Fair Immigration Reform Movement Supports ICE Release of Some Detained Families

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, July 14, 2015Contacts: Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@communitychange.org, 202.339.9377 Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org, 202.339.9331

FIRM Says Release of These Families is a Step in the Right Direction, but Not Enough to End Inhumane Practice of Family Detention

WASHINGTON—The Fair Immigration Reform Movement called the ICE announcement regarding the release from detention of some mothers and children seeking refuge in the United States  if they have passed "credible and reasonable fear" interviews a step in the right direction, but added that more needs to be done to end the inhumane practice of family detention altogether.

“This announcement from ICE is one step towards ending the inhumane practice of family detention,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “However, there is much more that needs to be done in order to change our nation’s unjust immigration procedures.”

“While we are joyous for the families that will no longer be kept in centers under jail-like conditions, we must recognize this moment with the sober awareness that there are far too many families held in these detention facilities,” said Matos. “This unjust practice has traumatic effects on these families—including their children—and needs to end altogether. No family should be detained under these conditions. It shocks the conscience and goes against our nation's values”

FIRM joins Democratic Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL), and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) who also commended ICE’s announcement and continue to call for an end to family detention “completely and unequivocally.”