Howie Faerstein: Thoughts on ‘concentration camps’

Published: 9/8/2019 4:00:07 PM

I’m sorry that Gazette columnist Richard Fein (Aug. 26, “Are they concentration camps?”) doesn’t care for the term “concentration camps” when referring to the private facilities that the United States government (troubling to say “our” government) has set up to hold immigrants along our southern border.

Apparently he prefers the neutral usage “migrant detention centers.” Or maybe he’d prefer “tender age centers,” a phrase of Orwellian newspeak that the current administration uses. Well, at least we’re not designating internment camps as “re-education” camps, as China has done with its Uyghur Muslims. At least not yet.

I would agree that “death camps,” a better name for the Nazi terror camps, would not qualify as a label for Stephen Miller’s final solution since wholesale, wanton murder is not the current policy of the Trump administration when dealing with asylum-seekers fleeing extreme danger in their home countries. Only a small number of refugees have been reported as dying.

Howie Faerstein


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