Colectivo Santuario is not taking no for an answer anymore. "We are going to get people out of sanctuary. We are going to stop their deportations. We're not going to stand for people being incarcerated in churches anymore," said one organizer.
"They thought this letter that has no legal standing would scare us into hiding. It's going to take more than that," explained Phillip Agnew, co-director of the Dream Defenders.
Within the span of a few weeks, a child died after leaving a Texas detention center and a senior woman died in custody at a California facility.
"Being in detention doesn't just affect the person in detention; it affects the whole family. And when one family member is detained, that too is family separation."
Advocacy groups like the UndocuBlack Network framed the Trump administration's decision as simply putting Somalis on an "18-month notice."
U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, who issued the court order requiring separated families be reunited, said in a Tuesday status conference that the deadlines in place are "firm deadlines" and not "aspirational goals."
Under this administration, calls to keep families together can be used to justify family detention, according to advocates. For those seeking to prevent human rights abuses against immigrant communities, the demands must be more far-reaching and reflect experiences that extend beyond what is happening at the border.
In granting the preliminary injunction, U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty observed that the policy was "at the zenith of impermissible agency actions.”
Family separation is a devastating American tradition. And now migrant children will be lost in a system where there is no plan to reunite them with parents or guardians.
‘The Oppressive Regime We’re Now Living Under’: A Q&A With Two Immigration Attorneys Seeking Justice for ‘Jane Doe’
Rewire.News recently spoke with Brigitte Amiri and Rochelle Garza about the SCOTUS ruling in Azar v. Garza, what permanent relief for migrants in ORR custody might look like, and the retaliation immigration lawyers face under the Trump administration.
Get the facts, direct to your inbox. Subscribe to our daily or weekly digest.