BNHR Leads March to Demand End of Construction of Detention Facility for Children
WHAT: BNHR TO LEAD MARCH PROTESTING EL PASO FACILITY FOR MIGRANT CHILDREN
WHEN: at 11 a.m. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1st, 2020
WHERE: STARTING AT 4099 DESERT MEADOWS, MONTANA VISTA, TEXAS, (POZO DE JACOB CHURCH)
On Saturday, Feb. 1st at 11:00 a.m., Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR) will lead a march to protest the development of a new El Paso facility for unaccompanied migrant children in the community of Montana Vista, Texas.
The construction and operation of this new private facility by Caliburn International on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement is a direct result of President Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda. Experts warn that placing children here will likely trap hundreds of minors for months on end as the Trump administration continues to block detained children from the legal services they need to be reunited with family members. Six children died under U.S. Border Patrol custody last year.
“We do not need more jails for immigrant families, we need to end the cruel entrapment of vulnerable children. The administration has shown absolutely no willingness to get these children out of these jails and into relatives’ homes or other humane accommodations,” said Fernando Garcia, executive director for BNHR. “El Paso must not be used as a place for the government to play a vicious political game using innocent children as pawns. Kids belong on playgrounds, not in frightening jails.”
BNHR will continue to fight the U.S. administration’s vicious attempt to use El Paso as a base for abuse. The march will seek the termination of the new building project and demand justice for unaccompanied migrant children and their families.