News from the Texas UU Justice Ministry
On Wednesday Dec. 10, TXUUJM members Peggy Morton, Rev. Chuck Freeman, Judy Sadegh, and Mary Overton testified before the Texas Dept of Family & Child Protective Services against licensing immigrant prisons as Child Care facilities. Rev. Freeman read a statement from our justice partner the UUSC (Unitarian Universalist Service Committee) - see the text of her statement HERE.
In late July, Judge Dolly Gee ruled that both the detention centers in Texas failed to meet minimum legal requirements for facilities housing children and ordered the closing of both of these facilities. The State of Texas is now trying to adopt something called Proposed Rule 40, which would allow family detention centers to be licensed as a "child care facilities" under reduced minimum standards. Rev. Freeman and others argued that the state of Texas should not seek to legitimize keeping immigrant children in for-profit prisons by licensing these facilities, and that detention is not "child care".