Vic Mensa recently released a controversial video last week for his single “Camp America” with his new band 93PUNX. The politically driven video for the new single is taking shots at the ICE detention centers around the United States by showing what children are actually enduring. The visual was inspired by ICE director Matthew Albence’s controversial quote where he stated the detention centers to be “summer camp.”
For those not familiar with ICE it’s the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, a department under homeland security created in 2003 as a part of the government’s reorganization after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Also referred to as ICE Agents, they’re main objective is enforcing customs and immigration laws, by protecting federal facilities and commercial airlines. Apprehending, processing, detaining and deporting illegal or criminal aliens.
Many immigrant children have allegedly died due to the harsh conditions in these ICE detention centers which is a basic human rights violation. According to Vic Mensa in an interview on MSNBC with Ari Melber, it has been reported by families that the children have been tortured with plastic bags over their head, forced to drink toilet water, and some have been sexually assaulted. In the single which is an alternate reality of the situation Vic uses white children instead of minorities of color to show the injustices that young people face while locked away. According to Vic the intent of it was to shed light on the racism in these ICE detention centers as this would never happen to “America’s prized white children” in this country or anywhere on this earth.
As immigration continues to be an ongoing issue in America and further ignited due to Trump’s Presidency we appreciate an artist like Vic Mensa who continues to use his platform to bring awareness to the subject. Make sure to check out his full interview on MSNBC with Ari Melber.