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Elizabeth C. McLaughlin
IF YOU CARE ABOUT WHAT TRUMP IS DOING AT THE BORDER, you need to read and share this thread. please read this. I have just gotten off the phone with a friend who is a legal volunteer in Border Patrol facilities. Don't look away. 1/
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Elizabeth C. McLaughlin Jun 13
Replying to @ECMcLaughlin
My friend has done two tours now volunteering as a legal advocate inside CBP facilities. She passed along information about what is happening there that indicates that the Trump Administration is violating every basic human right, and is moving toward military "solutions." 2/
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Elizabeth C. McLaughlin Jun 13
Replying to @ECMcLaughlin
So that folks understand the process: CBP has outposts on the border. Refugees seeking asylum travel hundreds of miles on foot, including with infants and small children, and turn themselves in at these outposts *on foot.* Here's what happens next. Don't look away. 3/
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Elizabeth C. McLaughlin Jun 13
Replying to @ECMcLaughlin
CBP then transfers these human beings to a facility called "the Dog Pound." (Here, my friend started crying.) The "Dog Pound" is comprised of cages, outside and on dirt, with no protection from the elements. Don't look away. 4/
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Elizabeth C. McLaughlin Jun 13
Replying to @ECMcLaughlin
There are dozens of teen moms there. There is no baby food. While there, my friend saw a CBP agent take a baby from her teenage mother, strip the baby of its clothes, hand the baby back to the mother, and send them outside to the "Dog Pound" to sleep in the dirt. 5/
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Elizabeth C. McLaughlin Jun 13
Replying to @ECMcLaughlin
The "Dog Pound" has no running water, no covers, no tarp, no care, no safety from the elements. It is freezing at night, and deathly hot during the day. Everyone is sick. My friend said she saw a baby on this trip that was so sick "I thought it would be dead by morning." 6/
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Elizabeth C. McLaughlin Jun 13
Replying to @ECMcLaughlin
Toddlers in the "Dog Pound" who had been eating solid food are given only infant formula. Moms are trying to start breast feeding again so their children don't starve. These moms are dehydrated, sick, & have walked miles through desert with no water. CBP gives them nothing. 7/
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Elizabeth C. McLaughlin Jun 13
Replying to @ECMcLaughlin
It gets worse. Don't look away. From the "Dog Pound," these human beings are moved to an area called "The Freezer." The Freezer is kept at 55 degrees. Some of the refugees who are moved there are still wet from their journey, and are put in The Freezer wet. 8/
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Elizabeth C. McLaughlin Jun 13
Replying to @ECMcLaughlin
CBP is keeping human beings in "The Freezer" for weeks at a time. WEEKS. Including critically ill people, disabled people, sick children, teenage mothers with babies. The floor of The Freezer is made of dirt or very rough concrete. There are no beds. Keep reading. 9/
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Elizabeth C. McLaughlin Jun 13
Replying to @ECMcLaughlin
From "The Freezer," refugees are supposed to be moved to ICE facilities that are designed for residential care. They have beds, food, bathrooms. However, (keep reading) THOSE FACILITIES ARE EMPTY. ICE IS SHUTTING THEM DOWN. Don't look away. 10/
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Elizabeth C. McLaughlin Jun 13
Replying to @ECMcLaughlin
What our government is doing instead is moving refugees to MILITARY INSTALLATIONS. The announcement about Fort Sill, which was used as a Japanese internment camp, is only the start. So why would our government be doing this? 11/
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Elizabeth C. McLaughlin Jun 13
Replying to @ECMcLaughlin
Here's why These concentration camps (let's call them what they are) will be under the control of the Department of Homeland Security, but within the Department of Defense. 12/.
