D.C. Federal Strikes Blow Against Mass Detention of Central American Families

A federal district court in Washington, D.C., today has granted a temporary injunction to the class of Central American women and children who a) have been/will be detained by the US Department of Homeland Security; b) have been or will be determined to have a credible fear of persecution in their home countries; c) are otherwise eligible for release on bond, recognizance, or other conditions; but d) have been or will be denied such released based on ICE custody determination that took deterrence of mass migration into account.

What does this mean? It does not end family detention, but it means that the Dept of Homeland Security, in particular ICE, can no longer detain women and children on the basis that releasing them on bond would encourage mass migration.

It means that ICE must make decisions about bond/other forms of release based on the INDIVIDUAL circumstances of each person. Is this individual woman/child, herself/himself, a flight risk? Is this individual person a threat to community safety? Does this individual person pose a threat to national security?

Whoa-ho! Deciding about detaining people or not based on their individual histories. INDIVIDUAL DETERMINATIONS!!!

What a concept!!!!! Thank you Denise Gilman and Lindsay Nash and ACLU and all Karnes/Artesia/Dilley team!!!!

Click on the images below to view the Memorandum and Order:

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