What’s happening at the border

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Because all of that is happening at the border. ¹ ² ³

Did you see that men and women are being held in dangerously overcrowded facilities? That cells meant to hold 8, 12, and 35 people are being used to contain 41, 76, and 155 persons (respectively)? That these cells are so overcrowded that people are standing on toilets just to breathe? That there are nursing mothers in these cells?

Because all of that is happening at the border. ⁴ ⁵

Have you been alerted to the fact that, when the cold, unsanitary, and overcrowded facilities physically can’t fit any more people, these folks are transferred to outdoor facilities described as “human dog pounds?”

Because all of that is happening at the border. ⁶

Did you know that when confronted about the conditions in which children were being held, the current administration argued in court that soap, toothbrushes, and beds are not necessary for kids to be “safe and sanitary?”

Because all of that is the reality of what is going on in our country, right now, as you read this.

I’ll be the first to admit, it’s easy to look away. To lose yourself in work or school or family issues or literally anything else. After all, these facilities are hundreds (if not thousands) of miles away, oftentimes in the middle of nowhere. And for the vast majority of us, these are people we don’t (and likely never will) know. But we can’t look away.

So what can we do?

You can contact your Senators and Representatives in the federal government. You can tell them that as a constituent, you’re deeply concerned with what is going on at the border. You can tell them you want a thorough investigation of what has and is happening, more funding to immigration courts to ensure fair and timely processing of asylum claims, and an immediate closure of these camps and facilities. If you’re unsure how to do this, here’s a great resource known as 5 Calls that will provide you with a sample script and a list of phone numbers to your Senators and Representatives in Congress.

Firm believer in Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and that the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing. Twitter: @nathantaft

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