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BECAUSE we are all impoverished when we or our government depart from these
WHEREAS the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)
detains hundreds of im-migrant and refugee children every year; and
WHEREAS although children of arrested United States citizens are normally
released to responsible parties, the INS in some districts is now refusing to
release children to persons other than relatives, even though accepted standards
of justice and care require such release; and
WHEREAS the INS has no clear policy of proper care of detained children and
some of its contract facilities fail to meet minimum child-welfare standards for
dependent children; and
WHEREAS physical abuse of children at INS and contract facilities has been
WHEREAS long incarceration pressures families to return to dangerous or
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Unitarian Universalist Association urges
the United States Congress and Administration to require that when the INS
detains children they be held, whenever possible, with their families in
accredited shelter care programs or facilities that are state licensed for
dependent care or in INS facilities that meet state standards;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that when the protection of public welfare demands
that parents be detained separately from their children, when the parents are
not available or when the parents wishto have their children released, then the
INS be urged to release detained children to responsible parties in this order
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that Unitarian Universalist congregations and
individual Unitarian Universalists in the United States be urged to make
appropriate representation to Congress and the Administration and, especially in
states with INS children's detention centers, to investigate and monitor the
practices, standards, and care at those facilities.
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
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