The first child immigration detainment facility under President Joe Biden opened this week, prompting Democrats who had attacked former President Donald Trump for maintaining similar facilities to go on the defensive.
A former oil field worker camp in Carrizo Springs, Texas, it was briefly used as a detainment facility by the Trump administration in 2019 before being closed down, but is now back in operation to hold “up to 700 children,” with the Biden administration saying it was needed since capacity has been cut at other facilities due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Immigration activists were saddened to hear of the facility reopening, with lawyer Linda Brandmiller telling the Washington Post it was “unnecessary,” “costly,” and “absolutely against everything Biden promised he was going to do.”
Activist Rosey Abuabara, who was reportedly arrested for protesting against the camp in 2019, told the Post she cried upon hearing that the facility was opening again. “I don’t have any hope that Biden is going to make it better,” she said.
There was plenty of criticism on social media, too, with some taking aim at Biden and the Democrats, noting that during his campaign he had expressed opposition to child detainment facilities – often referred to by critics and the media as “kids in cages” under the Trump administration.
"if you dont vote for biden, you dont care about the kids in cages at the border" https://t.co/7VAHLiVNMN
— toffee (@enbylenin) February 23, 2021
Meet the new boss, you’ll be amazed at the similarities between him and the old boss. https://t.co/XTCOd1tOHS
— Eoin Higgins (@EoinHiggins_) February 23, 2021
weird, thought 'kids in cages' was not going to be a thing anymore https://t.co/zY0eILi3CH
— Current Affairs (@curaffairs) February 23, 2021
Concentration camp expansion under a Democrat administration. https://t.co/htHwZ7unQ5
— Donate to Texas #MutualAid Groups (@_SemaHernandez_) February 23, 2021
Here we go with the concentration camps again. and if you think I exaggerate, those sure look like cages to me https://t.co/YEdT8RgDg2
— ❤️ (@umairh) February 23, 2021
Americans also took aim at the Washington Post for its more muted language in describing the camp, compared to the newspaper’s coverage of similar facilities under President Trump.
Kids in cages is now “migrant facility for children.” https://t.co/AcfgIwFI1m
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) February 23, 2021
— Drew Holden (@DrewHolden360) February 23, 2021
There were liberals who defended the reopening of the camp under Biden, however.
One anti-Trump tweeter told critics that the containers used at the facility “offer privacy” which kids “do not have in cages,” and that it was “the fastest and cheapest alternative” until a permanent solution is found.
Detaining kids is never an ideal situation, but some things to consider:
Will these kids have beds w/real blankets—not foil?
Will these kids have access to showers, etc & clean clothes?
Will they be placed w/sponsors ASAP—within 15-30 days?
If so, those things make a difference.
— Nightowl (@Nightow10218300) February 23, 2021
These are not cages. The children have beds, blankets and real bathrooms. The article said they are only here until their rightful sponsors are found. They are also taking in others that were being held up in Mexico. They had no place to live there.
— Black Girl Justice (@dodi70) February 23, 2021
Another user compared the facility units to “mobile homes that people live in all over the country,” prompting an actual mobile home resident to point out that he doesn’t have bars on his windows and has the ability to leave the home when he desires.
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