DHS Acknowledges Serious Problems with Family Detention but Does Not Commit to Ending Unjust Practice

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 24, 2015Contacts: Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@communitychange.org, 202.339.9377 Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org, 202.339.9331

FIRM Says Initial Changes Are a Good Start, but Do Not Do Enough to End Inhumane Practice

(WASHINGTON)—The Fair Immigration Reform Movement said changes announced today by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson regarding policies on family detention are not enough to end the inhumane practice of detaining women and children in jail-like conditions.

“Secretary Johnson’s announcement is a first step in acknowledging the serious problems with family detention, but still small progress on the road to changing our nation’s unjust immigration practices,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “Changing the name of detention centers to “residential centers” does not change the reality that these are places where families are inhumanely detained. We hope these proposed changes will ultimately result in ending the unjust and wasteful practice of detaining women and children altogether.”

“The fact is this unjust practice of family detention is still a reality in the United States,” said Matos. “It is completely out of sync with our country’s values and it must end now.”