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.Tags: detention Gateway High School Immigration social justice