Children DO NOT Belong in Detention Centers
Updated: Aug 6, 2018
Currently in the United States immigrant children are being ripped away from their parents and are being incarcerated in what are essentially prisons with only limited time outside and no access to their families.
We are traumatizing a whole generation of immigrants who purposely came to our country with hopes of a better life.
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN??
In 2015, a large number of unaccompanied minors entered the United States through the Texas border searching for a new home and hoping to be reunited with their parents. This quickly overwhelmed the state’s capacity to house immigrant children.
In May, 2016, The state of Texas DFPS began issuing child care licenses to detention centers to house the overflow. This new licensing allowed the detention centers to house the children for longer than 3 weeks at a time. These licenses transformed immigrant detention centers into baby jails. Later that year, a state district court ruled that detention centers could not be issued care licenses unless they met the same criteria as Texas daycare centers.
During the state’s last legislative session the GRO Group, a private for-profit prison corporation drafted a bill for the Texas legislature that would allow detention centers to be issued child care licenses without meeting the childcare requirements.
Texas Senate Republicans introduced the GRO Groups bill as SB1018 and passed it 20-11, along party lines.
The House companion bill, HB2225, was killed in committee by responsible leadership in the Texas House. But this leadership, specifically Speaker Joe Straus, is leaving, and Senate Republicans are vowing to bring the bill back to a vote in the 2019 legislative session.
Please join our fight to stop baby jails from becoming a reality. We must not allow a system where prison corporations rake in profits by traumatizing these vulnerable children.
Texas Family Project will be at the state Democratic convention in Fort Worth to petition party delegates to block any proposal allowing the indefinite detention of children. If you are a delegate to the state convention come sign our petition to block child care licenses for detention centers in Texas.
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