Last week, Congress voted and passed a $4.6 billion border aid measure that does little to protect children and families seeking safety and asylum and increases the use of unlicensed, unregulated detention facilities for imprisoning immigrant children and families. The bill has also made it possible to house families on military bases and to leave open the door to further deterioration of housing conditions for children.
In passing this measure, Congress has again showed a failure of moral leadership on immigration.
Every day, thousands of immigrants are detained within a short drive from the Capitol. CAIR Coalition staff spend long hours each week in these detention facilities, working hand in hand with immigrants fighting for their lives and families. We see first-hand the damage that detention inflicts on children and on families, and this funding measure does little to fix this shameful practice.
CAIR Coalition condemns the continued use of detention with no respect for the needs or dignity of children, adults, and families. We will continue to do everything we can to best serve those who are in these facilities. We ask you to keep calling your representatives to work on a comprehensive bill to address the bigger picture. This is about human rights. We as a country need to do better.
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