FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 21, 2021
Fernanda Durand | (214) 402-0186 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Treviño | (786) 201-8958 | email@example.com
The following is a joint statement from Alianza Americas and Presente.org in response to the recently released data from the 2021 fiscal year that ended in September showing U.S. authorities detained more than 1.7 million migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border:
“Recently released data from the 2021 fiscal year that ended in September shows U.S. authorities detained more than 1.7 million migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border, which reflects the confluence of the economic impact of COVID-19, increasing political instability, and long-standing systems of political, social and economic exclusion which are sadly common throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, the U.S. has failed to update our understanding of migration as a fundamentally positive event in the life of the nation, and to change our laws accordingly. Instead, we continue to be trapped by a white supremacist and deeply xenophobic narrative and laws that result in a pattern of increasing human rights violations perpetrated against people of color, be them Mexicans, Central Americans, or Haitians. It is not too late to correct this course. The Biden-Harris administration should articulate a truly humanitarian response to what amounts to an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, and properly welcome people, including family groups seeking support and protection,” said Oscar Chacon, executive director of Alianza Americas.
“Millions of migrants seeking safety and protection at our border illustrates the ongoing impact the pandemic, the climate crisis, and growing inequality is having around the world. Furthermore, detaining people who are seeking relief fuels the detention center torture-for-profit apparatus. Early on, the Biden administration issued an executive order to end the federal government’s use of private prisons, but didn’t go far enough to apply this to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers. This recently released data is proof that as long as profit incentives are attached to a system of restriction, exclusion, and punishment, the inhumane practice and policy of migrant detention will continue to fester. The Biden-Harris administration needs to change policies as well as the narrative — by recognizing and elevating the tremendous contributions of migrants and refugees. We expect our leaders to act in ways that prioritize care, human rights, and dignity. It’s time President Biden honor the commitments he made on the campaign trail and extend his executive order to end the federal government’s use of private detention centers,” said Matt Nelson, executive director of Presente.org.
“The punitive approach in place until today must be left behind once and for all. The administration can also get real in its commitment to address the root causes of migration and tackle head-on corruption, impunity, and long-standing social and economic policies that keep making the already rich even richer, while ignoring the wellbeing of the majority. Finally, the Biden-Harris administration, alongside the leadership of the Democratic Party, must ensure that generous immigration protections are included in the budget reconciliation package they are working on. We demand that they do everything in their power to provide permanent legal residency to migrant communities and transform our current asylum system,” concluded Chacon.
Alianza Americas is a network of migrant-led organizations working in the United States and transnationally to create an inclusive, equitable and sustainable way of life for communities across North, Central and South America.
Presente.org is the nation’s largest online Latinx organizing group — and the nation’s premier Latinx digital organizing hub — advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture. Presente.org’s mission is to advance Latinx power and create winning campaigns that amplify Latinx voices; expand the political imagination and traditional boundaries; and foster inspiration for freedom, equity, and justice.