Release Immigrant Children Detained for Months

Target: U.S. President Barack Obama

Goal: Immediately release the mothers and children who have been detained in immigrant detention centers for many months.

A group of mothers have gone on a hunger strike after being held in detention with their children for several months for being undocumented immigrants or asylum seekers. This began after a claim by Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson that immigration authorities have been “ensuring the average length of stay at [family detention] facilities is 20 days or less.”

These 22 mothers have said that they and their children have been held in immigrant detention for much longer than 20 days–some of them up to a year. Reports have described appalling conditions in these detention centers, including severe overcrowding and accusations of medical neglect. These women have been on a hunger strike for over a week out of desperation to get their children out of these hellish facilities.

Nobody should have to be held in detention simply for trying to escape incredibly dangerous conditions in their home countries. The U.S. in particular is supposed to welcome people looking for a better life. Detaining mothers and children for several months without trial in crowded an ill-equipped facilities is completely inhumane. Sign our petition to demand that President Obama order immediate action to ensure these people are released as soon as possible.


Dear President Obama,

A group of 22 mothers in immigrant detention with their young children have gone on a hunger strike to protest the fact that they have been held in terrible conditions for months. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson claimed that the average amount of time immigrants and asylum seekers are kept in these detention centers is 20 days, but these mothers say they and their children have been there for 80 days to a full year.

The United States is a place that people are supposed to be able to come to for a better life. The people in immigration detention centers are fleeing conditions that are so dangerous that they have to leave everything behind in order to avoid being killed. Thanks to our utterly insufficient detention centers, reported to be massively overcrowded and failing to give appropriate medical care, children who ran from their homes are now contemplating suicide according to their desperate mothers.

Something needs to be done before it’s too late. Hunger strikes and suicidal ideation alike are very dangerous, and these people do not deserve to die. Please issue an executive order to force these immigration detention centers to act immediately to release these women and their children and ensure no one else is forced to stay in these facilities for longer than 20 days.


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Photo credit: Adam.J.W.C.

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