1/ Just spent a week working pro bono with CARA at DETENTION center in #Dilley Texas (oddly renamed "residential" center) to prepare the #SUPERWOMEN being held there prepare for their credible fear interviews. They told me ghastly stories of persecution suffered in lawless
2/ countries at the hands of gangs who terrorize and extort them, then beat, rape and threaten to kill them and their children if they dare go to the police or say "enough," AND/OR countries with such weak laws, corrupt police, and/or corrupt government officials that are
3/ effectively lawless when it comes to protecting women from violent husbands who treat them like property by repeatedly raping them, telling them they are worthless SIMPLY because they are WOMEN, restricting their freedom to work, express political views, attend church, see
4/ friends and family, sometimes locking them in the house, forcing them to do any labor they think fit, then preventing them from escaping. Having summoned the courage to escape from, in many cases, a lifetime of being brutalized, these strong and amazing women then undertook,
5/ with their small children, incredibly harrowing journeys north to seek #asylum in what they thought was a "safe and "welcoming" country. These women are also the fiercest and best moms any child could ask for, sometimes having to leave behind other children to protect those
6/ that are being threatened. Why wouldn't we want these #wonderwomen in our country? They are legitimately seeking #asylum and tick every box required to enter. Makes no sense. Some have been able to cross on a bridge through a legal port of entry. For the others, their
7/ MISDEMEANOR crime? In desperation, crossing a river instead of a bridge. Besides being cruel, is this being done simply to profit CORE CIVIC, a private prison found by GOP Party chairman in the 1980s? CC receives, FROM THE TAXPAYERS THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS PER NIGHT PER PERSON.
8/ #endfamilydetention @stop _child_det
and muchos gracias to the amazing @sisterhazelbbb who left her three small children at home for a week to make it possible for me to communicate with our #superwomen
I should note the #Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association have joined forces and are collectively known as CARA, i.e., CARA Family
Detention Pro Bono Representation and Advocacy Project. So when I hear #Christians, particularly #Catholics, spew hatred and ill will towards what they like to call "the illegals" I'm not only angry, but astounded at the pure hypocrisy of it all. #Familiesbelongtogether

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