This blog post was written by actor and activist, Alyssa Milano.
This week I had the opportunity to observe the attorneys and caseworkers of RAICES in action at various locations around Texas. My first stop was the Greyhound bus station in San Antonio where newly-released detainees are dropped off by ICE. There, RAICES staff like Mariela (pictured above) as well as a team of dedicated volunteers, make sure these people make it to their next destination and inform them of their rights. My next stop was the Karnes Detention Facility where I was delayed for over an hour before finally being allowed entry to speak with the fathers and their sons being held there. Finally, I traveled to El Paso near the Tornillo tent city to see for myself how the facility is run. My observations and the actions I’m taking are documented below.
Separating families and traumatizing children is a choice we don’t need to keep making. We know how to fairly examine each case in a safe space.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 13, 2018
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All people have rights. We need to respect those basic rights and uphold our values. #Tornillo pic.twitter.com/F52Urr3uKP
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When we arrived at Karnes Detention Center there was something serious enough going on that there was a sniper out front. When I asked about what was going on, I was told it was a drill. #FamilySeparation pic.twitter.com/49UTbNwJN8— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 11, 2018
I will be spending the next two days imbedded with @RAICESTEXAS to learn and to listen and to better understand the plight of asylum seekers at the border.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 11, 2018
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