In late May- early June, the CARA Pro Bono Project assisted 21 families who were picked up by DHS in the latest round of enforcement actions targeting Central American women the children. The stories of the 21 families and the due process obstacles they have encountered were captured in a report produced by the CARA project. The report documents inappropriate enforcement conduct and due process concerns that the families endured. Since the publication of the report, several families have been released and no new families have been identified by CARA at the family detention facilities.
Despite constant pressure from advocates, DHS continues to double down on its support of family detention. This effort includes searching for new prospective family detention facility locations in Texas. Two recent efforts by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to reach an agreement for a new family detention facility have been stymied in part by the assistance of the local community and by the dioceses of Corpus Christi and Laredo. In both public hearings, the Bishops’ statements along with critiques by community leaders, lead to local government leaders voting to not move forward with plans for the facilities.
As DHS continues to look for new communities to detain immigrant families, we urge you to contact us if you hear any information about your community engaging DHS to do so.