Never again detained
· US Bishops applaud ruling on incarcerated migrant families ·
The U.S. Bishops applauded the ruling regarding the release of migrant families from detention centres. The Federal District Court of California made the ruling on 24 July.
In a press release, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, welcomed the court's decision, urging “the administration to comply with it expeditiously,” he wrote. “Appealing the decision would only prolong a flawed and unjust policy of treating this vulnerable population as criminals.”
The current policy surrounding the detention of these families (often young mothers with children) is implemented as a means to discourage migration to the United States. Now the Court has decided that the detention of families violates the Flores vs Reno settlement, which concluded that children should be released from detention, or, in some cases, held in the least restrictive settings. Judge Dolly Gee added that in compliance with this measure, the administration must release children with their parents, denying the option that children be released and their parents be kept detained. Last April Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio, Bishop James Anthony Tamayo of Laredo, and Bishop Elizondo visited the detained families in Dilley, Texas and they asked that an end be placed to this practice, suggesting various solutions to the problem.
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