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ICYMI: Administration Plans to Add 20,000 Detention Beds and Separate Mothers and Children Seeking Asylum

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 6, 2017 – Voto Latino, the leading civic media organization empowering American Latino millennials, released a statement from President and CEO Maria Teresa Kumar on the Administration’s plan released late last week to have the Department of Homeland Security add 20,000 beds for indefinite detention and separate mothers from children seeking asylum.

“Separating mothers from children who are seeking asylum and fleeing unspeakable violence is cowardly and horrific,” said Kumar.

“These policies of expanding indefinite detention and forced family separation will traumatize families who are already living in fear and uncertainty of their future. And the continued use of private prisons to detain people fleeing violence and to make money off of people’s misery is a dark stain on our country. It is not who we are.

“The new administration has started to roll out its most extreme immigration enforcement policies, leading to hundreds of immigrants, many without a criminal record, being swept up in the deportation chaos.

“And now DHS seems intent on further terrorizing the most vulnerable, and tearing apart countless more families. We call on DHS Sec. John Kelly to revise these immoral plans and not detain families fleeing violence or separating mothers from their children.”