Dignity Not Detention: Rally to Call for Closure of Notorious South Texas Detention Centers

February 24, 2010

San Antonio – Faith leaders, formerly detained immigrants, and human rights activists from across Texas will participate Thursday in a protest and letter-delivery, marking the launch of the “Dignity Not Detention” campaign. The protest will take place from 12pm-1pm at the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement offices at 8940 Fourwinds Dr. in San Antonio.

Human rights activists will call on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to close two south Texas detention centers – the Willacy County “Tent City” Detention Center and the Port Isabel Detention Center. Both facilities have been plagued by allegations of human rights abuses and Port Isabel has been the site of hunger strikes led by detained immigrants, concerned about their right to due process and standards of confinement.

Activists will rally outside of the local ICE offices to demand that they uphold the due process rights of those who are detained, immediately halt the transfer of detainees from around the country to remote detention centers, and to implement proven alternatives to detention that allow immigrants to participate in critical court proceedings and remain with their families.

Who: Formerly detained immigrants along with members of: Grassroots Leadership, Southwest Workers Union, Texans United for Families and other groups.
What: Campaign launch of Dignity Not Detention campaign calling for closure of south Texas detention centers.
When: 12:00PM, Thursday, February 25th, 2010.
Where: Immigrations and Customs Enforcement offices, located at: 8940 Fourwinds Dr., San Antonio, TX, 78239.

  • Bob Libal, Grassroots Leadership, (512) 971-0487, blibal@grassrootsleadership.org
  • Che Lopez, Southwest Workers Union, San Antonio, (210) 378-5132, che@swunion.org