Please join us to ask Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Eloy Mayor Joel Belloc and Florence Mayor Tara Walters to urge ICE Field Office Director Enrique Lucero to release #LaPalma32 and all migrants currently detained in different facilities throughout Arizona, and pressure Governor Ducey to release people in Arizona prisons. Your support is also necessary to ask Mayors Belloc and Walters to not renew the contract with ICE for the detention centers in their communities.
This week a group of 32 medically compromised migrants detained in La Palma Correctional Center in Eloy sent a letter to Trans Queer Pueblo saying they feared for their lives (full letter here). A few weeks prior, another letter was sent sounding the alarm on abysmal detention conditions. The writers shared that, after protesting lockdowns, they were sprayed with tear gas, shot with rubber bullets, and put in solitary confinement.
LGBTQ migrants are in even more danger due to sexual harassment, assault and solitary confinement. The negligence towards people in detention potentially infected, and the lies of the guards who try to hide the seriousness of COVID-19 from the detainees is unacceptable, even criminal. As a matter of fact, not only migrants and asylum seekers are at risk, but also those who work at these facilities and their families.
As of May 13th, there are at least 121 KNOWN cases of COVID19 in Arizona Detention Centers. At the beginning of the pandemic crisis, public health officials compared keeping detention centers at current capacity to a tinderbox ready to explode. Their predictions are becoming true.
Join us to demand ICE and AZ DOC to release all detainees and incarcerated people and, while this happens, let's demand Arizona authorities provide additional precautions for those who are at high risk such as LGBTQ people, pregnant and chronically ill people, people with compromised immune systems or disabilities.
As members of different Arizona’s communities, we are ready to support all people coming out of detention or incarceration with the proper care and resources so that they are able to stay safe in this pandemic.
Liberate all migrants and incarcerated people now!
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