Media advisory for: Saturday, July 14, 11 a.m.
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Loved ones of immigrants detained at West County Detention Facility Call for Immediate Reunification of Families
Family members and advocates call for a just and responsible closure of the immigrant detention facility; demand release of all immigrants detained and access to legal representation.
What: Family members of immigrants detained at West County Detention Facility will call for the immediate release of their loved ones and for alternatives to detention, so that they can reunite with their families and have the opportunity to fight their deportation cases with legal representation.
“My five-year-old niece hasn’t seen her mother in a year and cries for her everyday,” said Liliana, who is caring for her two nieces while her sister is detained at the West County Detention Facility. “The eight-month old baby has been separated from her mother since she was just three days old. These children are suffering the most and they need to be with their mother.”
“There are so many unknowns,” said Anna whose husband has been detained for 11 months. “But we hope that this could be an opportunity for him and others to be released on bond or another alternative to detention.”
Families belong together in their communities where they can be safe and thrive, not separated from each other.