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Tell DHS Secretary Mayorkas: Detention Is not the Answer for People Seeking Refuge

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Hunger strikes, force-feeding, family separation, poor hygiene protocols, and sub-standard COVID-19 mitigation measures. This is what awaits people seeking asylum in the United States as soon as they are put in an immigration detention facility.

The evidence we’ve collected is clear: there is no justifiable reason to continue traumatizing people seeking refuge by forcibly detaining them especially when there are viable alternatives to detention available.

Please send a message to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas today urging him to end detention for desperate families and individuals who come to the United States seeking refuge, and instead invest in alternatives that keep families safe, together, and protect their health and human rights.

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Detention Is not the Answer for People Seeking Refuge
Dear Secretary Mayorkas,

I’m writing today to urge you to stop placing asylum seekers in immigration detention facilities, including those run by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), as well as privately-run centers. People seeking asylum protection or refuge in the United States should instead be processed through community-based case management programs. Immigration detention facilities are ill-equipped to handle the care, protection, and humane treatment of the adults and children fleeing violence and seeking safety in the United States.

For close to 20 years, Physicians for Human Rights has collected evidence of the harm and trauma that is compounded by detention once people end up in immigration detention facilities. From hunger strikes, force-feeding, family separation, poor hygiene protocols, and sub-standard COVID-19 mitigation measures – it is past time to end detention for asylum seekers and those seeking refuge and instead invest in viable alternatives to detention that afford people appropriate and humane care while they await legal proceedings.

These people deserve protection, not prison. It’s time for the Biden administration to stop relying on detention when humane alternatives exist.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]