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Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

  • 1.  Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 26 days ago
    Dear AIA Board, members of the College of Fellows

    I’m not sure if you have read this article or similar coverage of the humanitarian crisis at our country’s southern boarders. Please read the article below. It highlights not only failings of unjust policies and procedures by our government - but the most alarming aspect is the failings of the architecture that perpetuates unsafe and unsanitary conditions at these refugee detention camps where unregulated numbers of young children are being separated from adult family members and provided subhuman housing and lack of basic health, safety and welfare (windowless warehouses and sleeping on concrete floors). The article describes the facilities in detail as not being intended for children, or for the numbers currently detained for long periods of time.

    https://www.newyorker.com/news/q-and-a/inside-a-texas-building-where-the-government-is-holding-immigrant-children

    I ask that we as architect professionals responsible for the public’s health, safety and welfare not look away or remain complicit. Suggestions for consideration -

    1. Issue a Position statement that unequivocally denounces injustices and misuse of building types that are not meant for human habitations.

    2. Call for building inspections to have these facilities shut down

    3. Write/Call our U.S Senators and Representatives to enact legislation have these facilities shut down, cited for violations, revoke permits.

    4. Open to further ideas for taking action as members of the Institute (there is much more we can do as citizens.)

    With greatest respect and gratitude for your service,

    Rosa T. Sheng, FAIA
    Principal, Director of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion
    SmithGroup


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  • 2.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 25 days ago
    We could also work to elect legislators that recognize that securing the boarder discourages the kind of problem we now see.  And it is sad that congress will not act to mitigate these conditions.

    Actually, it looks like Mexico is finally getting to the heart of the problem before most of our elected professional politicians.

    This is not the time for US political strategists to carry sway.

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    Douglas Engebretson FAIA
    President
    DKE Design
    Siesta Key FL
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  • 3.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 24 days ago
    I'm happy to sign any letter...
    Doug Kelbaugh 





  • 4.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 25 days ago

    Thank you Rosa.  I am willing to sign a letter from our group.  I'm glad you put this in perspective of health welfare and safety.  This is situation is untenable.  After reading this article, I contacted my congressman.  I'm not sure how we can live in a society that allows this to go on.  Lois Vitt Sale, FAIA

    Lois Vitt Sale, FAIA, LEED Fellow
    Senior Vice President
    Wight & Company
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  • 5.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 25 days ago
    5)  On November 3, 2020, vote against those elected officials who implement and encourage such policies.

    As far as a real candidate, use the advice from Jeff Jacoby's recent "Arguable" column regarding presidential qualifications: 
    "In 2020, I'll be looking for a candidate not so much with the right resume as the right values: a sense of honor, a measure of wisdom, an open mind, a stable temperament, a sound ideological compass, and a commitment to American strength and goodness. I want to vote for a thoughtful candidate of good character. The political climate in this country isn't encouraging. But I haven't yet given up hope."

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    Edmond Gauvreau, FAIA
    Washington, DC
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  • 6.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 25 days ago
    I enthusiastically, though not with any joy, support this effort.
    Mike Mense FAIA

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  • 7.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 25 days ago
    From the architectural perspective, I would have grave reservations about using building codes as a tool to close the facilities and likely deny these children the shelter they now have when they already suffer from lack of supplies, medical care, parental protections and a variety of other non-architectural needs. As an organization of more than 90,000, I would suggest that the AIA could perhaps provide greatest relief by organizing to provide some of the supplies that seem to be so desperately needed, much as we might after a natural disaster where people find themselves in similar difficulties.

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    Norman Alston, FAIA
    Principal
    Norman Alston Architects
    Dallas, Texas
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  • 8.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 25 days ago
    Norm,
    The problem is that CBP and ICE are refusing all donations of supplies, even though they may need them.  One reason is federal policy - agencies cannot accept donations of supplies that are supposed to be provided by appropriated funds, unless there is specific exceptions written into law.  Another is the sheer callousness of these agencies that has festered over many years - amplified by the lack of cohesive immigration policy from Congress and the White House for over 30 years.

    FWIW, my daughter who studied in Canada for 6 years was harassed by a couple of CBP guards upon entering back into the USA, questioning her reasons for going to school abroad and even her citizenship (and she is a blue-eyed, dirty blonde, pale-skinned young lady).

    Again, best way is to elect a President who will make immigration reform paramount, and also pick leadership for both ICE and CBP that will not tolerate such behavior and will clean house (though that will take quite some time).

    My opinion - disband the entire Department of Homeland Security and send the agencies back to their original agencies.  In almost 20 years, they still have not gained synchronization of efforts across the 22 separate agencies that are part of DHS.

