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To: Matthew T. Albence, Acting Director of ICE, Director of San Antonio Regional Field Office, Senator Patrick Leahy, Chair of Appropriations Committee; Rep. Joaquin Castro, Chair, and the Ranking Members of the Hispanic Caucus

Release Endangered Asylum Seekers at the Port Isabel Detention Center, Texas

Release Endangered Asylum Seekers at the Port Isabel Detention Center, Texas

We demand that all migrants in the Port Isabel Detention Center be immediately released to their friends and family unless they have a criminal record clearly indicating a danger to society.

Why is this important?

Statement Re Detained Asylum Seekers at the Port Isabel Detention Center, Texas

We are writing to express our grave concern about the ongoing detention of numerous asylum seekers in the ICE Port Isabel Detention Center, Los Fresnos, Texas. The great majority of these persons have never committed a crime. Moreover, they have families with legal status here in the United States who are eager to take them in while their immigration cases are processed. Prior to this administration, release of these migrants to their families would have been routine.

These asylum seekers are now in danger of contracting the Corona Virus, or Covid-19, and suffering severe illness and even death. They must be released to family and friends forthwith. Keeping them in long term, unjustified detention under these conditions is the moral equivalent of locking them into a burning building.
Hygienic conditions and medical care at this facility are shocking even during the best of times. The conditions are now unconscionable. The asylum seekers do not receive soap, only small packets of shampoo in the morning. Soap they must purchase on their own through the commissary if they can. The guards, arriving from their homes, walk in and out of the dormitories without gloves or masks, and go from one dorm to the other in this manner throughout the day. There are 70 men to a dormitory so social distancing is impossible. The men also eat in their dorms, with food workers bringing in the food trays, with gloved hands but no masks. There are four toilet bowls in each dorm, standing out in the open without any screens. These are cleaned in the morning and evening, but no cleaning materials are available in between. These conditions fly in the face of the precautions we are all required to respect. Many of the detainees have serious health problems. It is a matter of time until the virus strikes, and the results will be devastating.

We know that the detainees have brought these concerns to the facility’s officers, but to no avail. The detainees also initiated a hunger strike on Monday, March 30, 2020. We understand that there is a grave risk of retaliation and intimidation should it continue.

We demand that all migrants in the Port Isabel Detention Center be immediately released to their friends and family unless they have a criminal record clearly indicating a danger to society.

Contacts:
Madeleine Sandefur
Jennifer Harbury
ANGRY TIAS AND ABUELAS


Reasons for signing

  • I Signed To Defeat Racism!
  • Science trumps opinions.
  • Many of us are unable to do anything to help, these days, other than wear our masks and keep away from others. I signed this petition, and hope that others might, too - this is something we CAN do, that might save lives.

Updates

2020-04-09 20:10:32 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

2020-04-06 13:32:15 -0400

500 signatures reached

2020-04-04 00:39:12 -0400

100 signatures reached

2020-04-03 20:03:24 -0400

50 signatures reached

2020-04-03 18:38:15 -0400

25 signatures reached

2020-04-03 17:56:28 -0400

10 signatures reached

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