In case you figured that squalid refugee camps were solely a feature of the undeveloped world, consider this account, Inside the Refugee Camp on America’s Doorstep, from the New York Times. The filth-ridden camp near Brownsville, TX holds would-be refugees who have waited in some cases more than a year to have their cases considered by our government.
According to the Times, “The members of this displaced community requested refuge in the United States but were sent back into Mexico, and told to wait. They came there after unique tragedies: violent assaults, oppressive extortions, murdered loved ones. They are bound together by the one thing they share in common — having nowhere else to go.”
The Times’ piece chronicles a life for kids that includes no school, scarce food and water, and housing comprised of fraying canvas tents, this a consequence of the current administration’s unprecedented limits on asylum.