ACTION: We will stand in SILENT WITNESS outside Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrands’ offices in solidarity with the children and other refugees being held in prison camps in the US for fleeing their home countries in search of safety. We will also WRITE & DELIVER POSTCARDS to both Senators asking them to shut down the Homestead facility in Florida.
VISUAL: we will wear silver blankets like the ones provided the kids and families (organizers to provide).
WHY: It has been over a year since this administration separated 3000 children from their parents. Many of them remain apart. 6 children have died while in custody. 24 adults have also died. We are holding 13,200 children in detention camps where reports of abuse are widespread. Enough is enough!
“If you were paying close attention last week, you might have spotted a pattern in the news. Peeking out from behind the breathless coverage of the Trump family’s tuxedoed trip to London was a spate of deaths of immigrants in U.S. custody: Johana Medina Léon, a 25-year-old transgender asylum seeker; an unnamed 33-year-old Salvadoran man; and a 40-year-old woman from Honduras.
Photos from a Border Patrol processing center in El Paso showed people herded so tightly into cells that they had to stand on toilets to breathe. Memos surfaced by journalist Ken Klippenstein revealed that Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s failure to provide medical care was responsible for suicides and other deaths of detainees. These followed another report that showed that thousands of detainees are being brutally held in isolation cells just for being transgender or mentally ill.”