June 17, 2020

Judge Gee’s deadline for ICE to release children in family jails is tomorrow

Press Release

Tomorrow, July 17, 2020, marks the day that ICE could have released families together under Judge Gee’s order on migrant children in detention centers.

Paola Luisi, Co-Director of Families Belong Together, released the following statement:

“Two people have died in ICE’s “care” this week alone. Six children have died in U.S. immigration custody—and that was before the pandemic began. ICE cannot be trusted to keep people alive, period. Their own guards have died from COVID-19.”

“Every second that these mothers, fathers, and babies spend inside these jails puts their lives at risk and spits in the face of basic human decency. Toddlers and families shouldn’t have ever been jailed in the first place, and to keep them there despite a Federal Judge describing the facilities as being “on fire” is because ICE wants them there. The families must be freed together immediately.”


The Families Belong Together coalition includes nearly 250 different groups comprising tens of thousands of Americans from all backgrounds who have joined together to fight the Trump Administration’s cruel family separation and anti-immigrant agenda. Led by the National Domestic Workers Alliance, MoveOn, the ACLU, FWD.us and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Families Belong Together coalition organized the National Day of Action that saw hundreds of thousands of people protest the family separation policy and other inhumane immigration policies at more than 780 events in all 50 states. The coalition is at the forefront of the fight to permanently end family separation and incarceration, immediately reunite all families who remain torn apart, reverse the Trump administration’s zero-humanity policy that created this crisis, and hold accountable anyone who has profited politically or financially from the suffering of these families.

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