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HBI and community allies call for end to family detention and separation at #DiapersinDetention event
 
WHAT:
Hope Border Institute, together with local faith-based and community advocates, will participate in a “baby shower” - complete with balloons and shower gifts - at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) El Paso Processing Center to call attention to the ongoing detention of moms, infants and children as well as the systematic separation of families by ICE in El Paso, on the border, and throughout the country.
 
WHEN:
Friday September 2, 2016
 
WHERE:
We will be gathering at the Department of Homeland Security Office, 1545 Hawkins Blvd #167, El Paso, TX 79925, at 11:00AM

Then walk to the El Paso Processing Center (Immigrant Detention Facilities), 8915 Montana Ave, El Paso, TX 79925 at 11:30AM
 
El Paso, TX - This peaceful demonstration is part of a week of action known as #DiapersinDetention, with baby showers at ICE Field Offices and local jails across the country to highlight the scandalous practice of family detention as well as the incarceration of migrant children and mothers fleeing violence in Mexico and Central America.

Currently there are three facilities nationally that incarcerate families: Berks County, PA; Karnes City, TX; and Dilley, TX. Recently, ever-younger children are being detained with their families, with many children under 18 month olds held in Texas facilities.
 
In addition to family detention, ICE also continues to engage in the regular practice of separating migrant families; men and women at the El Paso and Otero Processing Centers and Sierra Blanca detention center are separated from their children and other family members. Immigration authorities in our community regularly detain and separate families seeking asylum at ports of entry. These practices discourage asylum-seekers and dissuade families from ever seeking refuge in the United States.
 
Local El Pasoans unable to join the baby shower in person will demonstrate their opposition to family detention and separation practices by sending baby shower cards to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson by mail and via social media, using the hashtag #DiapersinDetention.
 
We urge Secretary Johnson and President Obama to end the “aggressive deterrence strategy” of family detention and family separation. This approach fails to deter those seeking safety at the cost of their most basic human dignity. No child should spend a single day in detention, and no infant should be separated from her mother in the name of “deterrence”. Detention of children, families and asylum-seekers is not only costly and failed public policy, but inhumane.
 
Participating Organizations:
Hope Border Institute
Border Peace Presence

CAFé New Mexico (Comunidades en Acción y de Fe)
Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee
Pax Christi El Paso


Check out the op-ed, "Simon: Detention of migrant families immoral, costly," published in the El Paso Times and written by HBI associate director Theodora Simon, on the incarceration of asylum-seeking mothers and children.

Responding to a question from Hope Border Institute at his recent Town Hall Meeting, El Paso Congressman Beto O'Rourke went on record about the need to end for-profit immigrant detention:

"DHS needs to follow suit when it comes to migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees. 
It is not necessary to detain a 19-year old mother and her children in a jail."

Thank Congressman O'Rourke by sending him an e-mail or on social media! 
Tweet: Thank you @RepBetoORourke for supporting the movement to end #immigrantdetention!



Link to the live stream video of the meeting:

 https://www.facebook.com/BetoORourkeTX16/videos






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