in a big topic like immigration..I understand how people feel to come here and be treated like if they are bad people or treated like animals living in a bad condition and receiving bad food.I didn’t ride “La Bestia” (The Beast) but I understand people who ride that dangerous train just looking for peace and a better future for parents and their kids.

  6. Michael 3 weeks ago

    I agree with you immigration is one of the things that big in life now many people suffer from this and I think we should figure out ways to prevent this from happening especially if people are coming over to have better lives.The government has all these funds for military use to fight off nothing but themselves. One sentence you wrote that really stood out to me, was “They are ignored, separated by their families, refused medical treatment, and at times, they leave them to die…” i think this is critical because the government does really seem to ignore them and the needs of a human being.The lack of standards has people getting sick and spreading disease making it a dangerous possibly lethal environment.

  7. Mark Spelic 3 weeks ago

    In my opinion, the Corona virus is a great example of why the prisoner at the detention centers and jails should get medical care, regardless of the crime they’ve committed. I agree that a child in a prison cell can impact their lives because one, the child didn’t do anything wrong or two, they didn’t get raised right by the parent and they didn’t know what was right or wrong. I disagree that a desease could affect a large population because the bad disease is only held at detention centers.

  8. Hector 1 month ago

    Dear:Sergio
    I read your post “abolish immigration detention centers”,what you wrote make me think of how people like you is interesting in a big topic like immigration.I feel a connection with what you wrote because I had a the same experience,Immigrate from El Salvador and then be in one of those detention centers that’s a very hard and horrible experience.I understand how people feel to come here and be treated like if they are bad people or treated like animals living in a bad condition and receiving bad food.I didn’t ride “La Bestia” (The Beast) but I understand people who ride that dangerous train just looking for peace and a better future for parents and their kids.

    Immigration centers are suppose to treated immigrants in a good condition and be treated like any human in this world,even if they have different cultures,that doesn’t mean that we need to treated those people differently.Government have a lot of money to spend and they spend this money in a wall or military equipment,I know is necessary to buy resources to defend the country but there are more important issues to solve,more than start a war by buying weapons and one of this issues is the immigration help by improving the resources,food,medication and necessary equipment to treated the immigrants in better conditions.That doesn’t mean to give them more attention than the others,this means to treated people equally In the same way like everybody else,not giving them money or house but yes giving them the necessary to live in good conditions while they are waiting for a response to stay in the country.

  9. Jonathan 1 month ago

    I appreciate the fact that you came out to talk about this subject. Some of these people need medication that has been prescribed to them to keep them from getting ill or worse death. https://immsolutionsllc.com/immigration you should go and check this link out. I hope you choose to respond, I’m looking forward to what you might have to say.

  10. Zane 1 month ago

    Dear Sergio, I am saddened by your emotional article because the conditions these people live in who just want a better life is horrific. The government has all these funds for military use to fight off nothing but themselves. One sentence you wrote that really stood out to me, was “They are ignored, separated by their families, refused medical treatment, and at times, they leave them to die…” i think this is critical because the government does really seem to ignore them and the needs of a human being. Another sentence that really stood out to me was “Another reason that immigration detention centers should be abolished is that being locked up in a cage, a prison, can have a huge impact on a child.” and this… is really true. No child should spend their time in a cage with family or not. They need to be outside and have fun and eat candy, not worried when their life will really start.

  11. Orlando 1 month ago

    This article informed me of many facts that I did not know about immigration detention center. We all think about the separation of the families which is terrible but the living conditions in these centers are intolerable. The lack of standards has people getting sick and spreading disease making it a dangerous possibly lethal environment.

  12. Olivia 1 month ago

    I agree with you immigration is one of the things that big in life now many people suffer from this and I think we should figure out ways to prevent this from happening especially if people are coming over to have better lives.

  13. Mashlin 1 month ago

    Immigration is a big topic that affects many people and families. I think that separating kids from their parents is not the best thing. Children are very affected. This also hurts their families and having their loved ones locked up hurts them so much.

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