May Meeting Focus: Immigration
“The US immigration detention system is in deep crisis. In recent years it has expanded dramatically and at great cost to principles of universal human rights and the rule of law. Since 1994 the number of detention beds has grown from 5,000 to over 33,000 with more than 1.7 million individuals passing through the system since 2003. This dramatic growth in detention is indicative of the unjust immigration enforcement system in this country.” Source: Detention Watch Network.
On Thursday, May 9, Alejandro Caceres, an immigrant from Honduras, will be our guest speaker. Alejandro represents Texans United for Families, which is part of a Detention Watch Network campaign to close the Polk County Detention Center near Houston. He will talk about his personal experience with immigration and show the documentary, Punishment and Profits: Immigration Detention, a film that investigates detention centers and the powerful private prison industry.
Come to Saint John’s UMC, 2140 Allandale Rd in Austin, at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and mingling; the program begins at 7p.m. Invite your friends and neighbors – all are welcome.