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Courtney Greene: The top 3 reasons to join TUFF in the fight against the immigrant detention quota

Guest blogger Courtney Greene is a regular volunteer with Texans United for Families (TUFF) and a regularly visits women in detention through the Hutto Visitation Program. 

Efforts continue around the country to end the immigrant detention quota. On Friday, May 9, protestors marched and rallied in Washington, D.C. to #EndTheQuota. Five were arrested including Grassroots Leadership Executive Director, Bob Libal.

Earlier in the week, pro-immigrant groups and individuals from across the U.S. called and emailed their congressional representatives to demand the immigrant detention quota be stopped. 

The quota requires the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to fill 34,000 beds in immigrant detention centers each day. The quota is unjust, inhumane and primarily benefits the for-profit companies that run the detention centers.  In TUFF’s view, here are the top 3 reasons to advocate for the immediate end of the immigrant detention quota:  

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Annanda Barclay: What Is This TUFF Jazz All About anyway?

Guest blogger Annanda Barclay is a third-year student at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She is a regular volunteer with Texans United for Families (TUFF) and is a candidate for ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA). 
 
Very rarely do you see organizations doing interpersonal and systemic work. Between the stream of visitors participating in the Hutto Visitation Program, where volunteers sit and hear the stories and form friendships with women who are seeking asylum in the United States, to the vigils, caravans, town hall meetings and press conferences that bring attention to the systemic injustice of for-profit private detention centers and deportations,TUFF is one of those unique, relevant and desperately needed organizations.
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