ATLANTA, GEORGIA – CASA’s Georgia State Director Luis Zaldivar issued the following statement in response to Georgia nearly tripling the immigrants detained at the Folkston detention center, making this one of the largest in the country. 

“Just one day after Alejandro Mayorkas’ one year anniversary as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, news breaks that detention is expanding in this country. Making Georgia house the biggest detention facility in the country only deepens the mistrust of Georgia immigrants with Homeland Security and showcases the disregard for our people. Worse yet, ICE puts behind in this center bars sizable populations of immigrants escaping violence from Cameroon and Central America, immigrants from countries greatly eligible for protection from deportation through Temporary Protected Status. The Biden administration is straying far away from relief and doubling down on the policies of the Trump administration. This has to stop, now.”


With over 122,000 lifetime Latino, immigrant, and working-class members across 46 US states, CASA is the foremost immigrant organization in the mid-Atlantic region and a national leader in supporting immigrant families and ensuring that all individuals have the core supports necessary for full participation in society. Now a national immigrant powerhouse, CASA creates change with its powerbuilding model blending human services, community organizing, and advocacy in order to serve the full spectrum of the needs, dreams, and aspirations of members. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter at @CASAforall.