At the beginning of your administration, you pledged to end family detention and to pursue just, compassionate, and humane immigration policies. I am deeply troubled that you are now considering restarting policies that have proven to be cruel, inhumane, and racially discriminatory. Pursuing this path will exact terrible and lasting trauma on children and families that will become the legacy of your administration. I urge you not to return to this practice and to take steps to end the use of immigration detention altogether.
I am also very concerned that DHS will attempt to push families through the new expedited removal process laid out in the recently proposed asylum ban rule during their 20 days in family detention. I urge you to reverse course on the proposed asylum ban rule, and I’m horrified that the punitive policy could be coupled with family detention. This will essentially mean that these facilities will become deportation factories as families scramble to defend their asylum eligibility while trying to protect their children from the agony of detention.
There are alternative solutions for managing migration at the border that do not require detaining families and removing them so quickly as to undermine their meaningful opportunity to seek asylum or other legal relief. Please use them. Thanks.
▶ First sent on March 15 by Jess Craven