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WASHINGTON – As the federal government unleashes its deportation machine on immigrant communities, the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) and its members vow to stand firm at a time when detained migrants suffer overcrowding, abuse and even death at the hands of federal immigration authorities.

“Families are being separated by these raids. They are being detained in the same facilities where we have seen overcrowding and abuse. The raids are shameful and vicious, just like the horrific conditions we are witnessing on the southern border that have caused tragic deaths in detention facilities,” said Eva Millona, NPNA co-chair and Director of the MIRA Coalition. “The President has no compassion. This is yet another stain on his already deplorable human rights record.”

According to news reports, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is focusing on at least 2,000 immigrants who have been ordered deported because they allegedly failed to appear in immigration court. The operation was planned for at least 10 major cities in the U.S.

In the face of such horror and abuse,  NPNA is supporting the immigrant community by setting its Family Protection Network on overdrive. The NPNA Family Protection Network members consist of 150 immigration attorneys and Department of Justice (DOJ) representatives working daily to protect families through training of community rapid response teams, creating family protection plans, and organizing immigration legal clinics with services ranging from citizenship to removal defense. The network, comprised of 35 immigrant and refugee organizations across 37 states, provides services such as legal assistance, the most up to date “Know Your Rights” trainings to protect and inform immigrant families.

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The National Partnership for New Americans, is a national, multiethnic, multiracial partnership of immigrants and refugee rights organizations across 31 states working to promote citizenship and integration among our diverse immigrant and refugee communities for the benefit of all Americans.


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