New executive order leaves children behind bars, perpetuates inhumane policies
WASHINGTON DC (June 20, 2018) Outrage is growing over the Trump Administration’s immigration policies, including an Executive Order announced this afternoon that directs the Department of Homeland Security to expand the use of family detention and speed up deportations of families. The order comes amidst public outcry over the separation of children from their parents, many of whom have come seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.
"Our loved ones belong together, and not in cages," said Kathryn Johnson, Policy Advocacy Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee. "Expedited deportation and expanded family detention are not solutions to family separation. Whether families are separated or locked up together, there is no good version of immigrant detention. No one should face criminal prosecution simply for crossing the border. Congress has an opportunity to end the administration’s inhumane so-called 'zero tolerance' policy by defunding immigration enforcement. Anyone who funds or collaborates with immigrant detention and deportation is complicit in morally abhorrent violations of human rights and international law."
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) joins with thousands of others in speaking out against these atrocities, and is demanding action from Congress to defund both Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
AFSC offices in Cambridge, Concord, Denver, Des Moines, Fresno, Greensboro, Miami, Newark, Oakland, Portland, San Diego, and the policy office in Washington, DC have all been mobilizing to protect immigrant communities – by providing sanctuary, conducting “know your rights” trainings, accompanying people in deportation proceedings, advocating for sanctuary policies, providing direct legal representation and advice, and pressuring local and national elected officials to take action.
“ICE and CBP are abusive, unaccountable agencies whose primary mandate is the separation of communities – whether through family separation at the border, devastating immigration raids, or through the routine cruelty of detention and deportation,” said Kristin Kumpf, Director of Human Migration and Mobility for AFSC. “We must do everything we can to take away their power to perpetuate these injustices.”
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