What’s Next? Postcard 4 – End Immigrant Detention

Being held in Strafford County Jail, Dover,NH

President Joe Biden signed into order the ending of federal contracts with private for profit prisons. This is a very hopeful first step. However, this sadly does not include immigrant detention centers. The inhumane practice of rounding up hard working immigrants, separating them from their families, detaining them in inhumane detention centers, and deporting them back to the violent countries they fled must end. That’s what the message of this week’s postcard campaign is addressing. End Immigrant Detention. Close Immigrant Detention Centers.

Everything you need for this What’s Next? Postcard 4 campaign, End Immigrant Detention, is below. This campaign requires you to print off one sheet of card stock paper that has 4 copies of the image above, cut the postcards, write your brief message on the 4 postcards (only 4!), address them, stamp them, and mail between Feb 2-5, 2021. See instructions below. Thank you. Together we will end this inhumane practice.

Our luck with the timing of this campaign, with the administration’s and country’s focus on ending private prisons, means we must send these cards out in mass. The message must be clear and strong. End Immigrant Detention. Close Immigrant Detention Centers. Thank you for participating.

This campaign is being sent to President Biden, Vice President Harris, Alejandro Mayorkas (nominated to be head of the Department of Homeland Security) and Xavier Becerra (nominated to be head of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Download Postcard #4 (photo collage of immigrant detention images).
Images available here: https://heartmessageshome.files.wordpress.com/2021/01/37593-postcard4.pdf

Print your postcards: Four postcards per sheet, double sided (needs to include the photo credit on the back) on card stock. You can purchase card stock and cut apart or Avery has postcard stock available that is perforated for separation (any of their products that are 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, 4 per sheet). If you do not have capability to print double sided, you can print single side.

Write your postcards on the theme: End Immigrant Detention. Talking points are suggested. Please hit one or more of these points.

Talking points for Postcard 4 –  End Immigrant Detention:
The entire system of detaining asylum seekers and immigrants must end. 
Children and families are still being held in Family Detention Centers!
Should humans be treated like criminals for simply seeking asylum?
Immigrant detention is a huge money maker – 80% of immigrants are incarcerated in prisons owned by private companies. 
End all private prisons!
ICE acts with impunity, with disregard for Congressional oversight.
Abuse in immigrant detention facilities, from the notorious lack of medical care to sexual abuse, forced sterilization, and use of severe punishments such as isolation for perceived behavioral infractions, is rampant.
In 2020, 21 people died in ICE detention.
During the COVID 19 pandemic, detained immigrants are in danger. People have not been released by ICE and COVID is spreading within facilities and in communities with ICE facilities.
Humane alternatives to detention where asylum seekers and immigrants can be with their families or sponsors as they wait for their court hearings exist.  
Alternatives take much less taxpayer money to implement.
Do not build new detention centers.
Do not renew contracts.
Dismantle detention centers. 

Addresses to mail cards: 
The President 
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue 
Washington, D.C. 20500 

Vice President Harris
The White House
Office of the Vice President
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue 
Washington, DC 20500

The Honorable Alejandro Mayorkas 
Secretary of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528 

The Honorable Xavier Becerra 
Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201

Thank you for your help and support. Together we can end the inhumane practice of detention.

Mary, Julie, Karla, Glen, Nancy, Margaret, Patty

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