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Videos of Asylum-Seekers at U.S.-Mexico Border With Numbers Written on Their Arms Go Viral

To some, the scene is reminiscent of the Holocaust.

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In video footage that has gone viral, children waiting to cross into the U.S. from Mexico were seen having numbers written on their arms.


The scene was reminiscent of Auschwitz, a concentration camp in Nazi Germany during World War II where Jews, Blacks, homosexuals and other people were tattooed with numbers that served as a tool of identification.

Neither the U.S. or Mexican government is taking responsibility for the issuance of the numbers in black magic marker.

U.S. Congressman Beto O'Rourke shared a video on Twitter:

In another viral video, children show the numbers written on their arms:

A representative of the advocacy group Casa del Migrante explained that the assignment of numbers are an attempt to create order for migrants. Staff and volunteers with Casa del Migrante offer migrants the option of writing down their number on a slip of paper or on their arm so they have their number.

"I think it works in our favor," she said.

The logic may be flawed though. If migrants are bathing, wouldn't they risk washing the number off of their skin? Or maybe this is a sign that a bigger problem is brewing and the children may be in unsanitary conditions.

As of late, conversations and awareness are being brought to the forefront with reference to the mistreatment of which migrant children are being subjected. The thought of even writing numbers on children, who have names is humiliating and degrading.

The children on the video are suspected to be Honduran refugees who reached the US-Mexican border as part of the mass migration caravan.

It's alleged that the numbers represent the children's place in line as they arrive at the border.

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Beverly03 Jan, 2019

Welcome to the concentration camps.

Beverly03 Jan, 2019

Welcome to the concentration camps.

Senator Holds Airlines Accountable When Servicing Customers With Disabilities

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) is working to stop wheelchairs from getting damaged during air travel.

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U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) is leading the charge for better airline management of customers' motorized wheelchairs. Duckworth has been confined to a wheelchair since her helicopter was shot down in Iraq and she lost both of her legs.

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Viral Video of Daycare Employee Mistreating a Black Child Spurs Investigation

A Black toddler was subjected to having her hair pulled and being pushed by the employee.

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In a video that has now gone viral on Instagram and Facebook, a woman is shown pushing and pulling the hair of a toddler at a daycare center.

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Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Makes C-SPAN History With Speech on Government Shutdown

"This shutdown is about the erosion of American democracy and the subversion of our most basic governmental norms," said Ocasio-Cortez.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-N.Y.) first speech on the floor of the House of Representatives broke a C-SPAN online viewing record for House speeches.

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"Our country is in a hellhole right now," she said. "All for a f‐‐‐ing wall."

Rapper Cardi B. told her 39 million Instagram followers on Wednesday night what she really thought about President Trump's partial government shutdown, his wall and about his absurd request to force people who aren't getting paid to go back to work.

She didn't mince words (she uses explicit language in the video).

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Five Cops Fired, Two Suspended After Man in Custody Died

"I can't breathe," Christopher Lowe said before he died. But officers still failed to call for help.

The Fort Worth Police Department has terminated five officers and suspended two for their involvement in the death of Christopher Lowe, 55, while he was in police custody last July.

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