Trump calls on military to deploy to the southern border
DoD formally approves military-hosted immigrant concentration camps as non-military sites fill up
Brittany DeBarros is a captain in the US Army; however, her quote above reflects her personal views and not those of the US military.
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, once again declared that active duty US military personnel need to be deployed to the southern border in order to repel, “the assault on our country.” (Militarytimes.com, October 18, 2018)
It’s easy to attack a ragtag group of immigrants, traveling in a public caravan, seeking asylum, and this kind of rhetoric plays well to his anti-immigration base, leading up to the midterm elections. However, it’s more than just rhetoric.
This summer, the Trump Administration ordered the military to detain tens of thousands of immigrants in tent cities across the United States. Eight military installations were identified, primarily those near the southern border with unused air strips. The military agreed, and the Department of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services (HHS) got onboard.
In light of Trump’s escalating declarations of mobilizing the military to enforce immigration laws, we believe it is urgent that we take the administration at its word. Our government intends to have the military build these camps, because they plan on detaining tens of thousands more immigrants in the United States – very soon.
“I was sent to a camp at just 5 years old — but even then, they didn’t separate children from families,” stated actor George Takei recently (June 19, 2018 Foreign Policy op-ed), comparing today’s immigrant detention camps to what Japanese American citizens, himself included, endured during World War II. “My family was sent to a racetrack for several weeks to live in a horse stall, but at least we had each other.”
We need military service members to speak up and share with us what’s happening as plans develop. Courage to Resist believes that all military personnel have a moral and legal obligation to refuse to comply with any order that involves collaboration with these immigrant concentration camps.
Event: Military ordered to host camps
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In the SF Bay Area? You’re invited to a public discussion, “Military ordered to host immigrant concentration camps,” on Monday, November 5th at SoleSpace in Uptown Oakland, 1714 Telegraph Avenue. The event will begin promptly at 6:00 pm with a flamenco performance in honor of the youth currently being held at Tornillo Port of Entry. At 7:15 pm, attorney James Branum will present “Military law for civilian attorneys & advocates, an introduction” (90 min.). Attorney CLE credits available. Hosted by Courage to Resist and the Objector Church with military law presentation co-sponsored by the Bay Area Military Law Task Force of the National Lawyers Guild. For more info, visit couragetoresist.org/nov5D O N A T E
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