1/3 This morning our staff & pro bono attorneys arrived at the Karnes detention center to meet with clients and were told they couldn’t meet with anyone as Karnes was empty. Around 3:45pm two of our pro bono attorneys watched as a bus was loaded at Karnes w/ mothers & children
2/3 Having been lied to all day, they decided to follow the bus from Karnes to see where they were being transferred to. An hour in to the drive they call our Comms Director @JenniferKFalcon to let her know they had been pulled over by 3 state troopers in SUV’s for “illegally”
2/3 following the bus and demanded to see their client lists. They were held for 15 minutes by police, and now continue to follow the bus which looks to be headed to Dilley detention center.
Remember this: Children with representation are 5 times more likely to be successful in their case than children who go to court alone. Representation is often the last line of safety for children vulnerable to exploitation by both a system and a country hostile to their presence
Through our work with unaccompanied children, RAICES stands in these spaces where children are alone as their advocates and we witness the trauma and injustice of hundreds of children being taken from their families.
Simply, children are being taken from their families...
... put into a system not equipped to ensure their safety, & lose access to the representation designed to be their safeguard through this process.
RAICES has seen hundreds of children taken from their families in the last 18 months.
Friends, the family separation + family detention ramp up is best explained by the Overton window concept. Make things really really horrible and then the just horrible will seem OK. #EndFamilyDetention
The #SingleStagingArea explicitly includes the idea of detaining the families together. Please listen to the advocates and communities who have been fighting to keep families together AND reunifying families for years. We’re not new at this.
If you are new to these issues, please pay attention to who is pushing the ideas. People who have an intimate knowledge of the history and booby traps of the system or people who just noticed?
Dad was detained in a #Texas detention center where @RAICESTEXAS consulted. Dad accepted a deportation to be quickly reunited w/ his infant child. However, the Dad was deported & NOT his child. The now 8-month-old baby has been in ORR custody for 4 months. #EndFamilySeparation