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ICE: Hutto to stop detaining families; no new family detention centers

It's all the news today; CCA's notorious T. Don Hutto detention center will stop holding immigrant families.  According to the New York Times ("U.S. to Reform Policy on Detention for Immigrants," August 6th)

"[T]he government will stop sending families to the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, a former state prison near Austin, Tex., that drew an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit and scathing news coverage for putting young children behind razor wire. ...

The decision to stop sending families there - and to set aside plans for three new family detention centers - is the Obama administration's clearest departure from its predecessor's immigration enforcement policies."

Although the facility will continue to hold immigrant women, this is a huge victory for the movement to end family detention as it substantially shrinks the immigrant family detention system, and takes the new family detention centers off the table.  We'll have more updates in the coming days, but in the meantime check out the T. Don Hutto blog or these sources:

"Just-Unveiled Immigration Detention Policies Are Excellent First Step," Women's Refugee Commission, August 6th

"Hutto detention center to change direction," Austin American-Statesman, August 6th

"Feds begin immigration detention makeover" Associated Press, August 6th

Comments

All they are really doing is just moving them to one that also has had many compliants. I guess they figure 'out of sight, out of mind' for those of us who have been protesting monthly at Hutto. We can not allow them to manipulate us this way. Lets keep up the fight.

1. To totally close Hutto as a detention center

2. Stop the detaining of non-criminal men, women, and children.

3. Lets try to get back on track with immigration reform: 

http://www.unityblueprint.org/

Seems we had an excellent plan and lots of supporters but it some how fell by the way side.

 

I actually wrote a paper about this in college (of course it was for my roomates) Who would have thought that the points brought up in her view would actually become into effect? Impressive.

Deb

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