In the summer of 2018, the Trump Administration implemented a “zero-tolerance” prosecution policy at the southern border and forcibly separated thousands of immigrant children from their parents. Nearly 40 of these families, though reunified, are languishing in prolonged detention at the South Texas Family Residential Center (STFRC) in Dilley, Texas. Our partners at the Dilley Pro Bono Project, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, provide legal assistance to these families and daily bear witness to the trauma they have faced, and continue to face, at the hands of the U.S. government.
Twenty-two of these mothers wrote letters to the public about being forcibly separated from their children by the government, and their continued detainment with no end in sight. We invite you to read their stories, share them using the hashtag #FreetheFamilies, and follow AILA National (@AILANational) and the American Immigration Council (@immcouncil) on Twitter.
How you can help
- Spread the word! Share this CNN story highlighting the letters using the hashtag #FreetheFamilies. And don’t forget to follow AILA National (@AILANational) and the American Immigration Council (@immcouncil) on Twitter.
- Submit a comment to the government on the administration’s proposed Flores regulations, which if implemented could result in the indefinite detention of thousands more immigrant children.
- Sign our petition with Amnesty International to #FreetheFamilies!