Deaths and family separation spark outrage in DC and beyond
WASHINGTON DC (June 18, 2018) On June 19, the International Summit on Borders is being held at the Ronald Regan Building in Washington, DC. The conference, sponsored by private security and defense contracting companies, features Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Kevin McAleenan as the keynote speaker, and takes place amid massive public outcry over family separation, human rights violations, and detainee deaths. Protests are planned for the summit opening at 8am in front of the Ronald Reagan Building (1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW) as government and corporate leaders enter the summit.
“Claudia Patricia Gómez González, Roxsana Hernández, and Marco Antonio Muñoz are just three of the countless people who have died recently because of violence committed by Customs and Border Protection (CBP),” said Kathryn Johnson, Policy Advocacy Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee, and one of the protest’s organizers. “And yet congress continues to fund CBP’s violence. We’re here to say that’s unacceptable.”
Claudia was shot in the head by a Border Patrol agent. Roxsana died in CBP detention, whose facilities are known for inhumane conditions and medical neglect. Marco Antonio took his own life after CBP agents tore his wife and child from him.
"Make no mistake: CBP is committing atrocities on our southern border," said Brandon Wu, Director of Policy and Campaigns at ActionAid USA. "The cruel and inhumane treatment of migrants is especially unconscionable given that many people being abused by our government are fleeing their homes for reasons that can be traced directly to unjust policies here at home. These abuses, and the criminalization of human migration, must stop now."
Protestors are calling for an end to family separation and border militarization, and for the defunding of Customs and Border Protection and the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The protest is organized by the American Friends Service Committee, ActionAid USA, and Church World Service
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