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ICE & GEO breaking more laws than we knew

All children in the U.S., regardless of immigration status, are entitled to a free public education on the same basis as other kids, even if they are locked up.  But at the Karnes family detention center, the school is on the second floor, and since there’s no elevator, completely inaccessible to kids with mobility impairments. […]

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Child care licenses for ICE detention centers?

Child care centers exist to take care of children. The State of Texas requires most child care centers to be licensed, and to be licensed, they must meet certain minimal standards, set by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). ICE detention centers exist to enforce U.S. immigration law, and more specifically, to […]

The "center" in Karnes is having a bit of an identity crisis...If you get a fax from there, or read some of the signs, you'll see the word "detention."  But GEO & ICE call it a "residential" center.  (Historical note:  look up "Potempkin Village") Photo by Virginia Raymond; touched up by Omar Figueredo.

Resolution to release women & children; end ICE’s no-release policy

photo by Virginia Raymond, touched up by Omar Figueredo; art by Rini Templeton Please read this resolution, sign it as yourself, and — far more importantly — take it to the groups to which you belong. Ask your group to sign and date the resolution; when you do, please send proof of adoption to releasedetainees@gmail.com. WHEREAS, […]

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“Estamos detenidas en Karnes tenemos tres hijos…”

Until today, I was mostly getting phone calls from women in Karnes and from family members around the country; texts from family members in Honduras. Today at 12:30, I received this e-mail: Estamos detenidas en Karnes tenemos tres hijos cada una y tenemos tres meses de estar detenidas, teniamos abogados pero nos dejaron el caso […]

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The iceboxes in McAllen: personal testimony

      The idea of the iceboxes It’s a room in which there is nothing more than a toilet and some cement benches stuck to the wall. With regard to the food, it was horrible. They gave us a taquito made of an uncooked flour tortilla without any flavor with egg, and the egg […]

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“Power yields nothing without a demand”: Organize

“The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims, have been born of earnest struggle. If there is no struggle there is no progress. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and […]

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How to obtain bond for a refugee or immigrant detained in Karnes City

ICE and GEO, a private, for-profit corporation, are currently holding 500 refugee women and children against their will in a jail (“residential center”) in Karnes County, about two hours southeast of Austin, or about an hour east of San Antonio. The facility held men until this summer, when it was converted to a “family” “residential” […]

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Carta para tu familiar detenid@: un ejemplo

DECLARACIÓN JURADA EN APOYO A LA SOLICITUD DE LIBERTAD CONDICIONAL DE (NOMBRE DEL DETENID@) Yo, (nombre del patrocinador), por medio de la presente declaro bajo juramento lo siguiente: Soy (residente permanente legal/ciudadan@) de los Estados Unidos (consulte el anexo). Soy (parentesco) de (nombre del detenid@), quien solicita asilo político de (país de origen) y quien […]

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National Security Threat

Read the the material that ICE lawyers present in immigration court to support its argument that the refugees — specifically the women and children — fleeing El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras since June pose a “national security threat” to the United States. Read it and weep. ICE Bond Packet