Under Trump, ICE Agents at Miramar Have Quadrupled Check In Requirements for Immigrant Families Subjecting Them to Wait Outdoors for Hours With No Bathrooms, Parking Spaces, Waiting Areas and Shelter from Weather
Miami, FL – Yesterday, immigrant leaders and people of conscience testified against the Miramar ICE Facility’s abusive treatment of immigrant families under Trump’s administration. Over the past year, families with pending cases have been forced to report to ICE every three months — up from once a year — and endure long wait times with their children, some waiting since dawn to “check in” in the afternoon, regardless of weather, and with no access to restrooms or parking spaces. Tow trucks have preyed on families and one individual went into labor in line outside, waiting to follow ICE’s rules. Individuals have also repeatedly reported being subjected to abusive language by agents and a general disregard for their humanity.
After months of pressure from the Circle of Protection, United We Dream organizers, and the community, the City of Miramar moved to pass a resolution that denounces the Miramar ICE Facility’s mistreatment of immigrant families and urges ICE to “provide increased restroom facilities, shelter from the elements, adequate sitting and waiting areas, and additional parking.”
You can find video of the commission meeting on the resolution here.
Since Trump’s inauguration, community leaders have organized a weekly Circle of Protection, wherein they are stationed outside of the Miramar ICE Facility to provide Know Your Rights trainings, access to United We Dream’s deportation defense hotline, food, and emotional support for families.
Testimonies at yesterday’s Miramar City Council meeting were given by community leaders from United We Dream, Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC), Friends of Miami Dade Detainees, and Women Working Together, among others.
Yaquelin Lopez, undocumented mother and community leader in the Circle of Protection, said:
“El Centro de Miramar se convirtió en el máximo exponente local de la violación a los derechos y dignidad humana de los inmigrantes. La resolución es un paso de los que muchos se darán para que se demuestre que ningún edificio de ICE no está por encima de las leyes y tiene que cumplir con normativas y brindar los servicios básicos a la gente. Miramar siempre marcó la diferencia como una ciudad que respeta a los inmigrantes independientemente de su estatus migratorio porque trabajamos y somos parte del desarrollo cultural y económico de esta ciudad. Seguiremos organizando porque aquí estamos y nos quedamos.”
“The Miramar Facility has become a local model for violations of human rights and dignity of immigrants. This resolution is just one step of many to come that will demonstrate that no ICE Facility is above the law and that they must provide basic, decent services to people. Miramar has always been a city that respects immigrants regardless of their immigration status because we work and are part of the cultural and economic development of the city. We will continue to organize because this is our home and we are here to stay.”
Bud Conlin, community leader in the Circle of Protection, said:
“After months and months of driving 70 miles each way to bear witness and to support the lines of human beings caught in the Trump deportation machine, I am truly gratified to see the City of Miramar step up and say NO, what ICE is doing in our city is wrong. It is my hope that this is just one small step of many as we seek justice for our neighbors.”
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.