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Groups Demand Release of Infants from Immigration Jails

March 01, 2019 (1 min read)

AIC, AILA, CLINIC Legal, Feb. 28, 2019

"We write to bring your attention to an alarming increase in the number of infants being held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody. As of today, there are at least nine infants under one year of age detained in the South Texas Family Residential Center (STFRC) in Dilley, Texas, at least one of whom has been detained for more than 20 days. We write to demand the simultaneous release of these infants and their mothers as authorized by the regulations at 8 C.F.R. § 1236.3(b)(2), 8 C.F.R. § 212.5(b) and 8 C.F.R. § 235.3(b)(2)(iii). ICE is required to meet basic standards of care for minor noncitizens in its custody. It repeatedly has demonstrated an inability to do so."