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Tell ICE: Stop the Deportation of Children and Their Families
BREAKING: Twenty-eight children and their families who have been held in indefinite detention are facing imminent deportation any day now. Many have been detained for nearly a year-and-a-half. None of these families has been allowed to request asylum in accordance with US and international law, and they would be sent back to danger if they are returned to the countries of origin.
We must stop these deportations and ensure these families their right to seek asylum. ICE has the power and obligation to stop this injustice, and not send families back to the very situations they fled from.
Act Now: Demand ICE not deport families back to danger.
After seeking safety in the U.S. from violence and persecution, these families were locked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas, and the Berks County Family Residential Center in Pennsylvania.
Instead of being able to pursue their right to asylum, these 28 children, together with their families, have spent the entire COVID-19 pandemic detained by ICE and now face deportation. Some of the children are as young as 2- and 3-years old. Two teenage girls who have been detained for 13 and 14 months in Dilley speak a searing truth: “We ask for the chance to have our right to seek asylum honored and the opportunity to be safe with our mothers.”
Demand ICE free the families instead of deporting and detaining them.
These 23 families are among the dozens of families detained at Dilley, Berks, and the Karnes County Residential Center in Texas simply for seeking safety here. After confirmed cases of COVID-19 in these detention centers, a federal judge called these facilities “on fire,” with inadequate protective measures. Yet, these dozens of families continue to be needlessly detained. Families trapped in detention feel they are sitting ducks for COVID-19.
ICE must do the right thing: stop playing with families’ lives. Don’t deport families, and release all families together as they pursue their right to seek asylum in safety.
Families should not be deported, and all families must be immediately released. They must be allowed their right to ask for asylum. They have communities waiting to welcome them, and there is no reason — especially during a pandemic — not to release parents with their children.
Demand ICE: do not deport them back to danger. Free all families together.