JAC: Babies, Kids, and Families Do Not Belong Behind Barbed Wire


March 7, 2023

LOS ANGELES – The New York Times revealed that the Biden administration is considering expanding the use of family detention centers, a practice that Biden had essentially stopped. Below is a statement from Adela de la Torre, Deputy Director at Justice Action Center:

“Anyone who has visited these family detention centers knows that they are jails for kids. To paraphrase Joe Biden, we can’t believe we have to say this, but families belong together, and should be free. If the Biden administration moves forward with this proposal, it will become cruel new nadir in a legacy that has been filled with disappointments.

“Cruelty may not be the Biden administration’s goal, but it is certainly the byproduct of the administration’s current immigration strategy. And the harms to children and families are no less devastating whether the administration implementing the policy is Republican or Democratic.”

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Contact:  Tasha Moro; 323-450-7269; tasha.moro@justiceactioncenter.org

Justice Action Center (JAC) is a new nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting for greater justice for immigrant communities by combining litigation and storytelling. JAC is committed to bringing additional litigation resources to address unmet needs, empower clients, and change the corrosive narrative around immigrants in the U.S. Learn more at justiceactioncenter.org and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.