May 20, 2014
Ben Soskin
(202) 225-1766

PRESS ADVISORY - House Democrats to Call for End to Family Detention Program

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) and a growing number of other House Democrats, alongside former detainees and legal advocates, will call on the Department of Homeland Security to end its immigrant family detention program in a press conference Thursday morning.

The lawmakers, led by Congresswoman Roybal-Allard, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), and Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez (IL-04), will voice concerns over inhumane conditions and the harmful effects of incarceration on the psychological health and well-being of children and families as they await the adjudication of their cases in immigration court.

The family detention program, administered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has come under increasing criticism following the recent and rapid increase in detention – particularly for the purpose of detaining vulnerable asylum seekers, families and children. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the New York Times Editorial Board, and Members of Congress have called on the Administration to end its policy of incarcerating children and women, and instead discharge detainees on supervised or monitored release pending the disposition of their case.

WHAT: Press Conference Calling for an End to Immigrant Family Detention Program

WHEN: Thursday, May 21, at 10:00 AM ET

WHERE: 1310 Longworth House Office Building

WHO: Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Ranking Member – House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (IL-04), Co-Chair – Immigration Task Force, Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Ranking Member – House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security
Rep. Linda Sánchez (CA-38), Chair – Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), Chair – Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02), Chair – Immigration Task Force, Progressive Caucus
Rep. Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), Co-Chair – Immigration Task Force, Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Rep. Beto O’Rourke (TX-16)
Rep. Adam Smith (WA-09)
Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26)
Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-21)
Maria Rosa Lopez, mother recently released from family detention
Dree K. Collopy, pro bono attorney, partner at Benach Ragland. LLP

RSVP TO: Peter Whippy,