DHS Secretary Announces Changes to Family Detention but Refuses to End the Practice


United We Dream continues call to immediately end the practice of placing women and children in jail-like conditions

For Immediate Release
June 24, 2015
Mario Carrillo | [email protected] | 915.449.6463

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced changes to immigrant family detention policies, such as making conditions for release more accessible for families that are currently detained.

Just in the past two weeks, a group of 33 Senators and 136 Representatives signed a letter demanding an end to immigrant family detention, joining a groundswell of immigrant advocates who’ve led the campaign to change DHS and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policy.

Greisa Martinez, advocacy coordinator for United We Dream issued the following statement,

“The fact that our community needs to fight to stop the practice of putting little kids in jail is outrageous in itself.  But we are fighting and making change happen – today’s announcement by Secretary Johnson that DHS will lower the costs for families to be released on bond and pursuing alternatives to family detention is a sign of progress but those changes are not enough.”

“The reality is that the practice of family detention remains in place and United We Dream calls on DHS to end it immediately.”

“Family detention is inhumane. It’s been well documented that placing women and children in detention centers can have severe psychological effects and could be detrimental to a child’s development.”

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United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful nonpartisan network made up of 55 local groups in 26 states. UWD organizes and advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status. We seek to address the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth and believe that by empowering immigrant youth, we can advance the cause of the entire community—justice for all immigrants. You can find more about UWD online at www.unitedwedream.org