Over the past year, the humanitarian crisis at the border has worsened for migrants and those seeking asylum. The problems now go well beyond the forced family separations and detentions that were highlighted in the summer of 2018. Migrant children are being held in overcrowded, unsanitary and dangerous detention facilities in violation of an agreement which requires that children be moved quickly. Over the past several weeks, the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) Inspector General, Congressional representatives, lawyers, physicians, journalists and others have visited facilities in Texas and Florida and report overcrowded, squalid and unsafe conditions in these detention facilities. As a result, legislation has been introduced to ensure protections for migrants and the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees announced that they will hold hearings about the conditions at detention centers.
This lesson provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the conditions in the detention facilities, reflect on the impact this has on migrants and those seeking asylum and explore possible actions to address the humanitarian crisis.