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Immigration Policy Failures: from Family Separation to Detention Practices

  • Congressional Auditorium, Capitol Visitor Center (map)

“Immigration Policy Failures: from Family Separation to Detention Practices”

Sponsored by: Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member, Committee on Homeland Security

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018
2:00 PM to 4:00PM

Capitol Visitor Center-Congressional Auditorium and Atrium (CVC-200)

RSVP: CHS.RSVP@mail.house.gov

Refreshments will be served

Dear Colleague:

Over the past five years, the United States has seen a shift in the demographics of migrants encountered at our borders. Previously, the majority of these migrants were adult males, often from Mexico, seeking employment. Now, more families and children coming mostly from Central America are seeking protection in the United States. The Trump Administration has scaled up its interior immigration enforcement actions and increasingly detained undocumented migrants who have U.S. citizen children. DHS’ use of family
separation as a deterrent for people seeking asylum or migrating illegally to the United States has long-term ramifications. Despite repeated requests and statements by the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 200 child welfare, juvenile justice and child
development organizations, and Members of Congress to stop the practice, DHS continues to either separate families shortly after apprehension or through immigration enforcement actions and detention.

With immigration policy votes expected to be on the floor of our chamber in the near future, I encourage you to join me in attending a Congressional panel discussion to address family separation. The panel discussion will include perspectives from subject
matter experts and will provide Members and staff with an opportunity to learn more about the long-term effects family separation has on both migrant and U.S. citizen children whose parents are either detained or deported, as well as a background on ICE detention

Moderated by:

Tom Jawetz, Vice President, Immigration Policy at Center for American Progress


Ryan Mace, Grassroots Advocacy & Refugee Specialist, Amnesty International USA

Sanjeev K. Sriram, MD, MPH, Physician and Health Justice Activist, Doctors for America

Allen Orr, American Immigration Lawyers Association

Jennifer Podkul, Director of Policy, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

Jennifer Quigley, Advocacy Strategist, Refugee Protection at Human Rights First

Catholic Charities USA, TBD


Bennie G. Thompson

Ranking Member