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Order to Release Immigrant Central American Families from Detention.

July 28th, 2015

A federal judge in California has ruled that President Obama Administration policy of detention of immigrant mothers and children is a violation of an earlier court settlement and that the families should be released. These immigrant families were put in detention after being caught crossing the U.S/Mexico border illegally. Majority of these immigrant mothers and children are fleeing violence in Central America.

The Missionary Oblates JPIC applauds this decision. Other Faith, Immigrant Rights and Labor groups have welcomed the decision to release immigrant families from detention.

Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration said: “I welcome the ruling of the court and urge the administration to comply with it expeditiously.”

The Bishop added, “There are humane alternatives to detention which would ensure that families avail themselves of the court process but also are able to access legal and social service assistance.”

In March, Archbishop Gustavo Siller of San Antonio, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and Bishop James Tamayo of Laredo, Texas visited families at the detention center in Dilley, Texas. The Bishops called for an end to the detention of families and the use of alternative forms of detention.

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