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Advocates Denounce @BarackObama for Seeking $2 Billion to Detain & Deport Women & Children on the Border

July 1, 2014

(See DWN member statement’s below)

Embedded Image by Jennifer Whitney for The New York Times: “A Border Patrol agent, with Alejandro, 8, who traveled by himself across the Rio Grande.”

Detention Watch Network Says White House’s Renewed Policy of Family Detention and Deportation Puts Women and Children at Risk for Political Points on Immigration

In reaction to this weekend’s announcement that the Obama Administration would seek $2 billion from Congress to detain and deport women and children arriving at the border,  member organizations issue the following statements (List in formation: Check back for updates)

Silky Shah, interim executive director of the Detention Watch Network issued the following statement:

With this weekend’s announcement that President Obama will seek more than $2,000,000,000 from Congress to detain and expedite deportations for women and children on the border-  President Obama made clear that he is fully embracing his role as Deporter-in-Chief – detaining more than 478,000 people in 2012 alone. The US has the resources and ability to provide refuge for the families fleeing Central America. Much smaller countries with a fraction of the resources (e.g. Lebanon, Jordan) provide refugee assistance to twice as many migrants as the US. Rather than considering additional funding for expanding detention and increasing deportations Congress should shift funds away from DHS and ICE and provide more resources for refugee assistance for families arriving at the border. Following the announcement late last week that the Obama Administration will be reopening family detention facilities on the border, we are deeply disappointed in the White House’s willingness to sacrifice women and children for political cover in the national immigration debate.

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