Activists staged a vigil in New York City on Friday to protest the detention of migrants apprehended at the US-Mexico border, as conditions inside the camps come under increased public scrutiny.
Protesters held up placards and candles as they called for the closure of the detention camps. Left-wing activist Linda Sarsour called the practice of imprisoning those seeking asylum as «modern day... Еще slavery» and segregation.
«It's not enough, it's not enough to end family separation. It's not enough to reunite the children with their parents. It's not enough even to say to close the camps. We have to abolish the oppressive systems that even thought they can put children camps on our watch,» Sarsour told a cheering crowd.
The treatment of migrants in the detention centres — particularly child migrants — has come under fire in recent months, with reports emerging of squalid conditions and cruelty from staff. Members of Congress such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez testified to the House Oversight and Reform Committee yesterday that detainees face abuse and inhumane conditions.