U.S. Representatives report on trip to family detention center

June 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Rep. Roybal-Allard, House Democrats Recap Trip to Family Detention Facilities

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) joined seven of her fellow Democratic House Members –Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD-05)Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20)Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27)Rep. Raúl Grijalva (AZ-03)Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (IL-04)Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) – to recount a trip they took this week to visit two private family detention facilities in Texas used to detain mothers and children awaiting disposition of their asylum claims.   The Members are among the 136 House Democrats who recently signed a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson calling for an end to family detention. Listen to an audio recording of the press conference here.

 During their trip, the members met with detainees at the Karnes County Residential Center in Read more

#Not1More’s Virtual Conference this Week

April 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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This week marks the fifth anniversary of Governor Brewer signing Arizona’s SB1070 into law.
To commemorate the last five years of resistance and movement building, groups from across the country are joining with Puente as they launch their ICE Free AZ campaign to finish the job of ending the collaboration between ICE and police empowered by the racial profiling law.

You can be part of the convening by joining one of the virtual conferences throughout the week.

10:00am pacific Thursday April 23rd - SB1070: Five Years of Resistance
10:00am pacific Friday April 24th - Women on the Frontlines
5:00pm pacific Friday April 24th - Civil Disobedience & Migrant Rights (Spanish)
10:30am pacific Saturday April 25th - Next Generation of Resistance
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Detention Watch Network Applauds End of ICE Contract with Pinal County Jail in Arizona

July 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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July 22, 2014     Contact: Silky Shah, sshah@detentionwatchnetwork.org

  Decision comes after the Immigration Jail was Regarded as one of the Worst in the Country 
After years of outrage at the conditions for immigrants in detention at the Pinal County Jail, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has ended its contract with the county. Since 2005, ICE has used the Pinal County Jail in Florence, Arizona to detain immigrants facing removal in Arizona. In 2012, in response to repeated hunger strikes and protest letters from people detained in the jail, Arizona advocates responded by holding vigils, organizing visitation programs and advocating for the termination of this contract. As recently as June 2014, men detained in the jail began a hunger strike in protest of the conditions.
“ICE’s decision to end its contract with the Pinal County Jail is long overdue. Year after year, since the beginning of this contract, men and women detained in the jail have bravely protested the punitive treatment and inhumane conditions,” said Victoria Lopez, Policy and Advocacy Director at the ACLU of Arizona and author of the 2011 report, In Their Own Words: Enduring Abuse in Arizona Immigration Detention CentersRead more

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