Target: Mark Herring, Virginia Attorney General
Goal: Charge the immigration officers who detained a Somali woman and her two children at an airport without food for 20 hours.
A Somali woman and her two children were detained at Dulles airport in Chantilly, Virginia without food for 20 hours because of the president’s ban on travelers to and from seven Muslim countries. There is no excuse for a mother and her children being starved for almost an entire day. Demand officials charge the immigration officers who allowed this to happen.
It was reported that an unnamed woman and her two children arrived at Dulles airport from Kenya and were detained because the mother is from Somalia. This country is part of the president’s current immigration ban.
The immigration officers allegedly became aggressive and tried to pressure the woman to sign the papers for the family to be deported and put her in handcuffs, keeping her cuffed when she needed to use the restroom.
A temporary stay granted by a U.S. District Attorney allowed the family to be released, but only after 20 hours of detainment without food. This treatment of a mother and her children is unacceptable. Demand officials charge the immigration officers who treated this family inhumanely.
Dear Mr. Herring,
A Somali woman and her two children were detained at Dulles airport for almost a full day without food. The mother was even allegedly kept handcuffed when she needed to use the restroom. This is a heartless way to treat people, especially children, who have done nothing wrong.
These actions must have consequences, and the immigration officers who did this cannot think they’re allowed to continue treating people this way. I demand you charge these officers for doing this to this family.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Bridget Coila