In photographs, children are playing soccer in the intense summer heat, in a camp surrounded by chain-link fences and razor wire. The fence of the camp can be seen from Guadalupe, Mexico and buts up against the Tornillo Port of Entry.
The conditions at the camp are, according to reports, good. Photos show on-site medical staff and children get the same food staff eats. Tents are air-conditioned, and children use outdoor toilets.
The Roanoke Times compared conditions at this tent city, and a decommissioned Walmart in Brownsville that also houses children, to the way animals are treated in shelters. First Ladies of both parties spoke out against the treatment of these children over the weekend.
“Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso,” wrote former First Lady Laura Bush. “These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history.”
But for the immediate future, there are no plans to consign these new internment camps to history. Instead, there are plans to expand them. Though the policy is massively unpopular, the White House has attempted to shift the blame instead of reconsidering the policy.