Pax Christi USA has signed onto an open letter opposing the administration’s announcement that it will be opening new family detention beds in response to the humanitarian crisis at the border.
The letter reads, in part:
We, the undersigned civil rights and civil liberties, human rights, faith, immigration, labor, criminal justice, legal, and children’s rights organizations, write to strongly urge you to end plans to open new immigrant family detention centers.
We are gravely concerned by the Obama Administration’s announcement that it will expand the use of family detention and deny families full access to protection under U.S. and international law. Family detention profoundly impacts the emotional and physical well-being of children and breaks down family relationships. While the administration is understandably under pressure to respond to the current humanitarian crisis at the border, locking babies in prison cells and deporting women and young children to dangerous situations are not the solution…