Information on Family Separation and Family Detention

Neighbors Link vehemently opposes the current administration’s policies of locking up children and families who are fleeing violence and persecution. Using children as pawns to achieve a policy win is unconscionable and the new policy to keep families together but still incarcerated is not acceptable. Neighbors Link urges our elected officials to lead and forge a measured and reasoned path toward creating holistic and humane immigration policy that is in keeping with American values.

Facts about family separation and family detention:

  • More than 2,300 children were forcibly separated from their parents as part of the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. Children have been placed at facilities across the country, including hundreds who were placed in New York.
  • As of Saturday, June 23rd, more than 2,000 children were still separated from their parents and the administration has indicated that they will not be reunited until parents’ deportation proceedings are completed. There is also significant uncertainty regarding the process of locating all children and reuniting them with their parents.
  • The administration recently announced that instead of separating parents and children, families will be detained together. The practice of imprisoning families seeking protection from violence and persecution is not acceptable. These family detention centers and military bases that are being proposed as locations to hold families are tantamount to prisons, where families cannot leave and have limited access to medical or mental health care.

Action Steps:

  • On Saturday, June 30th, partners are organizing rallies all around the country to demand that this administration stop locking up children and families fleeing violence and persecution. Neighbors Link is joining The New York Immigration Coalition and other organizations to lead the action in NYC. Join us Saturday, June 30th, 10:00 a.m. at Foley Square.
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