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    Edmond Gauvreau, FAIA
    Washington, DC
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  • 9.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 24 days ago
    News reports today noted people showing up spontaneously at these detention centers with supplies for the children. They are being turned away by authorities of the various Agencies running the centers. Those authorities refuse to accept the supplies, stating flatly that they have access to plenty of supplies. It is clear the policies governing the authorities' actions are the issue not a lack of supplies. 

    Its about leadership and values. We have an election coming in November 2020. Study the candidates carefully and be informed before casting your ballot. I suggest focusing on those that exhibit leadership and values that reinforce those that people around the globe look to the United States to provide.

    RK Stewart FAIA
    2007 AIA President
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  • 10.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 25 days ago
    I completely agree.
    This should come from National AIA. How do we make that happen?
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  • 11.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 23 days ago
    Dear Colleagues in the USA :

    An american friend living here in Colombia who is, lamentably, an intractable Trump fan, said to me recently that the horrible images I had seen in international TV on the theme of the buildings in Texas where the children separated from their parents are kept in detention  are not only fake news but also  democratic propaganda against the US Government. Also, i was astounded when I read about  architect Gauvreau's daughter harassment by customs agents on flimsy and false suspicions. Both these things sound as  coming from  Nazi Germany in the nineteen thirties, back in the XXth century and are mighty difficult to accept and assimilate.

    I know only too well that as a Colombian citizen I can't take active part in american politics but also that I have total freedom to think and write what I please about late happenings in your country. A geographic irony: It was in Texas (Dallas, 1978) that I received my honorary fellowship in the AIA . Times do change, certainly. I still remember walking aound in Houston, Texas in 1965 looking for some place where I could have lunch and facing, time and again, big notices in their windows or entrances : Admittance reserved or No service to foreigners, and so on. Then again, in later decades I found and photographed the  beautiful, friendly face of America in my time in New England and also came to know its  ugly,  xenophobic, deeply racist mask in  other places and regions of this country, so I know what I am talking about.

    Sincerely,

    German Tellez. Hon.FAIA

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    German Tellez Hon. FAIA
    Bogota D.C.
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  • 12.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 24 days ago
    Rosa,

    I also applaud your stance and call for action. I am currently writing an article for CommonEdge.org on the topic. With your permission, I would like to quote some of your post. Please let me know if that will be okay.

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    Richard Buday FAIA
    Archimage, Inc.
    Houston TX
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  • 13.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 24 days ago
    Rosa,

    Count me in!

    Michael

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    Michael Holtz FAIA
    Boulder CO
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  • 14.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 23 days ago
    I will also sign
    Michael Stepner FAIA FAICP

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  • 15.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 23 days ago
    I am happy to sign-on and assist in our collective response in opposition to these inhuman and immoral policies. 

    Gregory Blackburn, FAIA

    Architect

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  • 16.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 23 days ago
    Dear Architect Richard Buday.

    I am glad to authorize any quote you may wish to make from my post. It is a honor for me to write something for the AIA.

    Sincerely,

    Germán Téllez
    Hon. FAIA

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    German Tellez Hon. FAIA
    Bogota D.C.
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  • 17.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 23 days ago
    I am happy to sign-on and assist in our collective response in opposition to these inhuman and immoral policies. 


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    Gregory Blackburn FAIA
    Design Studio Leader | Higher Education
    Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED)
    Oakland CA
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  • 18.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 23 days ago
    Richard,
    Feel free to quote me on this or any matter we discuss.
    Good luck with the article.
    Doug




  • 19.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 22 days ago

    I agree and happy to sign-on and assist in our collective response in opposition to these inhuman and immoral policies. 

     

     

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  • 20.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 23 days ago
    I will be willing to sign any letter.  This is the kind of issue where architects should be involved.
    Best
    Jan Wampler  
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  • 21.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 22 days ago

    Dear College.

     

    I am an Hon FAIA from the UK, and feeling sick to my boots having read this article.  I can only describe what I read as a concentration camp, and the separation as a major humanitarian disgrace. Rosa and fellows: would you like me to get some support from the RIBA for this cause?

     

    Jane

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  • 22.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 23 days ago
    Please also count me in.
    This policy is an abuse and ignores basic human rights.
    Families and especially children will long suffer from this.
    The US will no longer be able to use its power to influence other nations based on human rights.
    We are already looked at as hypocrites and it will be much harder to negotiate for even our benefit.
    This is a stupid and a cruel policy.

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    Franziska Amacher FAIA
    Principle, NCAARB, LEED AP
    Amacher and Associates
    Cambridge MA
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  • 23.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 21 days ago
    I too will sign a letter protesting this inhumane treatment of fellow humans. 
    Hubert Murray FAIA

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  • 24.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 21 days ago
    Please count me in as well!

