The IM4US Policy Committee wrote a letter in response to the surge in immigrant children and family detentions and the current Administration’s defiance of the Flores Agreement. The 1997 Flores Agreement protects the human rights of minors in detention by limiting the length of detention of undocumented people. It also sets standards for adequate food and water, medical care, temperature control, and access to legal counsel.
The current administration has not complied with the Flores Agreement, and has proposed a change in federal regulations that would allow the indefinite detainment of children. It is crucial that we act now, as the current administration:
- builds tent cities to hold children in detention (currently over 13,000 children are in detention);
- threatens to separate additional families;
- dehumanizes thousands of asylum-seekers as they seek safety from life-threatening situations
As an organization dedicated to serving the most vulnerable members of our communities, IM4US is advocating for these minors’ human rights, to prevent a generation of trauma. There is significant evidence that adverse childhood experiences negatively impact mental and physical health outcomes. Thus, trauma caused by family separations and inhumane detention conditions threatens the current and future health of these youngsters and their families.
While the period for public comment is over, we encourage all of you in our IM4US community to support the protection and health of families by sending this letter or contacting your senators and representatives on this issue. The more voices behind this important cause, the greater likelihood of effecting change.
Please see full official IM4US letter below.
IM4US Policy Committee