Family Separation and Imprisonment of Child Asylum Seekers: What is our responsibility and what
can we do? Sunday, Oct. 27th, 7 pm. Alice Levine from the Western MA Jewish Activists for Immigration
Justice will talk about the efforts her group has been engaged in to fight the work of ICE and Customs
and Border Patrol. Where are the children who were housed at Homestead? Were they deported? Detained in another facility? Reunited with family in the US? Placed with sponsors? How can we ensure that Homestead (which still employs a large number of staff in the empty prison) does not reopen? How can we ensure that similar detention camps for children are not opened in any part of the US? How can we contribute to the movement to defund ICE and CBP, arms of our government that make our immigrant neighbors (especially children) live in fear, tear apart our communities, and send people back to the violence and possible death that caused them to flee in the first place?
Alice has spent the last 5 years focusing her social justice work on the interrelated issues of treatment of undocumented immigrants in our communities, militarization of the US border, separation of families and child detention, and US foreign policy in Latin America that has led to the massive influx of people seeking safety in the US. She participated in two delegations to Honduras with Witness for Peace in order to understand the root causes of migration, and also participated in two SOA Watch Border Encuentros at the border between Nogales, AZ and Nogales, Sonora (in Mexico), learning about and protesting increased border militarization and the large number of deaths of those attempting to cross US deserts to get to safety.