By Samera Hafiz
Last Tuesday I went on a tour of the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas. What I saw at Karnes has been haunting me ever since. My tour was conducted by a senior U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official at Karnes, who repeatedly referred to the women and children held there as “bodies,” as in “we recently processed two bodies into the facility.” Bodies? He was referring to women and children seeking protection in the U.S.!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2014
Olamide M. Noah, 310-701-8476
More than 125 women’s and human rights groups, including We Belong Together and the Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center, sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson today calling for the administration to stop detaining mothers and children fleeing Central American violence. A visit this week to a new Texas family detention center revealed that many of those in custody are survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes.
Fixing our broken immigration system is a crucial part of the struggle for women’s equality
Why did we both get arrested outside the U.S. Capitol last year demanding Congress pass comprehensive immigration reform? Why did Terry join more than 140 other activists outside the White House last week in an act of civil disobedience to demand that President Obama stop deporting workers, parents and children? Why did over 30 Floridian children whose parents have been deported hold a vigil in front of the White House on Monday afternoon to urge the President to stop separating families?
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September 11, 2014
Progressive Caucus Calls for Bold Action in Immigration Executive Order
Calls For Immediate Relief in Deportations to Help Keep Families Together
40 brave children who have lost a parent to deportation traveled from Miami Florida to Washington to DC with one goal. To tell President Obama to keep his promise and move forward with executive action to stop deportations and keep families together.
40 courageous children who had lost their parents to deportation traveled from Miami to Washington, DC to urge President Obama to reconsider his decision to delay executive action on administrative relief until after the election in November.
Read and watch the press coverage:
NBC Washington: Children Ask Obama to Stop Taking Kids' Parents