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Deportations Instead of Immigration Reform

Deportations Instead of Immigration Reform

U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced that it plans to open and operate a new "Family Residential Center" in Dilley, Texas to house adults with children in response to the influx of adults with children apprehended along the southwest border.

You can call it residential family center all you want, it's a prison! Dilley is the fourth and largest family prison ICE plans to build for the purpose of jailing families. The prison will initially house 480 inmates, whom ICE likes to refer to as residents, and 2,400 within 210 days. Instead of jailing families and deporting them, they should be afforded access to bond hearings, opportunities to file their asylum claims, and while waiting for their hearings be united with their family members who live in the United States already.

Volunteer immigration attorneys providing pro bono services at another residential family center prison, in Artesia NM, report that after they finally got a handful of favorable bond decisions, the administration is now appealing some of these bond decisions to drag mothers and children back to prison after relatives scrambled to meet the exhorbitantly high bond requirements.

While the President continues to support jailing families and mass-deporting mothers, infants, and children, the Vice President is busy ensuring frustrated Hispanic leaders that the President is "absolutely committed to moving forward" on comprehensive immigration reforms "and he's going to do an awful lot."

I beg to differ; when it comes to immigration reform the President is not doing an awful lot, rather it is awful what he's doing.


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