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MFV Decries Dehumanizing Detention Rules

08.21.2019

For Immediate Release
Contact: Karina Martinez at karinam@mifamiliavota.org

 

MFV Decries Dehumanizing Detention Rules

Migrant children and families deserve increased protections


The Trump administration announced a new rule that would extend the detention of children and their families indefinitely. The rule is scheduled to take effect in 60 days.

Mi Familia Vota issued the following statement:

The Trump administration is acting quickly to dismantle the few and fragile protections that keep migrants from being completely abased. It is astounding that in the wake of numerous reports and firsthand accounts of sordid conditions and rampant abuse by the agencies that track and detain migrants, this administration would seek to manipulate laws that would further deny children and migrant adults any human rights protections.

This administration is aggressively dehumanizing migrants at the border but the repercussions of these actions aren’t limited to this population; Latinos and immigrants of all socio-economic backgrounds and immigration status will also be netted in the process. Migrants are dying in detention and we’ve experienced violence nationwide with the rise in hate crimes and the recent deadly attacks against Latinos and immigrants in Gilroy and El Paso. By dehumanizing Latinos and immigrants, this administration advances a hateful ideology, based in white supremacy, that is pervading our government and the policies being put forth by this administration.

“Mi Familia Vota will continue to defend immigrants and fight dangerous dogmas that threaten our communities and our nation. We call on Congress to act swiftly to close detention centers indefinitely and we call on our community to continue to monitor and vociferously oppose new rules that threaten our wellbeing.”

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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.