Footage of immigrant children crossing the United States-Mexico border has triggered criticism from the online community as it draws comparisons to another horrific event in history.
First reported by NBC News journalist Cal Perry, the shocking footage shows young children crossing the border near Juarez, Mexico, with numbers written in black marker on their arms.
— Cal Perry (@CalNBC) December 15, 2018
Some immediately couldn't help but compare the numbers on the children's wrists to that of Holocaust victims reporting to Nazi concentration camps in the early 1940s.
— handsome squidward (@brandon_mork) December 15, 2018
There's a lot behind writing numbers on people and none of it good including this!
— JettaP (@JettaHail) December 16, 2018
According to Turkish publication Yeni Şafak, MSNBC first aired the video following the tragic death of 7-year-old Javelin Caal Maquin, a Guatemalan native who died in U.S. Customs and Border Protection's custody after attempting to cross the U.S. border earlier this month. Maquin started to vomit as she and her father, 29-year-old Nery Gilberto Caal Cuz, began their transfer from one detention site to another.
This is not the first time in which decisions made by President Trump's administration has sparked comparisons to Nazi-era methods. An October report by The Guardian revealed a migrant camp in Tornillo, Texas, meant to house only 400 migrant children has now grown to a capacity of 2,400. Since opening in August, the camp is expected to remain open for the remainder of the year, The Guardian notes.
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