Family Detention

United Methodist Women Welcomes Court Decision on Family Detention

United Methodist Women Welcomes Court Decision on Family Detention
Children walk to class at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas.

The U.S. District Court in California has issued a ruling  on whether a Supreme Court case known as the “Flores” decision is applicable to the current detention of children in family detention centers. The ruling was negotiated by the Department of Justice and a group of immigration lawyers. The decision, which came out on Friday, July 24, rules that the U.S. administration’s family detention program violates parts of the 1997 Flores agreement on detaining child migrants, and that families should be released as quickly as possible. The Obama Administration has been given until August 3 to present a plan for their release.

We urge you to take action now to halt a possible appeal to the decision!

United Methodist Women members have been actively engaged in efforts to end family detention: marching outside the detention center in Dilley, Texas; using social media; sending postcards to President Obama; and sharing and mobilizing at Mission u events across the country. United Methodist Women celebrates this legal victory and urges the administration not to appeal this ruling. Mothers and children should be released from detention immediately.

Furthermore, release from detention should not entail separating mothers and children; demanding exorbitant bonds; forcing mothers to wear GPS monitoring devices; or expediting the deportation of mothers and children. We seek a policy that guarantees due process for all including appeals on deportation orders, and which ends all family detention without an undue burden on families that have suffered more than enough.

We recognize that women and children have come seeking safety, and that we must address the reasons that they are coming. As United Methodist Women members study Latin America this summer, we also offer this position on the current causes of migration from Latin America and Mexico, and on the needed responses.

For more information and opportunities contact:

Carol Barton, United Methodist Women Immigrant & Civil Rights Initiative
777 United Nations Plaza, 11th floor
New York, NY 10017


Posted or updated: 7/27/2015 11:00:00 PM