Fair Immigration Reform Movement Applauds House Members for Urging Head of Homeland Security to End Family Detention

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 27, 2015Contact: Bernardita M. Yunis Varas, byunisvaras@communitychange.org, 202.339.9377 Donna De La Cruz, ddelacruz@communitychange.org, 202.339.9331

Secretary Johnson Must End Inhumane Detention of Immigrant Families

WASHINGTON—The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) applauded the 136 House members who signed a letter calling on Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to end the inhumane practice of family detention. This letter is part of mounting pressure to end the unjust practice of detaining innocent women and children seeking refuge from dangers in their home countries.

“We are encouraged to see that House Members are not turning a blind eye to widespread reports of inhumane treatment and prolonged detention of families in these facilities,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “These Congressional leaders understand that ending family detention is the only way to end the harsh treatment these mothers and children are facing.”

“Prisons are no place for families. We must end the practice of locking up innocent mothers and their children. It does not align with our country’s values, and it is downright immoral,” said Matos. “We urge Secretary Johnson to seize this moment and end family detention for those seeking refuge in the US. Now is the time to end our nation’s inhumane history of detaining families once and for all.”