Updates

Secretary Johnson Announces Changes to Family Detention System: We Belong Together Maintains Only Real Solution is to End Family Detention Altogether

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2015

Contact: 

B. Loewe, 773.791.4668, bloewe@onpoint.pro

Washington, DC — In response to U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s announcement this morning about changes to DHS’s family detention program, We Belong Together co-chair Andrea Mercado issued the following:

We Belong Together, First Focus & Other Leading Advocates for Women & Children Denounce Homeland Security Practice of Locking Up Families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 9, 2015

Contact: 

Anna Duncan, 440-204-8284, anna@domesticworkers.org
Madeline Daniels, 202-657-0664, madelined@firstfocus.org

Washington, DC – We Belong Together, First Focus and 30 organizations that advocate for the well-being of women and children sent a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security this morning denouncing the practice of family detention and calling for the release of all families currently detained.

Joint Letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 30 Women's & Children's Advocacy Organizations Calling for End to Family Detention

We, the undersigned individuals and organizations advancing the rights of women and children in our country, write you with grave concern over the Department of Homeland Security’s immigrant detention policies and strenuously urge you to immediately end the harmful practice of detaining families.

Immigrant Women and Families Stand Strong in the Face of Delayed Justice and Appeals Court Denial of Emergency Stay

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26, 2015

Contact: 

B. Loewe, 773.791.4668, bloewe@onpoint.pro

Today the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rejected the Department of Justice’s request for an emergency stay in the anti-immigrant lawsuit, Texas v USA. The Department of Justice will continue litigating the politically-motivated anti-immigrant attacks on the President’s deferred action programs as the case continues on appeal.

Formerly Detained Moms Call for End to Immigrant Detention

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2015

Contact: 

B. Loewe, 773.791.4668, bloewe@onpoint.pro
Anna Duncan, anna@webelongtogether.org

With multiple Congressional leaders decrying the Obama Administration’s policy of jailing families and the New York Times calling into question the practice of immigration detention altogether, formerly detained moms are pressing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release the hundreds of families detained in facilities in Karnes CIty, TX; Berks, PA; and Dilley, TX and end the inhumane practice of jailing immigrants awaiting their court dates, starting with the mothers and children in family detention.

#Fight4DAPA with us on social media today!

The new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) should have gone into effect today, May 19, granting temporary work permits to millions of immigrant parents and protecting them from deportation. Mothers like Maria Esther Diaz should have been applying for relief today and preparing to live with their families without fear.

But a politically motivated lawsuit brought by conservative governors has Maria Esther and millions of other parents in limbo and still fighting to stay with their families.

Immigrant Women Join #Fight4DAPA, Demand End to Anti-Immigrant Lawsuit on Day Millions of Parents Hoped Would Finally Bring Relief

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 2015

Contact: 

Contact: B. Loewe, 773.791.4668, bloewe@onpoint.pro

Washington, DC – We Belong Together and immigrant women join together with faith, labor, and immigrant rights groups for a National Day of Action on May 19th, the day the new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program (DAPA) was originally scheduled to go into effect.

This Mothers’ Day, Let’s Reconsider Family Detention

As we honor our mothers across the United States, I want to recognize the hundreds of mothers who won’t be receiving flowers or cards, despite tremendous personal sacrifices to provide the best possible life for their children. I’m speaking of the mothers who are ensnared in our broken immigration system, being held in family detention centers that are nothing less than prisons for themselves and their children.

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