AUSTIN | Feb 4: Register to speak at Tx DFPS hearing on licensing family prisons as “childcare facilities”

JOIN US! We need your help to stop prisons from being licensed as child care facilities! #EndFamilyDetention

By Zeke Peña

By Zeke Peña | Visions From The Inside collection

Via Virginia Raymond

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has acknowledged that its purpose in licensing the ICE family detention centers, run by private prison corporations GEO and CCA in Karnes City & Dilley is to aid immigration enforcement.  Judge Gee’s order left two options:  license the family detention centers or close them.

The argument to keep them open claims that closing these family prisons would send undocumented people into communities, in violation of federal immigration policy.  (Since when do Texas officials spend state resources on supporting President Obama’s immigration policy?) 

We need to be at the DFPS Council hearing in full force to remind DFPS that its job is to protect children in Texas.  The public portion of the meeting will take place on:

Thursday, February 4
11:30 a.m.
Brown Heatley Building, Room #1410
4900 North Lamar Boulevard
Austin, Texas.

Link to event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1660648604188072/

Texas DFPS meeting agenda: http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/About_DFPS/Public_Meetings/Council/2016/2015-02-04_Meeting_Agenda.asp

We are most interested in Agenda items #3, the Commissioner’s Report, and #4, public testimony.

Register to provide public testimony at this link: http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/About_DFPS/Public_Meetings/Council/registration.asp

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