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Elizabeth C. McLaughlin Jun 13
Replying to @ECMcLaughlin
Unlike ICE facilities, which allow site inspectors inside, there will be no inspection of military-run camps. The military will be able to deny access to anyone it chooses. No media. No oversight. 13/
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Elizabeth C. McLaughlin Jun 13
Replying to @ECMcLaughlin
Lawyers will not be allowed in. Human rights monitors will not be allowed in. The camps will also be protected airspace, meaning that no drones can fly over them to take pictures of what's going on inside. 14/
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Elizabeth C. McLaughlin Jun 13
Replying to @ECMcLaughlin
The Trump administration will be able to conduct itself in whatever way it wants to without anyone knowing what's going on inside. Think about what that means. Think about why they would want that. This is happening RIGHT NOW. 15/
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Elizabeth C. McLaughlin Jun 13
Replying to @ECMcLaughlin
ICE facilities with beds and food are EMPTY, because the Trump administration is moving refugees into military-run concentration camps where they can do ANYTHING THEY CHOOSE without oversight, media scrutiny or advocate access. 16/
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Elizabeth C. McLaughlin Jun 13
Replying to @ECMcLaughlin
This administration is already committing atrocities at CBP facilities. Border Patrol agents at the facility where my friend was working refer to these human beings as "bodies." Not people. "Bodies." They are denying medicine, toilets, beds, food, shelter and clothes. 17/
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Elizabeth C. McLaughlin Jun 13
Replying to @ECMcLaughlin
My friend said that "Flores is on very tenuous ground." We're days away from being met with "we're not going to let you in, no matter what." 18/
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Elizabeth C. McLaughlin Jun 13
Replying to @ECMcLaughlin
What is coming is crimes against humanity. America is already perpetrating mass human rights violations, and this administration is setting it up so they can do far worse, in secret, under military supervision. 19/
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Elizabeth C. McLaughlin Jun 13
Replying to @ECMcLaughlin
Military forces are already been shifted to CBP. My friend saw *coast guard agents* (read that again) working for CBP at this facility. If we do nothing, there will be blood on our hands. 20/
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Elizabeth C. McLaughlin Jun 13
Replying to @ECMcLaughlin
If Pelosi does nothing, there will be blood on her hands and the hands of every Democrat who refuses to act to end this administration's reign. Fascism is here. 21/
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Elizabeth C. McLaughlin Jun 13
Replying to @SpeakerPelosi
If this enrages you, devastates you, frightens you, share this thread. Then call your member of Congress and read it to them. Then call and ask her why she sits silently by as our government does this. 22/
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Elizabeth C. McLaughlin Jun 13
Replying to @ECMcLaughlin
We're on a fast train to hell. There's only one way to stop it. Trump must be removed from power immediately, by any legal means, using every weapon in our arsenal. 23/
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Elizabeth C. McLaughlin Jun 13
Replying to @ECMcLaughlin
This is where we are. This is WHO we are. Look reality in the face. Don't look away. Fight like human life depends on it. It does. It does. It does. /end
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Elizabeth C. McLaughlin Jun 13
Replying to @AOC
PS. I have been asked to tag in this thread with an urgent plea that she read it. What is happening at the border mandates immediate action and revolt in the Democratic party. PPS. My friend has photos of the facility. This is real. It's America, right now.
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Elizabeth C. McLaughlin Jun 13
Replying to @RAICESTEXAS @ACLU
Last tweet: please donate to . Please do it immediately and as much as you can. Please donate to the . Please fight against this administration with everything you've got.
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Elizabeth C. McLaughlin Jun 13
Replying to @HouseDemocrats
To those of you asking: tag your reps, your Senators, tag anyone you want. Every American needs to see what this administration is doing in our name. need to ask themselves if they'll sit idly by while America perpetrates atrocities.
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Elizabeth C. McLaughlin Jun 13
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Elizabeth C. McLaughlin Jun 13
Replying to @ECMcLaughlin
Texas Monthly is covering similar conditions in this piece. My friend told me there are multiple "Dog Pounds" and "Freezers" at other CBP facilities than those my friend has been inside and this is common practice.
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