Migrant mothers held at a privately-run detention centre in southern Texas have begun further peaceful protests, reportedly refusing some meals and demanding their immediate release from incarceration.
Advocates and a detained mother speaking to the Guardian from Karnes confirmed the action was taking place, although it is unclear how many detainees are taking part. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have declined to make specific comment on the protest at the centre, which is operated by the private security company Geo Group.
Last week 78 immigrant mothers took part in a hunger strike and work stoppage to call attention to theinhumane treatment that families are receiving in Karnes Immigrant Detention Facility. Today, 10 women are resuming the strike, refusing all services for another week and calling for their release.
The women detained at the Karnes County Residential Center in Texas don’t know exactly where they are: they’re isolated, unsure of their legal fate–whether they’ll be allowed to remain in the US on humanitarian reprieve–and walled off from the outside world in a remote patch of Texas, which is known primarily as a place where migrants go to disappear. Amid all the unknowns about this place, the women do know two things: they belong with their children, and they do not belong there.
This week 80 mothers detained with their children in Karnes County, Texas, began a Holy Week hunger and work strike to demand their immediate release. In a letter smuggled out of the facility they write:
“[D]uring this [time], no mother will work in the detention center, nor will we send our children to school, not will we use any services here, until we are heard and approved: we want our FREEDOM.”
Hoy domingo es el Día Internacional de la Mujer y las mujeres en la ciudad de Nueva York y en el resto del país estamos celebrándolo con una petición hacia nuestros respectivos gobernadores para que trabajen a favor de nosotras. ¿Cómo? Le pedimos a nuestro Gobernador Andrew Cuomo que exija a sus homólogos en otros estados que abandonen la demanda legal en contra de los programas de Acción Diferida para Padres (DAPA).
The opening of a new family immigration detention center has drawn criticism from advocates who argue it is inappropriate to detain women and their children who pose no threat to national security.
The 50-acre facility, located about 80 miles from the southern border in a small Texas town called Dilley, will soon become the country’s largest family immigration detention center. It will first hold up to 480 people but will expand to a maximum capacity of 2,400 once construction nearby is finished in May.
Con dibujos y más de 4 mil cartas, miles de niños pidieron a los líderes republicanos del Congreso una reforma migratoria integral que complete las acciones ejecutivas del presidente, Barack Obama, al que dirigieron palabras de cariño y agradecimiento.
La organización "We Belong Together" ("Estamos hechos para estar juntos") se ha encargado de recoger 4 mil cartas de niños y niñas de diferentes partes de Estados Unidos, y de hacer llegar a la Casa Blanca y al Congreso 400 de esas misivas.
With drawings and more than 4,000 letters, thousands of children on Tuesday asked Republican congressional leaders for comprehensive immigration reform to complement the recent executive action by President Barack Obama, to whom they directed words of affection and thanks.
The "We Belong Together" organization collected 4,000 letters from boys and girls around the country and ensured that 400 of the missives were delivered to the White House and Congress.