The government and media call them “immigrant detention centers.” They are meant to be temporary holding facilities—up to 72 hours—for migrants and asylum-seekers crossing the southern US border. But the average length of stay has become much longer and the facilities have become overcrowded and unsanitary. In a word, the conditions are inhumane.
Denisse Moreno Melchor, 20, and Mariel Alexandra Bustamante, 22, along with other students, peacefully protested the presence of Border Patrol at their university, a place they go to learn. As pedagogical research has shown (e.g. Smith 2011), learning can only take place when students are safe, and moreover, feel safe.