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Shut Homestead Down Immediately!



Held away from their families for weeks and months at a time, unaccompanied children were held in prolonged and indefinite detention at the Homestead “temporary emergency” facility in Florida. Between March 2018 and August 2019, over 14,300 children were held at Homestead.

In late October, it was reported that the U.S. government is not renewing its contract with Comprehensive Health Services (CHS), the for-profit company operating at Homestead. However, the U.S. government wants to keep the facility on “warm status” in 2020 to be able to detain kids there again.

Homestead should not be kept in reserve.

Amnesty International USA is continuing to call on the U.S. government to close the Homestead facility permanently, to stop the protracted use of temporary influx facilities such as Homestead, and to stop the detention of children on account of their immigration status. It is never in the best interests of the child to be detained. And if they are ever detained in exceptional circumstances, it must be for the shortest period of time in the least restrictive setting. Homestead is none of that, and no home for children.

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