Statement on Department of Justice Response to Family Detention Court Order
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Luis V. Gutiérrez (D- Ill.), and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) today issued the below statement following the Department of Justice's response to U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee's ruling that the detention of immigrant women and children violated terms of the Flores Settlement:
"It's disappointing that the Administration continues to push to jail women and children seeking asylum. The overwhelming evidence shows that detention facilities are harmful to the health and well-being of children, and the facts show that these asylum seekers will show up for their immigration hearings if they are placed in alternatives to jail.
"The writing is on the wall – family detention is unacceptable, un-American, and will end. Rather than fight the court's ruling, the right and moral response is to swiftly take the necessary steps to bring our nation's detention policy in line with the Flores settlement agreement."
Lofgren, Gutiérrez, and Roybal-Allard are leading critics of the controversial immigrant family detention program, and last week led a letter from 178 House Democrats urging the Department of Homeland Security to quickly comply with Judge Gee's order and end family detention.