After Public Pressure Miramar Check-In Facility Finally Closes During COVID-19 Health Crisis

Jose Munoz Press Releases

For Immediate Release
Contact: José Alonso Muñoz | jose@unitedwedream.org | 202.810.0746

Miramar, Florida. – The Miramar ICE check-in facility refused to comply for weeks with the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines during the Coronavirus outbreak, where hundreds of immigrant families risked their health and stood in crowded lines in order to do their check-ins.  Yesterday, after public pressure from, United We Dream, the Florida Immigration Coalition, and the Miramar Circle of Protection, local organizers reported that people who were attempting to report to their check-ins at the Miramar ICE Check-In Facility were told to go home instead. 

Maria Bilbao, Deportation Defense Organizer at United We Dream, said: 

“There was a lot of push back coming from the facility and multiple elected officials. We constantly kept hearing that they had no authority, that this was the way it was because of the federal government. Even so, we refused to give up and continued our fight against these inhumane enforcement measures. This success means those most vulnerable in our community no longer have to wait in line and can limit their exposure to COVID-19. Over the coming weeks and months as things start to settle back to normal, we must remember that ICE continues to target, deport, detain, and even kill immigrants, and these forced interactions with ICE are inhumane, global pandemic or not.” 

Laura Munoz, Hotline Manager at FLIC, said: 

“Many hotline callers were calling desperate and confused as they were dealing with the tough decision of potentially contracting the virus at their check-in or risking their immigration cases by missing the check-in requirements. For elderly callers or callers with pre existing conditions, they were potentially putting their lives at risk.  While the CDC has been recommending social isolation and quarantine measures, ICE irresponsibility continued to require check-ins and conduct raids. We are only as safe and healthy as the most vulnerable in our community. Thanks to the hard work of local community organizers and their perseverance, immigrants no longer have to bargain with their lives at ICE check-ins “

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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.