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Friday, July 5, 2019

UPDATED: Blame the victim

UPDATE: Trump calls his prison camps clean and good.
Trump says migrants are at fault for conditions at his prison camps
By Jake Johnson, staff writer for Common Dreams
“I think they do a great job with those facilities…I’ve seen some of those places, 
and they are run beautifully. They’re clean. They’re good. They do a great job.” 
Donald Trump on July 5, contradicting the findings of the Dept. of Homeland 
Security’s Office of Inspector General. Could find no instances where Trump 
has actually been to “some of those places.”
In response to photosnews reports, and first-hand accounts of the horrific conditions inside Border Patrol detention centers in Texas, President Donald Trump fired off a tweet blaming migrants themselves for the abuse they are now enduring at the hands of his administration.

"If illegal immigrants are unhappy with the conditions in the quickly built or refitted detentions centers, just tell them not to come," Trump wrote. 

"All problems solved!"

Critics slammed the president's tweet as a particularly "monstrous" example of victim blaming as the administration faces accusations of rampant mistreatment of asylum seekers and immigrant children, many of whom have been separated from their families and forced to live in overcrowded facilities without adequate food, water, soap, toothpaste, and other basic necessities.

Some argued the president's tweet amounted to an admission that his administration is deliberately creating appalling conditions at detention facilities along the southern border in an effort to deter migrants entering the United States.


In a series of earlier tweets on Wednesday, Trump praised Border Patrol for doing a "great job" as the agency comes under fire for a secret Facebook group in which current and former officials made violent and xenophobic comments about members of Congress and migrants.

Trump also attempted to justify the squalid conditions at detention facilities by claiming they are "far better" and "far safer" than the environment migrants fled.

"It's hard to overstate the level of venality and depravity this man is capable of," Greg Sargent of the Washington Post wrote in response to the president's tweets.