Florida Must Close The Camps

Sheridan Aguirre Press Releases

Several immigrant youths held at the Homestead Camp have reunited with their families but concentration camps remain open.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Sheridan Aguirre | sheridan@unitedwedream.org | 202.793.2267

Miami, FL – Early this week, news surfaced that many of the children and youth held at the Homestead Concentration Camp have been reunited with family and all those remaining have been relocated. Those who have been transferred are at unknown facilities and the Homestead Camp remains open for future use.

Maria Bilbao, organizer with United We Dream – Florida, said:

“Although we are relieved to know some families have been reunited, the fact remains that the Homestead Concentration Camp will continue to be open and the federal government has not dropped their plans to open up new camps in other states. We need Congress to close all camps and every single asylum seeker must have a fair shot at protection outside the bars of a cage.”

Nataly Chalco, DACA recipient and member of United We Dream – Florida, said:

“There’s 400 teenagers who are about to turn 18 and be turned over to concentration camps for adults. This is inhumane. No parent makes the journey to this country just to have their kids be passed around from cage to cage. Our communities migrate for survival and freedom. We call on the Trump administration to let our people go.”

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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.