Children as young as four months old are being separated from their parents. People are detained in “icebox” rooms for weeks at a time. Migrants are being forced to drink from toilets and are denied access to soap and toothpaste. Adults and children alike are abused at the hands of Customs and Border Protection officials.
The news reports and images from the detention centers on the southern border are not just horrifying. The actions, under the direction of President Trump, are unconstitutional and grounds for his impeachment.
Separating and detaining migrant families constitutes a violation of the Fifth Amendment’s Due Process Clause, which protects all persons within the United States. In addition, these actions constitute cruel and unusual punishment prohibited under the Eighth Amendment.
We’re urging everyone to join Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps on Friday, July 12 at locations across the country. Please join us in person to demand that Congress stop the cruel and inhumane practice of detaining migrants and asylum seekers!