WATCH: He Lives Outside Refugee Holding Pen — To Bear Witness
Joshua Rubin, a software developer from Brooklyn, has been bearing witness to the child refugee concentration camp in Tornillo, Tex., since mid-October.
He sits outside its locked front gate, watching trucks carrying toilets, construction materials and children go in and out. He believes, based on estimates given to him secretly by the camp’s staff, that there are 2500 children inside.
He says he’s doing it because he got sick of watching the news unfold on his TV at home. The distance is taking a toll on him and his family in New York, but he hopes to stay until at least Christmas. He thinks that enough national attention and pressure could shut the camp — run off generators and operated as an emergency field camp — down for good.
“The fact that there are children involved here is kind of a window into people’s hearts,” he told the Forward. “I was hoping I could show people that immigrants are just children who need help.”
Joshua Rubin, Brooklyn, NY, explains how he ended up sitting outside a kid’s’ concentration camp in the TX desert for the last month+ #WitnessTornillo #ChristmasInTornillo #OurKids #ShutItDown #JesusWasAnImmigrant #GoFundMeWitnessTornillo pic.twitter.com/AmIpyFjzIM
— Witness: Tornillo (@TornilloWitness) November 23, 2018
You can read more about Rubin’s story here.
Ari Feldman is a staff writer at the Forward. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @aefeldman