Desperate people arrive at our border, seeking asylum, seeking refuge from oppression, poverty, violence, and death. This Administration is imprisoning them in camps, tearing children from parents and other family members, and denying them their legal right to asylum hearings.
The detention centers are overcrowded, unsanitary and unsafe, especially for children. Detained migrants are denied blankets, beds, soap, toothbrushes, as well as adequate food and water.
People, including children, are dying in ICE custody due to the conditions and medical neglect.
CLOSE THE CAMPS.
Meanwhile, people who’ve lived and worked here since childhood are hunted down in their homes, workplaces, courthouses, and even their children’s schools. They are taken from their families, exiled, or locked up indefinitely without bail or trial.
Prior to ICE’s formation in 2003, immigration enforcement was performed by INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) at a fraction of the cost and with a fraction of the deportations and detentions.
A 20,000 person paramilitary force, supported by an $8 billion annual budget, ICE is in charge of 200 detention centers which hold up to 40,000 people. 65% are owned by for-profit corporations with whom ICE has guaranteed minimums.
ICE is weaponized white supremacy – a brutal agency following orders to torture and terrorize people for no reason other than to score political points and distract people from real issues facing this country.
Join the groundswell of outraged Americans speaking out and taking action:
Call your representatives at 202-224-3121 and demand that they support The Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act (H.R.2415, S.1243) and the Families, Not Facilities Act of 2019 (H.R.2217, S.388), and call for the repeal of Section 1325 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to end the mass criminalization of migration.
Photo by Robert Croonquist.”