Advocacy Groups: Stop Separating Families at Border

Groups file emergency request to reunite immigrant families

Advocacy Groups: Stop Separating Families at Border

The Texas Civil Rights Project, Women's Refugee Commission, UT School of Law Immigration Clinic, and law firm Garcia & Garcia filed an emergency request this month with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to immediately require the U.S. government to reunite immigrant families torn apart by federal policies. The Trump administration under Attorney General Jeff Sessions began a new policy on May 7 to separate parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border. Parents are prosecuted while children are sent to shelters. The groups have documented five "inconsolable" parents who have "no idea" where their children have been taken or if they will ever see them again after being separated in South Texas. In one instance, they note, a Border Patrol agent told a mother they were taking her daughter for a bath, but never returned her child. They hope the human rights commission pushes the government to ensure that no parent is removed from the country without being allowed to decide whether the child will return to the home country with them or remain in the U.S. to seek relief. The groups expect IACHR to notify the state department this week as well as (hopefully) launch an investigation. They anticipate a decision within a month. "Punishing people for fleeing violence to send a message is not only cruel, but also a violation of the international rights and conventions to which the United States is a party," said Efrén Olivares with the TCRP.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More immigration
Point Austin: Who We Are
Point Austin: Who We Are
Treatment of desperate immigrants a stark test of the American idea

Michael King, June 22, 2018

SXSW Documentary Gives Migrants in Austin a New Voice
SXSW Documentary Gives Migrants in Austin a New Voice
Learning to listen with They Live Here, Now

Nina Hernandez, March 9, 2018

More by Mary Tuma
Equity Under the Lens
Equity Under the Lens
City office releases first equity assessment

June 22, 2018

Groups File Expansive Suit to Challenge Dozens Of Abortion Restrictions
Groups File Expansive Suit to Challenge Dozens Of Abortion Restrictions
Lawsuit filed Thursday in Austin federal court

June 14, 2018

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

immigration, Jeff Sessions, Efrén Olivares

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2018

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle