Texans United for Families revives campaign to end family detention

August 4, 2014

Locking up Central American refugee families in immigrant detention centers isn’t the answer

Who: Texans United for Families, Grassroots Leadership, Barbara Hines of the UT Law School Immigration Clinic

What: Press conference announcing the campaign to end immigrant family detention

When: Wednesday, August 6th, at 10 a.m.

Where: Outside Austin City Hall, 301 W 2nd St

(AUSTIN, Texas) — The influx of refugee families, many with children, who have sought asylum at the border has touched our hearts and moved us to demand that these refugees, whether they are children traveling alone or with their families, be treated with dignity and respect.

First and foremost, that means not locking them up them inside immigrant detention centers, especially those operated by for-profit, private prison companies.

On Wednesday, August 6th, Texans United for Families and our allies will announce our plans to fight for an end to family detention. We will explain how family detention violates human rights, what alternatives are available and our plans for action in the coming weeks.

Texans United for Families was involved in the last campaign to end family detention in Texas. That campaign won when President Obama announced in 2009 that families would no longer be detained at the T. Don Hutto detention center in Taylor, Texas, and that no new family detention centers would be opened.

In 2009, after years of intense pressure and lawsuits alleging human rights abuses, the Obama administration ended immigrant family detention at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Taylor, Texas, and canceled plans for new centers.

However, the opening of new immigrant family detention centers in Artesia, New Mexico and Karnes City, Texas raises concerns.  The people detained in these two remote facilities have little to no legal access or social services and education for the children is are lacking. The conditions of abuse and neglect inside these centers will only further traumatized the people detained there.

The groups announced plans for a vigil at the Hutto detention center in Taylor on Saturday, August 9th, at 7pm to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the end of family detention at that center and call for the end to family detention.

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Contact: 

Cristina Parker, 915-497-2747, cparker@grassrootsleadership.org