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New Flashpoint in Border Controversy: Term 'Cages'

Or are they 'security pens'?
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2018 1:39 PM CDT
This photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows a detention facility in McAllen, Texas, Sunday, June 17, 2018.   (U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP)
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(Newser) – When a reporter from the AP visited a facility in McAllen, Texas, where immigrant children are being held, he described the scene like this: "Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of immigrant children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside." Other stories have similarly used the term "cages," and that has emerged as another flashpoint in the controversy over the separation of children from their parents at the border. Details and related developments:

  • Fox News: Fox host Steve Doocy objects to the word "cages." On Monday, he said, “I’m from a farm community. To me, I see the chain-link fences, it’s more like a security pen to me," reports Mediaite. Doocy elaborated: “While some have likened it to—them to concentration camps or cages, you do see that they have those thermal blankets, you do see some fencing, but keep in mind—some have referred to them as 'cages,' but, keep in mind, this is a great, big warehouse facility where they built walls out of chain link fences.”

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