On June 28th, 2019 Congressman DeSaulnier wrote to his constituents,”Defunding the centers is not the answer – the answer is to make the processing more efficient so the centers are not needed at all. If we defund the centers, the children will have nowhere else to go.” Untrue.
The administration has better options to enforce immigration and asylum laws but the Congressional approval of funding for the border camps perpetuates the human rights violations at our southern border. In a recent VOX post Trump doesn’t need to keep migrants in detention camps Alexia Fernández Campbell, Jul 4, 2019 “…Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was running two alternative programs at the national level: the Intensive Supervision Appearance Program (ISAP), which involves electronic monitoring, and the less restrictive Family Case Management Program (FCMP), which relied on community monitoring. The administration ended one of the programs and has not expanded the other. The methods used in these programs are available to DHS, and are much cheaper than traditional detention — but the Trump administration is operating as if locking everyone up in squalid conditions is the only way.”
Detention is simply an act of malice, not a necessity. Close the Camps!
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