The U.S. government is currently holding over 2,000 child migrants, many of whom have been separated from their families by U.S. immigration officials, in a detention center in Homestead, Florida. Most have fled violence and poverty in Central America and are seeking asylum in the United States.
Instead of being released to family members or other sponsors, many are spending weeks or months in inhumane detention. And because Homestead is an emergency influx center, children are not protected by agreements that ordinarily ensure licensing and other standards are met.
American Friends Service Committee, CMSM, CREDO Action, Daily Kos, Detention Watch Network (DWN), Farmworker Association of Florida, Franciscan Action Network, Love Resists, National Immigrant Justice Center, Other 98%, Progress America, Side With Love Campaign, Sojourners, United We Dream
Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, Church and Society of the United Methodist Church , Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), T’ruah, Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
Our Message to Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Alex M. Azar II, Assistant Secretary of the Administration for Children and Families Lynn Johnson, and Acting Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement Jonathan Hayes:
As someone who cares about the safety and well-being of every child, I urge you to:
-Reunite children with their sponsors as quickly as possible and end collaborations with the Department of Homeland Security that interfere with reunifications.
-Close the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Alien Children and stop using emergency influx facilities.
All children deserve to live in safety and peace. It’s time to reunite children with their loved ones.