Stop Enabling Migrant Detention Camps

Over the past couple of years, conditions at the USA-Mexico border have worsened. An influx of migrants have overwhelmed US border control agents. Many of the migrants are coming from Guatemala, where climate change has devastated farming communities, forcing families to flee from famine.[1] 

In response, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency has established sites where they hold migrants in limbo, while they wait for court systems to catch up. These hastily-put-together makeshift facilities often lack basic necessities, such as, soap. Soap. Here's the citation for that fact.[2] They call these 'detention centers.'

Academics call these concentration camps.[3]

Concentration camps' dictionary definition is: "a place where large numbers of people, especially political prisoners or members of persecuted minorities, are deliberately imprisoned in a relatively small area with inadequate facilities..." Most people think of Nazi concentration camps, where they corralled the Jewish population, before sending them to subsequent death camps. 

The word 'concentration camp' came from the British. During the Boer War in South Africa in the late 1890's, British soldiers captured women and children to hold hostage from their military opponents. The military had no incentive for hospitality. From lack of hygiene and medical care, death rates skyrocketed to 10x average.[4]

A number of companies profit off of migrant detention, and need to be held accountable to the abhorrent conditions in the camps. Citizens are already taking a stand with corporations, highlighted by Wayfair workers who are staging 'walkouts' in opposition to their company's role in enabling these concentration camps.[5] If companies refuse to participate in migrant concentration camps, they might become politically infeasible, just like the death penalty.[6]

As investors, let's call on our assets to stand on the right side of history. Call on all companies involved to stop enabling migrant concentration camps.

 

[1] https://www.newyorker.com/news/dispatch/how-climate-change-is-fuelling-the-us-border-crisis

[2] https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/6/23/18714699/immigrant-children-soap-toothbrushes-detention-trump-pence-congress

[3] https://www.newsweek.com/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-concentration-camps-immigrants-detention-centers-southern-border-experts-1445483

[4] Reed, Patrick. "Methods of Barbarism: The Anti-War Movement to the Boer War," The Concord Review, Fall 2011. 

[5] https://wearyourvoicemag.com/news-politics/companies-profit-migrants-detention

[6] https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/drug-companies-opposed-to-the-death-penalty-have-changed-executions