Since August 2014, the Obama Administration began to detain and incarcerate women and their children at the border. The families were sent to immigration prisons in Texas and many have remained there without bond or with bonds of up to $10,000. Family detention prisons were practically non-existent in the U.S. until last summer, and now there are two new prisons for families with the capacity to hold 2,900 individuals.
Three weeks ago a federal judge ruled that the Obama administration could no longer detain women and children as a tactic to detour migration from Central America. The ruling came about after the ACLU and the University of Texas Immigration Clinic filed a lawsuit. Despite the ruling, many families continue to languish in immigration prison, including small children, despite the fact that many have also passed their credible fear interviews. Thus, the urgency to bring justice to these families now!
Your participation in an upcoming solidarity action in NYC is critical to help release hundreds of refugee families from Central America and other countries that are in U.S. immigration prisons.
We ask that you support and co-sponsor our Press Release and Action on Tuesday March 24, 2015 at noon outside the immigration building on 26 Federal Plaza NY, NY 10278. We are joining together to demand:
1)RELEASE FAMILIES FROM DETENTION ON THEIR OWN RECOGNIZANCE
2)END FAMILY DETENTION PRISONS and their EXPANSION
3)WE CONDEMN THE USE OF HIGH BONDS AS A TACTIC OF DEPRIVING FAMILIES OF THEIR FREEDOM
Contact Cindy Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.