More than 10,000 innocent immigrant children are being detained by the U.S. Government.
Current immigration policies have resulted in more than a five-fold increase in the number of immigrant toddlers, children and teens in U.S. Government detention. At the end of 2018, 9,800 immigrant children were in Office of Refugee Resettlement child detention facilities holding 100-plus total kids. More children are held by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement under harmful and dangerous conditions.
Detention of children violates their fundamental rights and can cause irreparable damage to their well-being and development. Children belong free from detention and with loved ones who can care for them.
Teachers Against Child Detention (TACD) is a group of teachers led by Mandy Manning, the 2018 National Teacher of the Year. TACD is an alliance between teachers, immigrant advocates, organizations and people concerned about the welfare of innocent immigrant children in U.S. Government detention.
WHAT WE ARE DOING
We call on the U.S. government to end the detention and criminalization of immigrant children and their families. We call, instead, for the government to protect immigrant children, in strict compliance with the Flores decree, without exception for “emergencies” that have allowed children to be incarcerated for extended periods. We demand that immigrant children in U.S. custody (1) never be separated from their families, (2) be held in the least restrictive settings possible, and not in large institutional facilities like and Homestead, Florida, and (3) be released to their sponsors within 20 days as required by Flores.