A video of migrant children marked with numbers on their arms has sparked outrage, days after a seven-year-old immigrant girl from Guatemala died of dehydration. Shared by NBC journalist Cal Perry, the viral clip shows three kids stamped with numbers on their wrists as they wait to cross the US-Mexico border.
“Children, with numbers on their arms & their lives on the line wait to cross into the US from Juarez, Mexico,” tweeted Perry. The video footage has again brought the attention to the people being detained at the U.S. border and migration policies of the US administration.
— Cal Perry (@CalNBC) December 15, 2018
The viral clip, which has over 3 million views, reminded many of similar practices adopted by Nazi Germany at concentration camps. “Writing numbers in people? Really? Is this the best we can do? It’s like the past never happened. I’m not saying they had anything nefarious in mind. But, isn’t this how it starts?” tweeted Twitter user Kevin Samuelson expressing his concerns.
My 80-year-old mother saw this video tonight and burst into tears. This situation is a human rights atrocity. This needs to end.
— Mandala_resist (@mandala_resist) December 15, 2018
This is so upsetting to see. 💔 My Lord.
— Deborah Johnson 🌊 (@SuchALadaay) December 15, 2018
We have seen this before in history
— musdoc (@musdoc) December 15, 2018
We’ve been here before. pic.twitter.com/Yj9GRQle2E
— Cathy Oden (@cathryneoden) December 15, 2018
This CAN NOT be real. Omg. Please tell me it’s not true.
— maryjane ☘️ (@ljhickey24) December 15, 2018
Not sure who’s idea this was but, maybe you should have thought this one through.
— Joe (@venezuela_joe) December 15, 2018
Is the clock ticking backward,
History repeating itself ?
Different place, Different people
Same treatment pic.twitter.com/91iauKeLaX
— ZEUS (@xouss) December 16, 2018
Just the thought of numbers on arms gives me shivers.
— Lois Carl (@teachrlois) December 15, 2018