Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained Pablos on March 7 “in retaliation” for protesting the Department of Homeland Security at a rally in Virginia earlier this year, according to advocates.
The petitioners do not understand why Pennsylvania officials haven't exercised their authority to close the facility "despite evidence of serious regulatory violations."
"People have power and I want them to begin using it to hold their government accountable for the abuse it does to people like me," said one formerly detained asylum seeker.
Scott Lloyd implied that the Office of Refugee Resettlement will be shifting gears and developing stricter standards for which young people get accepted into ORR custody.
The 15-year-old girl who was detained alongside her father in an otherwise all-male facility told Rewire.News prior to her release on March 23, "The only privacy I have is when I shower. I don't feel comfortable here."
"When someone's whole life has been built here—they've created a family, started a business, become a reliable employee, bought a home—no one gains by disrupting these lives and communities by ending their status and providing no way for them to adjust their status and lawfully remain in the U.S. This is very much tragic for America."
An attorney with the American Immigration Council finds ICE’s new policy "extra alarming" given the added context that the Trump administration is also moving to both “lower standards in detention centers and crack down on due process for immigrants in detention, creating extra barriers for individuals to have a meaningful day in court.”
In Alabama, a Liberian Teacher Awaits Her Fate as Deadline Looms for Little-Known Immigration Program (Updated)
President Donald Trump has until March 31 to make his decision about whether to extend the program, as previous presidents have done.
Laura Monterrosa released a letter in November outlining the abuse she experienced by a guard employed by CoreCivic, the for-profit company that contracts with ICE.
“For too long, young people, women of color, and immigrants have borne the brunt of extreme anti-abortion policies. No more. Scott Lloyd must go.”
Press freedoms are under attack now, more than ever.