This list of U.S. ‘concentration camps’ is being seen as a call to action

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.

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.

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

Claire Goforth

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.