A dozen people gather to demand the release of women held after the closure of the Burke County Detention Center in Pennsylvania.
Activists from organizations such as the Juntos and Make the Road PA advocate for “freedom” for at least 40 immigrant women, as they say they want to continue in the free community rather than having their immigration cases transferred to another detention center. Can
A spokesperson for the United States Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, for its acronym in English, previously told TELEMUNDO 62 in writing, that “we work to ensure that all facilities we operate are appropriate so that their resources are protected and used properly”.
The federal agency will not renew the contract with the Burke County Detention Center in January 2023. The reason was not clear, but the truth is that they expect the cases of 40 prisoners to be put on hold before that date. “If there are cases that cannot be seen in that time period, the detainees will be shifted to other facilities in a humane manner,” the letter said.
“In fact, even if they are released, they are not going to be released because they are going to continue their process abroad,” said Flor Gonzalez, a member of Make the Road PA. “We know that when they are detained they quickly deport them, so we are asking that they all be released,” said Armando Jimenez, an organizer of the same organization.
The positive of the matter is that according to the ICE communication “we try to take into account the community ties these detainees may have in the community and we try, when transferring them, to treat them as much as their relatives.” Keep it as close as possible.”
In March 2021, eight families held at the Berks Detention Center were evicted, while in February 2022 they resumed incarceration of women and girls at the same location.