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National Immigrant Youth Alliance Infiltrates Deportation Detention Center - Calls for Release of All Low-Priority Detainees

Published: Jul 30, 2012 1:30 pm

Taken from DREAMActivist.org:

Over the course of the last month, as the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, we have been working hard to infiltrate into select detention centers around the country to see what is really happening.

On June 17th, 2011, President Obama, through ICE director John Morton, issued a memorandum outlining his administration's enforcement priorities. These priorities specifically called for the use of discretion in many low-priority deportation cases. Just like many other promises by this administration, our organizers inside of the detention center have discovered that the Obama administration is still deporting the same people it promises not to deport.

Our organizers have seen first hand countless cases of:

-- DREAM Act eligible youth;
-- Individuals with no criminal record;
-- Individuals clearly detained because of racial profiling tactics used by police and border patrol, including the detention of passengers in vehicles;
-- Individuals with pending U visa / VAWA applications;
-- Individuals with extreme medical conditions;

Pretty much you name it and we've seen it. Many of those detained have been at this facility for 5 to 9 months, with others detained more than 20 months.

For each day an individual is detained at this facility tax-payers, you, are paying a private company (GEO group) about $166 to keep our loved ones locked up. That's over $40,000 on average for low-priority cases that could just be administratively closed, as the Presidents administration promised it was doing.

Therefore we are asking for a full and complete review of each detainee at the Broward Detention center and that all low-priority detainees immediately be released and their cases administratively closed

Click here to sign the petition that demands a full and immediate review of all detainees at the Broward Transitional Center and the release of anyone who meets the criteria of the June 17th, 2011 low-priority discretion memo as laid out by John Morton, Director of ICE.

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