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House Democrats Set to Visit Immigrant Detention Centers (Eng/Esp)

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Karnes County, TX- With pressure growing on the Obama Administration to find a solution to the growing immigration problems in the country, eight House Democrats will be visiting two immigrant family detention centers next week. The administration has faced a continuous amount of criticism over these family detention centers while the critical lawsuit in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals is still in the process of being settled.

Karnes County, TX- With pressure growing on the Obama Administration to find a solution to the growing immigration problems in the country, eight House Democrats will be visiting two immigrant family detention centers next week. The administration has faced a continuous amount of criticism over these family detention centers while the critical lawsuit in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals is still in the process of being settled.

The lawmakers who will visit the center include Democratic Whip and Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, Texas Reps. Joaquin Castro and Sheila Jackson Lee, California Reps. Judy Chu, Lucille Roybal-Allard and Zoe Lofgren, Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez and Arizona Rep. Raul Gijalva. They are expected to visit on June 22 and 23. They are representatives who are part of a larger group of Congressional Democrats who have spoken out strongly against family detention in recent weeks.

The representatives are using this trip to see the conditions of the centers for themselves. This comes after reports have recently surfaced saying that young children are being held in prison-like conditions and parents are being abused and mistreated. The lawmakers will report on their visit after they return.

Many immigrants’ rights advocates, lawyers and members of Congress say these centers put refugees and asylum seekers in harmful conditions. In May, 136 House Democrats signed a letter to the Department of Homeland Security which described the conditions in the center as “jail-like” and urged the department to close the centers that are spread around the country.

Authorities from the Department of Justice are expected to come out soon with an agreement over the future of family detentions after a federal judge ruled in April that the practice likely violated a previous settlement over detaining children in immigrant detention centers.

The U.S District Court gave federal authorities a month to come up with a solution to the problem. That deadline has been extended and both sides have until tonight to submit a report or risk potentially requiring the government to release the families.

The families in the center have tried several ways to improve their living conditions; such as filing lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by detention staff and going on weeklong hunger strikes to protest the deteriorating health of their children, as they claim.

Earlier this month, a 19-year-old Honduran immigrant who was detained at Karnes, wrote a suicide note and cut her wrists in the facility bathroom in response to the conditions and treatment she has faced in the center. She lived and was deported back to Honduras shortly after the incident.

Some authorities; however, do not intend on changing the way the system is run and how the detention facilities are set up. They say that the centers help keep families in place while they await trial instead of simply apprehending them and escorting them back to their countries “from the nearest bus station.”

As a result; there has been a significant drop in the number of migrants that are apprehended at the border. Some attribute this to the policy currently in place; however, numbers show that Mexican deportations of Central Americans back to their home countries has gone up 79 percent since this time in 2014.

Karnes County, TX- With pressure growing on the Obama Administration to find a solution to the growing immigration problems in the country, eight House Democrats will be visiting two immigrant family detention centers next week. The administration has faced a continuous amount of criticism over these family detention centers while the critical lawsuit in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals is still in the process of being settled.

The lawmakers who will visit the center include Democratic Whip and Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, Texas Reps. Joaquin Castro and Sheila Jackson Lee, California Reps. Judy Chu, Lucille Roybal-Allard and Zoe Lofgren, Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez and Arizona Rep. Raul Gijalva. They are expected to visit on June 22 and 23. They are representatives who are part of a larger group of Congressional Democrats who have spoken out strongly against family detention in recent weeks.

The representatives are using this trip to see the conditions of the centers for themselves. This comes after reports have recently surfaced saying that young children are being held in prison-like conditions and parents are being abused and mistreated. The lawmakers will report on their visit after they return.

Many immigrants’ rights advocates, lawyers and members of Congress say these centers put refugees and asylum seekers in harmful conditions. In May, 136 House Democrats signed a letter to the Department of Homeland Security which described the conditions in the center as “jail-like” and urged the department to close the centers that are spread around the country.

Authorities from the Department of Justice are expected to come out soon with an agreement over the future of family detentions after a federal judge ruled in April that the practice likely violated a previous settlement over detaining children in immigrant detention centers.

The U.S District Court gave federal authorities a month to come up with a solution to the problem. That deadline has been extended and both sides have until tonight to submit a report or risk potentially requiring the government to release the families.

