Human Detention Centers Coming to a Walmart Near You

H. Michael Harvey, JD
2 min readJun 14, 2018
Photo by Nitish Meena on Unsplash

Back in 2006 there was a theory floating around the internet that Walmart Stores would become the concentration camps of the new millenium. Critics quickly dismissed this prediction as a conspiracy theory gone wild.

Yet advocates of this postulation pointed out the fact there were no windows in Walmart stores was proof positive the government was up to something nefarious in the sudden proliferation of Walmart stores in minority communities throughout the country.

At the beginning of January 2016, Walmart announced it was closing 154 stores in the U S and Puerto Rico, according to the January 15, 2016 edition of the Wall Street Journal.

Two years later, Forbes reported in its January 11, edition, “the sudden closing of 63 Sam’s Club” stores. Walmart owns Sam Clubs.

Today, ABC News reported a closed Walmart store now serves as a detention center for immigrants who crossed the U S southern border in Texas seeking asylum from persecution in their home country.

ABC reported that since January 2018 over 700 Latino boys have been concentrated in a Walmart camp in Brownsville, Texas. The boys spend 23 hours closed up in the windowless building. They are allowed out in what used to be the Walmart parking lot for two hours a day.



H. Michael Harvey, JD

Harvey is Living Now Book Awards 2020 Bronze Medalist for his memoir Freaknik Lawyer: A Memoir on the Craft of Resistance. Available at