Hope Border Institute, together with local faith-based and community advocates, will participate in a “baby shower” – complete with balloons and shower gifts – at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) El Paso Processing Center to call attention to the ongoing detention of infants and children as well as the systematic separation of families by ICE in El Paso, on the border and throughout the country.
This peaceful demonstration is part of a week of action known as #DiapersinDetention, with baby showers at ICE Field Offices, local jails and detention centers across the country to highlight the scandalous practice of family detention, the incarceration of migrant children and mothers fleeing violence in Mexico and Central America.
Currently there are three facilities nationally that incarcerate families: in Berks County, PA; Karnes City, TX; and Dilley, TX. Recently, ever-younger children are being detained with their families, with many children under 18 month olds held in Texas facilities.
ICE also continues to engage in the regular practice of separating migrant families; men and women at the El Paso and Otero Processing Centers and Sierra Blanca detention center are separated from children and other family members. Immigration authorities in our community regularly detain and separate families seeking asylum at El Paso ports of entry.
These practices discourage asylum-seekers and dissuade families from ever seeking refuge in the United States.
Local El Pasoans unable to join the baby shower in person will demonstrate their opposition to family detention and separation practices by sending baby shower cards to ICE by mail and via social media, using the hashtag #DiapersinDetention.
We urge Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and President Obama to end family detention and family separation. This approach fails to deter those seeking safety at the cost of their most basic human dignity. No child should ever spend a single day in detention, and no infant should be separated from her mother. Detention of children, families, asylum-seekers is not only costly and failed public policy, but inhumane.
For more information, please contact Anai Ramirez, Communication Manager at Hope Border Institute,(915) 872-8400 ext.452
Hope Border Institute
Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee
Border Peace Presence
Pax Christi El Paso
CAFé New Mexico (Comunidades en Acción y de Fe)
Theodora Simon, Associate Director, Hope Border Institute
Fr. Peter Hinde & Sister Betty Campbell, Tabor House and Border Peace Presence
Fr. Bill Morton, Columban, Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee
Sara Melton, CAFé New Mexico (Comunidades en Acción y de Fe)
Then walk to the El Paso Processing Center (Immigrant Detention Facilities), 8915 Montana Ave, El Paso, TX 79925 at 11:30AM
September 2, 2016