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Posts from February 2019

By: Kristin Kumpf
Published: February 15, 2019

Children belong in schools and homes, not prison camps. But today, an estimated 1,350 child migrants are being held at Homestead Detention Center, about 30 miles south of Miami, Florida. It is the largest detention site for unaccompanied minors in the U.S. And that number is about to double.
Most have fled violence and poverty in Central America and are seeking asylum in the United States. Many will spend weeks or months in detention, with lasting traumatic effects.

Now is the time to stand with migrants from Central America and other parts of the world who are seeking safety...

By: Kathryn Johnson
Published: February 15, 2019

On Feb. 15, President Trump declared a national state of emergency – the day after Congress passed a funding bill that includes both a dramatic increase in immigrant detention and $1.375 billion for wall construction.

The appropriations bill passed by Congress increases funding for deadly immigrant detention and the militarization of our border communities. And the fact that the president is also circumventing congressional oversight to get billions more for his border wall is outrageous and illegal.

We're calling on Congress to do everything in its power to challenge any...

migrant caravan thank you
Published: February 14, 2019

February 2019 

When caravans of migrants began traveling north from Central America last fall to escape violence and poverty and seek refuge in the U.S., the AFSC community responded with generosity and compassion. 

And as the Trump administration persists in pursuing policies fueled by hate, AFSC supporters continue to show the world what love can do – by supporting those who have risked everything for a chance at safety and peace and by raising the moral imperative for more humane immigration policy in the U.S.  

Your support has made – and continues to make – a...

By: Bonnie Kerness
Published: February 12, 2019

We must demand community oversight for every federal, state, and county facility in the U.S. 

Recent headlines over the plight of people imprisoned in the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn begs for a deeper look into the conditions of confinement in the U.S. prisons, jails, and juvenile and immigrant detention facilities. Although the electricity and heat are back on at the Brooklyn federal facility, the continuing and staggering neglect that led to this humanitarian crises continues – and will continue. Not only did the federal officials lie about conditions at the...

By: Peniel Ibe
Published: February 8, 2019

TPS holders and DACA recipients unite to demand action from Congress. 

Right now, hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were granted protection to stay in the U.S. – and have lived in the U.S. for decades – could face deportation, under President Trump’s efforts to end the life-saving immigration programs known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). Since their creation in the 1990s, these programs have allowed people to remain in the U.S. when war, natural disaster, or other catastrophe prevented their...