It’s a little hard to believe but it’s just the reality we are living in right now. Catholic Charities has signed a contract with ICE and is now actively detaining mothers and children, these are the families who were separated from their kids on the border. For a week now we have been fielding calls from loved ones all over the U.S. who have been unable to reach relatives who were locked up and separated under the Trump Zero Tolerance policy. After a few days of searching for them we uncovered a retreat center in San Juan, Texas, belonging to Catholic Charities, where these families are being held.
This is illegal. People who have been released from here have reported that they were unable to call anyone while being held. They were told their loved ones around the U.S. did not have permission to come pick them up, or even book travel arrangements for them to leave.
These families are being held hostage by Catholic Charities and we need it to stop. There is no reason why Catholic Charities should be working this closely with ICE, and pretty much treating these families as bad, if not worse, than ICE does in its own detention center.