San Antonio, TX – In response to the situation involving migrant children detained at the Freeman Coliseum, RAICES released the following statement:
“Despite earlier reports that RAICES provides services at the Freeman Coliseum in Bexar County, TX, our organization has not been contacted to provide the legal services there that we have provided in similar locations, including Lackland Air Force Base, Fort Bliss, Tornillo and Carrizo Springs.” said Jonathan Ryan, CEO at RAICES. “We don’t have any information on the current situation inside the facility, and are unable to comment on the issues being raised by Governor Abbott.”
“We do want to make it clear that our priority is the well-being of the children, and because of that, we have joined other organizations in San Antonio calling for more oversight on these children detention facilities. That demand stands,” he continued.
“It is also clear to us that the only reason why Abbott is now acting like he cares about the children in these facilities, is for political reasons. Abbott has constantly and historically contributed to the dehumanization and attacks against migrant children and their families. It is because of Texas anti-immigrant laws and policies supported and signed by him, that sponsors and parents of these kids are unable and afraid to go through the process required to reunite with their children and get them out of detention.”
“What the Governor wants is for the Biden administration to stop allowing children to seek home and safety in this country. That is not the solution to the challenge we have in front of us. We must ensure the children are released as soon as possible and be reunited with their families in the U.S.”