Urgent Action Update: 28 Children at Risk of Imminent Deportation (USA: UA 116.20)

December 3, 2020

Twenty-eight children and their families, held indefinitely in immigration detention in Texas and Pennsylvania, are facing imminent deportation. Many have been detained for nearly a year and a half. None of these families have been allowed to request asylum in accordance with US and international law, and they would be sent back to danger if they are returned to their countries of origin. Authorities must stop these deportations and ensure these families their right to seek asylum.



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Acting Director Tony Pham
U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement
500 12th St., SW
Washington, D.C. 20536
Email: [email protected]


Dear Acting Director Pham,

I’m deeply concerned about the 28 children and their families detained at the South Texas and Berks County Family Residential Centers facing imminent deportation. They never had the opportunity to pursue their claims for asylum.

The US is obligated not to return individuals to a situation in which they would be at risk of torture or other serious human rights abuses, and to provide a fair chance at asking for asylum.

Amnesty International has also received credible, consistent accounts of dangerous detention conditions that put all families, like Ana* and Victoria* in Dilley, at risk. With confirmed COVID-19 cases in detention, families face grave complications—including death—if they contract it.

I urge you to halt the deportation of the 28 children and their families; and release Ana* and Victoria* and all detained families together so they can pursue their right to seek asylum in safety.

Yours sincerely,