On International Women’s Day Women Rally Outside Miramar ICE Office to Demand Dignity and Justice for All Immigrants

Sheridan Aguirre Press Releases

For Immediate Release
Media Contacts
Local: Melissa Taveras |  melissa@floridaimmigrant.org | 786 663 6690
Maria Bilbao | masuncionbilbao@unitedwedream.org | 786 470 5773
National: Sheridan Aguirre | sheridan@unitedwedream.org | 202.793.2267

Miramar, FL – Today, on International Women’s Day, immigrant women and community leaders rallied outside the Miramar ICE Office to condemn the conditions of the facility and send a reminder to the community that they will continue to fight for the dignity of all immigrants.

The rally was organized by the Miramar Circle of Protection which includes community members and leaders from Women Working Together USA, We Belong Together, United We Dream, Instituto Jesuita Pedro Arrupe, Friends of Miami Dade Detainees, Florida Immigrant Coalition, and more.

Maria Bilbao, Organizer at United We Dream – Florida, dijo/said:

“Hoy en el Dia Internacional de la Mujer queremos denunciar los abusos que son cometidos en este centro de inmigración y de los que hemos sido testigos por los últimos nueve meses. Estas son mujeres inmigrantes y refugiadas que se enfrentan a amenazas durante el viaje de huida de sus países y luego siguen esas amenazas cuando llegan al lugar que ellas creían estarían seguras.

“Aquí los tienen por horas esperando para ver si les darán la oportunidad de quedarse en este país o si serán deportados. Nos les importa si está lloviendo y se mojan, si el sol les da en sus cabezas hasta descomponerlos, no les dan acceso a los baños ni dejan entrar a las mamás con el biberón de leche para sus hijos. No tienen donde estacionar sus carros y le llaman a compañías de remolque corruptas que hasta le piden dinero en efectivo para no llevarse sus carros.

“Claramente este edificio está lleno de infracciones, de violaciones a los derechos humanos y al código de ocupación. Nosotros les podemos asegurar que United We Dream, el grupo de Miramar y el resto de las organizaciones que formamos parte de este Círculo de Protección, no vamos a parar hasta que este centro tenga que ser cerrado.”

In English:

“Today on International Women’s Day we want to denounce the abuses that are committed in this immigration center and of which we have been witnesses for the last nine months. These are immigrant and refugee women who face threats during the journey from their countries and then continue to face threats when they arrive at the place they thought they would be safe.

“Here they have them waiting for hours to see if they will be given the opportunity to stay in this country or if they will be deported. ICE doesn’t care if it is raining and people get wet, if the sun hits their heads until they are broken down, they do not give access to bathrooms nor do they let their mothers in with milk bottles for their children. They do not have places for people to park their cars and they call corrupt towing companies that ask for cash in order to not take folks’ cars away.

“Clearly this building is full of infractions, violations of human rights and building code violations. We can assure you that United We Dream, the Miramar group and the rest of the organizations that are part of the Circle of Protection that we will not stop until this center is closed.”

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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.