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A list of Customs and Border Protection immigrant detention facilities’ phone numbers and addresses is spreading across the internet.
Yesterday hacker quarterly 2600 Magazine tweeted a link to a list it compiled of places “being used to imprison migrants, immigrants, and/or refugees, many of whom are children.”
The list has been gratefully received by people opposed to the United States’ immigrant detainment facilities that many, including Holocaust survivors, have likened to concentration camps, much to the chagrin of Donald Trump supporters.
We want to thank everyone who's shown support today - it really inspires us to try even harder.— 2600 Magazine (@2600) July 3, 2019
“2600 Magazine has compiled a full listing of CBP stations, a number of which are being used to imprison migrants, immigrants, and/or refugees, many of whom are children. We are sharing that info here.”— Coraline Ada Ehmke (@CoralineAda) July 3, 2019
Concentration camps in the US: https://t.co/iuy5SMTeN5
https://t.co/FHO52NSm0h might have something to do with it— Andrew Waite (@Infosanity) July 3, 2019
News of overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, people drinking out of toilets, family separations, children in cages and even deaths have plagued these camps since the Trump Administration began its zero-tolerance policy of detaining immigrants who cross the border without authorization. The policy has been met with widespread resistance and outrage. Yesterday, a federal judge overturned Attorney General William Barr’s directive to permanently detain asylum seekers.
Even as tales of immigrant suffering and mistreatment has spread, the right continues to attempt to defend the policy by making wild claims about an immigrant invasion and trying to reframe the narrative, with people like Fox News host Laura Ingraham referring to the facilities as “like summer camps.”
Though 2600 Magazine’s list, published on companion websites concentrationcamps.us and internmentcamps.us, does not explicitly state any purpose other than “openness,” it is being taken as a guide to assist protest and resistance movements.
Not all of the locations are camps that house immigrant detainees; 2600 Magazine explains that the individuals who work in these offices may be in a position of power over the camps.
As stated, not all of these addresses correspond to camps. But the people in that building will be the ones in charge if there's such a camp in that area. https://t.co/Fu9TG9xNEO— 2600 Magazine (@2600) July 2, 2019
The list is not yet complete and the publication says that it will continue adding locations as it receives and verifies them. In the meantime, it wanted to share its list with world.
Information really is power.
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Claire Goforth is a Jacksonville, Florida-based journalist covering politics, culture, justice, and unicorns. Her work has appeared in publications ranging from regional alt-weeklies to Al Jazeera.