Siri Hustvedt

Concentration Camps for Kids: An Open Letter
Nov 2018

New York Review of Books

Concentration Camps for Kids: An Open Letter

In the New York Review of Books, dozens of authors, including Siri, signed an open letter denouncing the Trump administration’s tent facility for detaining migrant children separated from their parents in Tornillo, Texas, and the thousands of other migrant children being held.

The US government is detaining more than 13,000 migrant children, the highest number ever; as of last month, some 250 “tender age” children aged twelve or under had not yet been reunited with their parents. Recently, the president has vowed to “put tents up all over the place” for migrants.

This generation will be remembered for having allowed for concentration camps for children to be built on “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” This is happening here and now, but not in our names.

Read the whole letter.