Hutto to stop detaining families, no new family detention centers!!!

August 3, 2009

We are celebrating these lines in this morning's New York Times:

"[T]he government will stop sending families to the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, a former state prison near Austin, Tex., that drew an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit and scathing news coverage for putting young children behind razor wire. .

The decision to stop sending families there - and to set aside plans for three new family detention centers - is the Obama administration's clearest departure from its predecessor's immigration enforcement policies."

The past three years have seen thousands of people participate in dozens of Hutto vigils, two great documentary films on family detention, major media scrutiny, a landmark lawsuit settlement, 60,000 petition-signers, and the organizing of students, immigrant rights advocates, faith activists, and everyday people around the country to end family detention.

Today's announcement is not just a victory for Grassroots Leadership's Campaign to End Immigrant Family Detention, but for an entire movement for justice that has come together to close Hutto and to end immigrant family detention.

We'll send you more details in the coming days. While our work to end immigrant detention altogether is certainly far from over, please join us in celebrating this incredible moment.

Bob Libal and Luissana Santibañez
Grassroots Leadership