Immigrant rights advocates tell Clinton: Let’s talk about family detention while you’re in Texas

May 19, 2016

Via Not1More: Erika Almiron of Juntos forced the question of family detention into this town hall. "...We wanted to see not what Clinton promises for the future but what she’s doing now for the women inside," said said.
The Democratic presidential candidate told a town hall in Philadelphia she wanted to end the Obama policy, but women in family detention can’t wait

(AUSTIN, Texas) — Democratic presidential hopeful Sec. Hillary Clinton will be in Austin Friday to attend a fundraiser at the W Hotel and immigrant rights advocates will be in the lobby hoping to talk to the candidate about family detention before she leaves.

They are asking Sec. Clinton to do more than make campaign promises and use her influence before November to push for an end to family detention and for a stop to the raids on women and children.

Hillary Clinton said at a town hall last month that she would end family detention. But the women who are detained with their children can’t wait until next year. Private prisons are profiting off their pain every day right now — including several families who have already arrived at the Karnes and Dilley facilities in South Texas after being picked up in raids last week.

Both Sec. Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders released statements last week in response to the raids. “We are asking for more than campaign promises,” said Alejandro Caceres, immigration organizer at Grassroots Leadership in Austin.  “The families who are in detention or targeted in raids are not political pawns and they can’t wait for an election.”

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Grassroots Leadership is an Austin, Texas-based national organization that works to end prison profiteering and reduce reliance on criminalization and detention through direct action, organizing, research, and public education.

Contact: 

Cristina Parker, cparker@grassrootsleadership.org, 512-499-8111