Family Detention

Take Action to Halt Appeal on Family Detention Decision

Take Action to Halt Appeal on Family Detention Decision
Rally to #EndFamilyDetention in Dilley, Texas

Thanks to your tireless efforts and that of many advocates, last week Judge Dolly Gee of the Central District Court of California ruled that the federal government should immediately reverse current family detention policies.

This includes dismantling facilities that were opened last year and releasing accompanied children and their mothers. The Obama Administration has until August 3 to appeal this decision. Please take action this week to ensure family detention is shut down for good!

Take Action

  1. Call your Representative at 202-224-3121 and urge him or her to sign on to Rep. Lofgren's letter (see below), which urges United States Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to end family detention.

  2. Call the White House at 202-456-1111. Here is a sample message: My name is _____ and as a United Methodist Women member I'm calling to urge the Obama Administration to comply with Judge Gee's Flores decision and to close the Dilley, Karnes and Berks family detention centers once and for all. There is simply no humane way to incarcerate families.

Thank you for your continued efforts to #EndFamilyDetention!


Letter from Rep. Lofgren to U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson

Dear Secretary Johnson:

In May of this year, 136 Members of Congress wrote to you to express serious concern regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s detention of thousands of mothers and children in secure, jail-like facilities. The purpose of the letter was to alert you to the strong evidence that such detention is detrimental to mothers and children and is not reflective of our Nation’s values. The detained population is largely comprised of refugees fleeing violence and persecution, many of whom have serious medical and mental health needs that have been inadequately addressed in custody. You were urged to end the use of family detention.

Last Friday, a federal judge issued a ruling finding that the Department’s family detention practices constitute a material breach of a Court-approved class-wide settlement agreement. Flores v. Johnson, CV 85-4544 (C.D. Cal. July 24, 2015). Judge Dolly M. Gee found that the Department’s decision to house children in secure facilities that are not licensed by any State agency to care for dependent children violated the 20-year-old Flores settlement agreement. The court also rejected the Department’s request to amend that settlement agreement in lieu of remedying the numerous violations.

It is long past time to end family detention. In light of this recent federal court ruling, we urge you take all necessary and appropriate steps to bring the Department’s practices in line with the settlement agreement and the recent court ruling.

Posted or updated: 7/29/2015 11:00:00 PM

Take Action:

  • Call your Representative at 202-224-3121 and urge him or her to sign on to Rep. Lofgren's letter, which urges United States Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to end family detention.
  • Call the White House at 202-456-1111, and urge the Obama Administration to comply with Judge Gee's Flores decision.

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Resources:

*Campaign to End Family Detention

*United Methodist Women's Position on Family Detention and Migration

*Global Migration and Immigration Rights

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