A two-page directive released Wednesday stated that ICE will target convicted criminals at federal, state and local courthouses, focusing on gang members, public safety threats and immigrants who have previously been deported or were previously ordered to leave the country. However, the agency says family, friends and witnesses won't be targeted and that it will leave a caveat for "special circumstances."
According to Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, a community organization that provides free legal services to underserved immigrants and refugees, about 25 women held at the Karnes Family Detention Camp have started a Holy Week hunger strike, demanding the release of themselves and their children. The hunger strike arose because many of the children aren't eating well in confinement and their health being isn't doing well. Some Refuge mom and children have been held in detention facility over a year. Refugee moms wants to be treated with respect and dignity and their rights to the immigration process to be respected.