Thank you for your commitment to ending the inhumane and costly practice of family detention!
More than 6,300 mothers and children have been held in government family detention facilities since July 2014. Some families have been detained for more than a year now.
Over the last year, you have become the voice for vulnerable mothers and children who have been placed in large-scale family detention centers. And, today we are seeing the effects of your efforts!
Last month, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) admitted that family detention is an inefficient use of federal resources. LIRS maintains that the practice is also inhumane. The vast majority of these families came to the United States seeking protection from violence and deserve a welcome that reflects the founding principles of our nation.
This month, DHS announced that they will begin releasing families who have presented a credible case that they have fled their homes out of fear for their lives. This decision will impact an overwhelming majority of families currently being detained.
As a result of this new policy, those who are released will have completed the first step in the legal process of applying for protection. They can now wait and prepare for their court appearances in a more humane setting.
Thank you for your commitment to ending this inhumane and costly practice! The announcement is a very significant step in the right direction to protect the rights of those fleeing persecution and looking for safety.