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.

The boys are taken away from their parent or parents when they are captured after crossing the border into the United States. The boys are concentrated in these Walmart camps for up to seven months. There are probably similar camps for girls who are taken from their parent or parents.

Could the plight of these young people be the harbinger of things to come for others who the executive branch consider to be a security risk to the government?

In light of this administration recent declaration that Canada, Britain, France and Germany pose a security risk to the U S, it can not be taken for granted that any American citizen is safe from being declared a security risk by the executive branch and herded into a heretofore Walmart Supercenter for long-term lodging.

If we fail to speak up for the Latinos, who will speak up when the government comes for us?



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