Formerly detained Chicagoans join national call to end immigrant detention


Screen shot 2015-08-04 at 3.33.26 PMImmigrant families and supporters rally in front of Chicago immigration building joining dozens of groups around the country to call attention to the cruelty of immigrant detention.

What: Immigrant advocacy groups and families will gather in front of the Chicago Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office to hear testimonies of those formerly detained and to call for an end to immigrant detention.

When: Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 12 PM (Families will begin to gather at 11:30 AM)

Where: ICE field office, 101 W. Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL

Who: Formerly detained community members will speak out against detention with support from immigrant groups and Chicago-based community organizations. The event is being led by members of Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD), a part of the national Not One More Deportation campaign.

Why: Every day there are 34,000 people detained in private and federally run detention centers across the U.S. Immigrants detained in the Chicago area are held at the McHenry County Jail in Woodstock, the Tri County Detention Center downstate and county jails in Dodge and Kenosha Counties in Wisconsin.  Many of the immigrants held in detention are not threats to public safety and many are detained only on the bases of immigration violations.

Even under the best detention conditions, immigrants experience isolation, depression and trauma. This event is part of a national week of action to end immigrant detention.“One lives in constant humiliation inside the detention center, from being chained with iron locks at the hands and feet, to wearing old used and torn up uniforms. ” explained Felipe Diosdado, a Chicago father who spent several days in immigration detention last year and who will be speaking at the event. “You can’t see the sun or the stars, the entire experience is designed to make you feel like you are worthless,” he concluded.

Detained immigrants across the country have staged a series of protests, including hunger-strikes, to denounce the abuse they suffer inside, tomorrow we will join them in calling for an end to all immigrant detention.


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