February 2, 2021, HYATTSVILLE, MD — Gustavo Torres, CASA Executive Director issued the following statement in response to President Biden signing three executive orders in line with immigration priorities.
“The Biden administration is rightly making immigration a policy priority, as evidenced by today’s three executive orders. Rectifying the harm that the previous President caused to our immigrant communities is a step in the right direction – a directive to the country to embrace the immigrant community sent right from the bully pulpit. Right in CASA’s backyard is the Berks Detention Center in Pennsylvania, which still houses immigrant families. Out of Dilley flights with families are headed out to Honduras and El Salvador just this week. We can’t stop until we know that these kids are off these planes and back in the arms of their loved ones in safe spaces.”
The executive orders come right on the eve of an action in Washington, D.C. where immigrant activists demand freedom and dignity for all immigrant families through swift action from the Biden Administration and Congress. Activists will gather in Washington, D.C. for a press conference to demand an end to family detention, reunification of families separated by deportation and detention policies under the past administration, and push for an expedited citizenship path for essential workers and their families, and all 11 million undocumented immigrants
With over 100,000 members across the states of Maryland, Virginia, and South Central Pennsylvania, CASA is the largest member-based Latino and immigrant organization in the mid-Atlantic region. Visit us at www.wearecasa.org and follow us on Twitter at @CASAforall