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Meghan McCain Has A Real Problem With People Referring To Detention Centers Where Children Are Deprived Water Torture Facilities

Just last week, Doctor Dolly Lucio Sevier toured a Border Patrol processing center and concluded that the conditions were comparable to “torture facilities.” At a center known as Ursula in McAllen, Texas, Dr. Sevier found nursing mothers receiving less than half the minimum amount of water required for a healthy family. Mothers were only receiving 1.5 liters of water a day and told her they would drink more if they had access.

Meanwhile, ABC’s “The View” co-host Meghan McCain is invoking the name of her late father, John McCain, who was a prisoner of war, to squash the credibility of Dr. Sevier’s claims.

Dr. Sevier is set to file a temporary restraining order against the federal government on the basis of her findings.

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In her report, she writes that the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is “endangering the health of these infants” by offering “breastfeeding mothers less than adequate supplies of fluids and nutrition.”

A series of reports by lawyers and physicians across the country are contributing to the restraining order.

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We all remember the Clint, Texas Border Patrol report detailing how children were taking care of infants and toddlers, and all of whom were being denied access to soap and toothbrushes.

Two-thirds of the children Dr. Sevier examined had respiratory infections.

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The motion will call for an emergency order to force the government to be in compliance with existing laws mandating the basic health and safety of asylum seekers, specifically children. Meanwhile, children are losing weight while being detained in the facilities.

In the decade before Trump, no immigrant children have died in federal custody. So far, seven children have died.

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The attorney working on the motion has directly blamed the conditions at CBP facilities for the deaths of these children. “These deaths may have been prevented had CBP substantially complied with the terms of the Flores Settlement and promptly transferred children out of its custody,” he said.

During an opening segment on ABC’s “The View,” Meghan McCain got angry with the doctor’s claims.


What started out as a segment discussing the deaths of children at the facilities, with no mention of the phrase “torture facility,” McCain interjected. She described the term as “hyperbole,” invoking her late father’s experience during the Vietnam War.

Co-host Sunny Hostin blamed a “lack of empathy” from the administration for the horrific treatment of children.


McCain called on her experience of growing up with a father with injuries from torture and the experience of visiting a torture facility to dismiss the doctor’s claims.

“When you have a facility whose specific purpose is to torture people, that is not what’s going on,” McCain shouted. “Yes, it’s inhumane but there’s a big difference between a Hanoi Hilton and what’s happening at the border right now!”

Hostin, exasperated, said “I don’t care what we’re calling them. Kids are dying inside of them.”


“We should care about the dead kids that have come out of them,” Hostin emphasized. McCain’s play was right in line with the GOP response: get more worked up about the labels rather than what’s going on inside the detention centers.

“Well, my father couldn’t lift me above his head as a child because of his torture wounds, so I do think that hyperbole is important.”


McCain did not offer any call to action or a solution for the crisis in detention centers, ICE facilities, concentration camps or torture facilities. Hyperbole was the most important topic of discussion for McCain that day.

Meanwhile, descendants of Holocaust survivors are crowding outside a New Jersey detention centers to protest ICE.

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A fellow protestor shared her friend’s story in a single, powerful caption, “So many grandchildren of Holocaust survivors are here blocking the road to the Elizabeth Detention Center. My friends who exist because their family escaped concentration camps know that this ICE facility is a concentration camp. Shut it down! #NeverAgain for anyone!”

Protests are expected across the country demanding a shutdown of all concentration camps in America.

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Just hours ago, hundreds of activists, dozens of which were with the Jewish Advocacy organization Never Again Action, were arrested outside an ICE facility in New Jersey. Their crime was protesting outside an ICE facility calling for an end to ICE raids, deportations, and immigrant prisons.

READ: Historians And AOC Agree That Detention Centers Look Like Concentration Camps But Conservatives Don’t Want To Hear It

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