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Immigration Policies Must Reflect American Values and Incorporate Accountability Processes

05.23.2019

For Immediate Release
Contact: Karina Martínez at 858/752-1262
or karinam@mifamiliavota.org

 

Immigration Policies Must Reflect American Values and Incorporate Accountability Processes

 

This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that a 10 year old child died after she entered the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Days after, a 16 year old died in the hands of Border Patrol. Immigrant deaths, as well as reports of separation and abuse, continue to surface.

Mi Familia Vota issued the following statement:

“Mi Familia Vota’s dedication to our community is centered on the right to a safe and dignified life for all people, including immigrants. We condemn violence and acts of cruelty taken against those seeking refuge or a new life in this country. We call for accountability for the numerous deaths, including several child deaths, that have transpired as a direct result of agency abuses and cover-ups coupled with failed immigration policies.

“Mounting immigrant deaths, family separations, decades of recorded abuses, and brutal detention conditions have brought our country to a juncture. We must commit to justice for immigrants and an end to policies that endanger the health and wellbeing of those who are fleeing adversity with nothing other than the hope of a better life. This country was founded on inclusive ideals that welcome the immigrant and it’s time for our immigration systems to reflect our values.”

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Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.