GreenLatinos believes that all people deserve to live in environmentally safe, just, and vibrant communities. Our work to advance environmental justice and civil rights extends to our immigrant communities and we will continue to stand up for just and humane treatment to ensure their health and well-being.
We encourage our members and allies to sign their name to our letter to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security to protect our immigrant families and children.
Please sign the petition by 12:00PM EST, Tuesday, November 06, 2018
The Trump Administration adamantly continues its attack on immigrant communities and families. The Trump Administration is intentionally defying the Flores Agreement, arguing for the indefinite detainment of children and their families.
What is the FLORES AGREEMENT?
The Flores Agreement was the first document to establish guidelines for the treatment of children in the immigration detention system. The case originated with Jenny Lisette Flores, a 15-year-old child from El Salvador who came to the United States in 1985. Jenny fled the violence of El Salvador to be reunited with her aunt, who was living in the United States; however, she never made it to her aunt’s home.
The Flores Agreement requires “immigration officials detaining minors to provide:
(1) food and drinking water,
(2) medical assistance in the event of emergencies,
(3) toilets and sinks,
(4) adequate temperature control and ventilation,
(5) adequate supervision to protect minors from others,
(6) separation [of children] from unrelated adults whenever possible.”
Additionally, the FSA requires that the ICE to (1) ensure the prompt release of children from immigration detention; (2) place children for whom release is pending, or for whom no release option is available, in the “least restrictive” setting appropriate to the age and special needs of minors; and (3) implement standards relating to care and treatment of children in U.S. immigration detention.
The period for public comment on the Trump Administration's proposal is open until November 6, 2018. Visit the Federal Register rule proposal page for full details.
Thank you for speaking out,
In service & solidarity,