The families in the center have tried several ways to improve their living conditions; such as filing lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by detention staff and going on weeklong hunger strikes to protest the deteriorating health of their children, as they claim.

Earlier this month, a 19-year-old Honduran immigrant who was detained at Karnes, wrote a suicide note and cut her wrists in the facility bathroom in response to the conditions and treatment she has faced in the center. She lived and was deported back to Honduras shortly after the incident.

Some authorities; however, do not intend on changing the way the system is run and how the detention facilities are set up. They say that the centers help keep families in place while they await trial instead of simply apprehending them and escorting them back to their countries “from the nearest bus station.”

As a result; there has been a significant drop in the number of migrants that are apprehended at the border. Some attribute this to the policy currently in place; however, numbers show that Mexican deportations of Central Americans back to their home countries has gone up 79 percent since this time in 2014.

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Karnes County, TX - con la presión creciente en la administración de Obama para encontrar una solución a los crecientes problemas de inmigración en el país, ocho demócratas de la casa visitará dos centros de detención de familiares de inmigrantes la semana que viene. La administración ha enfrentado a una cantidad constante de crítica sobre estos centros de detención familiar mientras que el juicio crítico en la 5 º Tribunal de circuito de Apelaciones está todavía en proceso de ser colocado.


Los legisladores que visitarán el centro incluyen azote democrático y representante de Maryland Steny Hoyer, Texas satélite-Asia Joaquin Castro y Sheila Jackson Lee, California representantes Judy Chu, Lucille Roybal-Allard y Zoe Lofgren, congresista de Illinois Luis Gutiérrez y congresista de Arizona Raúl Gijalva. Se espera que visite el 22 y 23 de junio. Son representantes que forman parte de un grupo de congresistas demócratas que han hablado hacia fuera fuertemente contra la detención familiar en las últimas semanas.


Los representantes están utilizando este viaje para conocer las condiciones de los centros. Esto viene después de informes han surgido recientemente diciendo que los niños están detenidos en condiciones similares a la cárcel y los padres están siendo abusados y maltratados. Los legisladores presentará un informe sobre su visita después de regresar.


Defensores de los derechos de muchos inmigrantes, abogados y miembros del Congreso dicen que estos centros ponen a refugiados y solicitantes de asilo en condiciones perjudiciales. En mayo de 136 casa demócratas firmaron una carta para el Departamento de seguridad nacional que describe las condiciones en el centro como "prisión-como" e instó a Departamento para cerrar los centros que se extienden alrededor del país.


Las autoridades del Departamento de Justicia se esperan que salga pronto un acuerdo sobre el futuro de la familias detenciones después de que un juez federal dictaminó en abril que la práctica probablemente violó un acuerdo previo sobre detención de niños en centros de detención de inmigrantes.


La corte de districto de Estados Unidos dio a las autoridades federales un mes para llegar a una solución al problema. Ese plazo se ha ampliado y ambas partes tienen hasta esta noche para presentar un informe o el riesgo potencial que requiere el gobierno para liberar a las familias.


Las familias en el centro han intentado varias maneras de mejorar sus condiciones de vida; como presentar demandas judiciales alegando abuso sexual por personal de la detención y pasando una semana huelgas de hambre para protestar por la deteriorada salud de sus hijos, como dicen.


A principios de este mes, un inmigrante hondureño de 19 años de edad que fue detenido en Karnes, escribió una nota de suicidio y cortar sus muñecas en el baño de la planta en respuesta a las condiciones y el tratamiento que ha enfrentado en el centro. Vivió y fue deportado a Honduras poco después del incidente.


Algunas autoridades; sin embargo, no tiene la intención de cambiar la forma que se ejecuta el sistema y cómo se establecen los centros de detención. Dicen que los centros ayudan a mantener a las familias en su lugar mientras esperan juicio en lugar de simplemente detenerles y les escoltaba a sus países "de la más cercana estación de autobuses."


Como un resultado; ha habido una caída significativa en el número de migrantes que son detenidos en la frontera. Algunos atribuyen esto a la política actualmente en vigor; sin embargo, los números muestran que mexicanos deportaciones de centroamericanos hacia sus países de origen ha subido 79 por ciento desde este momento en 2014.

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