A Call for Ending Family Detention as “Wish for the Holidays”

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard .

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard .

The call has been made maid by congressional immigration leaders and children. Capitol Hill press conference will exhibit children’s letters to families in ICE custody.

 

Washington, DC – On Wednesday, December 9, at 12:00 PM ET, the Congressional Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform and the We Belong Together Campaign will be joined by children at a Capitol Hill press conference to call for an end to America’s family detention system.  Ten members of Congress will speak out about the need to end family detention, as will a child who was held in a detention facility.

The press conference will also display enlargements of handwritten cards that elementary school-aged children have written to children who will spend this holiday season inside detention facilities.  The children’s cards, which are part of We Belong Together’s “A Wish for the Holidays” letter-writing campaign, express the children’s holiday wish that the families in detention be released.  Some of the local children who wrote cards will also speak at the press conference.

 

WHAT: Press conference by congressional immigration leaders and children to call for an end to family detention.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at 12:00 PM ET.

WHERE: 2103 Rayburn House Office Building.

WHO: The Congressional Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform in conjunction with the We Belong Together Campaign.  Speakers include:

  • Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), chair of the Congressional Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform
  • Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (CA-19)
  • Congressman Luis Gutiérrez (IL-04)
  • Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-38)
  • Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06)
  • Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13)
  • Congresswoman Norma Torres (CA-35)
  • Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01)
  • Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-01)
  • Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27)
  • Sameera Hafiz, policy director at We Belong Together
  • Wendy Cervantes, vice president of immigration and child rights at First Focus
  • A child who was held in a detention facility
  • Local children who participated in the letter-writing campaign

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About Ramón Jiménez

Ramón Jiménez, actual Managing Editor de MetroLatinoUSA. Periodista que cubre eventos de las comunidades latinas en Washington D.C., Maryland y Virginia. Graduado de la Escuela de Periodismo de la Universidad del Distrito de Columbia. Galardonado en numerosas ocasiones por parte de la Asociación Nacional de Publicaciones Hispanas (NAHP) y otras organizaciones comunitarias y deportivas de la región metropolitana de esta capital. También premiado en dos ocasiones como Mejor Periodista del Año por la cobertura de la comunidad salvadoreña; premios otorgados por la Oficina de Asuntos Latinos del Alcalde de Washington (OLA) y otras organizaciones. Ha sido miembro del jurado calificador en diferentes concursos literarios, de belleza y talento en la región metropolitana. Ha visitado zonas de desastre en Nicaragua, Honduras y El Salvador e invitado a esos países por organizaciones que asisten a personas de escasos recursos económicos. Antes trabajó en otros medios de prensa de Virginia y Washington, D.C., incluyendo reportajes para una agencia noticiosa mundial.

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