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Immigrant authors call for end to inhumane conditions at border

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A coalition of immigrant and refugee writers have signed an open letter to Congress, published by The Nation magazine, decrying the conditions in migrant detention facilities at the border.

The letter was first published last month with signatories including actor Gabriel Byrne, scholar Reza Aslan and novelists Neil Gaiman, Khaled Hosseini and Viet Thanh Nguyen. Several new authors added their names this week, including Isabel Allende, Salman Rushdie and Imbolo Mbue.

{mosads}“Polls show that the vast majority of Americans are horrified by the suffering unfolding in the camps,” the signers wrote.

“We call on you to leverage that public support to meet our moral obligations by ensuring those held by our own government receive elementary necessities like sanitation supplies and access to medical and legal personnel,” they added.

The letter’s signers describe the “experience of utter paralysis” and “praying to not be found wanting” in their own journeys to America.

“Today, those enduring unspeakable conditions at our border are praying, just as we once prayed, when it was our turn,” they write. “They may be praying to a different god, or different gods or different entities, but it doesn’t matter; what matters is that the power to address their prayers lies with you, the United States Congress. Please, do not let them go unheeded.”

The Department of Homeland Security’s internal watchdog has found severe overcrowding and unsafe and unsanitary conditions at multiple migrant detention centers, though government officials including President Trump have called those reports exaggerated. 

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