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What I Did This Weekend
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I was one of the ones in the yellow t-shirts, standing on the side of love. The demonstration was incredibly hot and exhausting and long, and the most meaningful experience of the entire weekend.

It was peaceful, respectful, but unyielding in opposition to the tent city. The nearby animal shelter has air conditioned buildings for its inhabitants, but these people had only military-style tents with dirt floors. Sheriff Arpaio points out that the military uses similar tents. So what.

Remember that it is only a misdemeanor, not a felony, to enter the country without documentation. For that transgression, they are put in jail clothing, held indefinitely in tents, unable to communicate with family or with a lawyer. The tent city is in violation of the Geneva convention.

They have not been brought before a judge and convicted of a crime. And no one should have to live in conditions like that, in 113 degree Arizona desert heat. If it were animals confined like that, there would be a national uproar.

The ICE hold is a request, not an arrest warrant, and the sheriff does not have to honor it. But if he is required to do so, then he should treat the detainees as people, not as prisoners and hold them in conditions that are at least as comfortable as those the nearby animals have.

These are human beings, after all, regardless of their nationality. I would say to Sheriff Arpaio, Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

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