    Sent from my iPhone

    Tom Bates, FAIA
    Principal Emeritus
    BLRB Architects




  • 25.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 19 days ago
    Please add my name to the letter.

    Thank you.

    Julia W. Robinson, FAIA

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    Julia Robinson FAIA
    Minneapolis MN
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  • 26.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 17 days ago
    Please add my name to the list.

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    Louis Garapolo FAIA
    Garapolo & Associates
    Oak Park IL
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  • 27.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 19 days ago
    Rosa,

    I will support and sign whatever is needed for this cause!

    Annie

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    Annie Chu FAIA, NCARB, IIDA
    Principal, Chu+Gooding Architects
    Chu + Gooding Architects
    Los Angeles CA
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  • 28.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 17 days ago
    Please add my name to this letter and cause. If only there was stronger action we could take. But silence is unacceptable.

    Charles F. Merz, FAIA
    MERZ& Associates
    Detroit, Michigan

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  • 29.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 19 days ago
    Thank you for raising this issue, Rosa.

    As a former refugee myself, I condemn policies that treat people who are simply trying to escape from war, violence or other terrible circumstances to seek safety and protection like criminals or worse. The US did not treat me this way when my family and I arrived here over 40 years ago. This kind of policies betrays the ideals of America and we must all oppose such inhumane treatment of fellow human beings.

    Thang Do, FAIA
    CEO, Aedis Architects
    San Jose, California


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    Thang Do FAIA
    AEDIS Architects
    San Jose CA
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  • 30.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 18 days ago
    Please add my name and thanks for doing this.

    Henry

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    Henry Siegel FAIA
    Siegel & Strain Architects
    Emeryville CA
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  • 31.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 17 days ago
    Please add my name to the group

    Jane Duncan PPRIBA HonAIA

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  • 32.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 18 days ago
    Please also add my name to the letter. I am disgusted by what's going on.

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    Dawn Zuber FAIA
    Owner
    Studio Z Architecture
    Plymouth MI
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  • 33.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 17 days ago
    Edited by Rosa Sheng 17 days ago
    Thanks to all that have replied thus far. The weight of issues since I originally sent this email has increased since last week.

    15 Congressional members have visited 2 sites and corroborated conditions that are inhumane, undignified and unsafe for women, families and children. While our government is starting to take action, many of the detention centers are private, for profit companies who are detaining migrants/asylum seekers in these conditions. While some may view that we should not be involved in this conversation - our AIA Code of Ethics asks us to uphold human rights in our professional endeavors.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/02/us/politics/border-center-migrant-detention.html

    This issue goes beyond party or political affiliation - this is about humanity and our core values to uphold health, safety and welfare. People are dying.

    I haven't heard back from the AIA National Board yet, I know that people are travelling on summer conferences and PTO. I am hoping to be in conversation with President Bill Bates and ED Robert Ivy very soon.

    I intend to work on a draft statement tomorrow on Independence Day (there is a significance to that) that I will circulate w/ those that have shared an expressed interested to support. If you feel strongly to contribute in the statement itself, please let me know and I will share the google document of the draft statement for your collaboration and input.

    I am inspired by the support of the Fellows who have responded. While we may be diverse in our beliefs in this profession, I am hopeful in the empathy, compassion and humanity that brings us together in times of duress, complexity and uncertainty.

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    Rosa Sheng FAIA
    AIASF Past President 2018, Founder Equity by Design
    Principal, SmithGroup
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  • 34.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 4 days ago
    Please add my name to the list as well.

    Thank you Rosa for your leadership and vision.

    Karen

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  • 35.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 3 days ago

    Rosa and Fellows-  Please include my name on the list of architects will to stand up for the health, welfare, and safety of immigrant children of refugees seeking asylum at our Southern Border.  With appreciation, Bob Hastings

     

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  • 36.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 2 days ago

    Please add my name to the list

     

    Josiah Stevenson, FAIA LEED

    Principal  

    Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects

    Recipient of the American Institute of Architects Firm Award

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    and my partners:

     

    Andrea Leers FAIA

    Jane H Weinzapfel FAIA






  • 37.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 2 days ago
    Rosa and colleagues: add my name to the list of outraged citizens who care about human beings who are being treated as cattle on a ranch. Chester A. Widom FAIA
    1995 AIA President
    2011 Kemper Award
    2012 COF Chancellor


