In the midst of the heated rhetoric about immigration, vulnerable women and children from Central America who are fleeing violence and seeking protection continue to be locked up by the Department of Homeland Security.
Community members are leading a national campaign dropping off baby items to their local Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices as symbolic reminders that our government continues to detain increasing numbers of infants in prison-like facilities.
Our work here at Puentes compels us to honor the human dignity of all persons. Family detention violates basic human rights, it is inhumane, and dishonors our proud legacy as a nation of immigrants. No child should ever spend a single day in detention. Families fleeing terror and persecution in their home countries should be protected together, not detained together.
We urge DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson to end family detention and private detention of immigrants as a whole, and implement community-based alternatives. We hope Sens. Murray and Cantwell and Rep. McDermott will also join us in this call and encourage our community to come together to end detention of immigrants in private facilities.
What You Can Do
Attend our ironic 'Baby Shower' at the Seattle ICE Office in Downtown Seattle (2nd and Spring St.) this Wednesday, September 14th at 3 PM. Along with our friends at Colectiva Legal del Pueblo, we will be asking for an end to family detention. RSVP to our Facebook Event here!
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Send an email to Northwest Detention Center here in Washington denouncing family detention: http://engage.uusc.org/uusc/app/onestep-write-a-letter?0&engagementId=235733
To write your own letter to the editor to local newspapers, click here: http://www.capwiz.com/fconl/mailapp/