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  • 38.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 3 days ago
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    Please do not allow the AIA to get involved in a divisive issue where most of the information being disseminated is larger untrue,  politicized  and/or agenda driven.   The attached photo is real.  It shows horse-back mounted law enforcement officers arresting 4 of 6 illegal immigrants after tracking them with dogs.   I can confirm this is real because it happened on my ranch.   My property  is 190 miles to the Texas-Mexico border.   These suspects were later identified as known gang members from El Salvador.   Do not let the AIA tarnish its reputation and divide its members by taking sides in non-productive discussion on the border crisis.   The crisis is real.   Criminals are using the U.S. justice system to push people.  All the  while they are smuggling drugs at other locations since law enforcement is being overwhelmed at the border.    The lack of control on our southern border t is jeopardizing many lives.   Potentially it is jeopardizing the lives of my family.  If you have not actually come seen the reality for yourself,  I would suggest that you reserve judgement about the information being shared on the national news.   If the AIA becomes a pawn of one party or another,  it will not help the profession.   It will not help the immigrants.  It will not facilitate solutions to real problems.   If the AIA is to become involved,   I would suggest that it be part of a real solution,  not just another crowd of outraged folks with opinions. 

     

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  • 39.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 3 days ago
    I think it's fair to say that we are all for apprehending criminals and interdicting drugs at the border.
    However, to detain families - including separating young children - is a crude policy and cruel practice. Furthermore, if it's a calculated strategy to discourage immigrants, the uglier the conditions tend to be.

    It's worth pointing out that other relatively well developed countries - like Sweden, Germany, Turkey and Italy - have higher per capita immigration rates. And the current number of apprehensions on the Mexican border is lower than earlier this century. Last, we've long let in poor, uneducated immigrants from other countries  - such as Eastern Europe , Sicily, Greece, etc.

    Doug Kelbaugh FAIA






  • 40.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 2 days ago

    "Give me your tired, your poor,
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    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"


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  • 41.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 3 days ago
    All,

    Just a quick comment to Bill Wilson's statement. The issue is not, I repeat not, about the US immigration policy -  which is need of significant reform - it is about humane treatment of human beings! Period, stop!

    How we treat our fellow human beings say everything about who we are as Americans! Period stop!

    Peace

    Michael J. Holtz, FAIA





  • 42.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 3 days ago
    Any real solutions by definition will involve immigration policy. As far as I know, virtually every U.S. citizen that gets arrested for any illegal act is separated from their children. That is nothing new. Where is the collective outrage over that? I do not believe the AIA should engage in more contentious debate and offer no real solutions. Any individual can voice their personal opinion on any of these matters. I just think it is inappropriate to use our professional organization as an outlet for one’s personal political belief or outrage. That is not the purpose or the mission of the Institute. It is my personal belief that it is immoral to fail to secure our borders and put our citizens and the families at risk. I would not ever consider using the credibility or the name of the Institute to push my belief to the public......to do so is unequivocally a political act. Bill

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  • 43.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 2 days ago
    In the end, all opinions and positions are political to some extent. It’s unavoidable in a world of scarce resources and 7.5 B people.

    Doug




  • 44.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 2 days ago
    Edited by Richard Buday 2 days ago
    The AIA or College of Fellows not objecting to the inhumane treatment of souls trying to save themselves and their families would be an abrogation of America's founding principles, and our profession's social contract with the public. As Rosa Sheng noted, architects' legal, moral, and ethical duties are to protect everyone's health, welfare, and safety, be they passport holders or not.

    Yet beyond registering our disgust and dismay, proposals to alleviate the built environment's impact on immigrants would be valuable. An estimated 17 to 20 million Latin American climate refugees will be entering the US over the next thirty years. Plans are needed on how to absorb them (and those currently in concentration camps) into the urban and suburban fabric.

    Of course, the number of refugees could be higher and migrant inflows faster than predicted. Ultimately, no border wall and no border army will stop this kind of evacuation of uninhabitable lands, nor should they. Global warming is a product of the Global North's industrialization, which means that we in the US are significantly responsible for what drives this mass migration, which makes the US accountable to the affected.

    So, as architects, we should get our heads down and pencils drawing solutions to the housing and other infrastructural issues these new waves of soon-to-be Americans raise. Less important is time spent fearing the outsiders. There is no end of data showing most serious and violent crimes are committed by American-born citizens, not immigrants, and that the undocumented contribute more to the US economy than they cost in social services.

    Note: I am not for open borders, but I do support responsible borders. This is a case of ready or not--like it or not--here they come. It's time for architects to get to work on the challenge.

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    Richard Buday FAIA
    Archimage, Inc.
    Houston TX
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  • 45.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 2 days ago
    I think the world currently has about 50M climate refugees, and it’s projected to go up to 250M in the next 50(?) years.
    So yes, we need to ramp up our capacity to absorb them. And yes, as wealthy industrialist consumers, we Americans are especially obligated to accept displaced people.
    Doug Kelbaugh




  • 46.  RE: Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children | The New Yorker

    Posted 2 days ago