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Join us on Saturday, October 13th for another history making day in Chicago.  The League of Women Voters of Illinois (LWVIL) announces its proud sponsorship of the Women’s March Chicago (WMC) “March to the Polls.”  The LWV-HF is encouraged to participate, so let’s show up and support!   Leaguers from across the State will meet at the West Side of Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park at to March together in this massive voter engagement.

Plan to meet up with your fellow Leaguers on the West Side of Buckingham Fountain between 9:45 - 10 am.  

In addition to the march, LWVIL will have a booth in the new WMC Voter Village in cooperation with LWV of Chicago to provide ballot and voter information for the upcoming November 6 General Election. Goals of the organization include increasing voter turnout for the midterm election, as well as promoting its nonpartisan Illinois Voter Guide (www.IllinoisVoterGuide.org).

 

ACTION NEEDED:
Submit a public comment by November 6 to the US Department of Homeland Security opposing a rule change to the Flores Settlement Agreement. The rule change would be harmful to immigrant children in detention. See more below under "Why It Matters."

Submit your comment before the November 6 deadline.
 
Please include the docket number, "DHS Docket No. ICEB-2018-0002," for any of these following options for submitting comments:
  • Federal eRulemaking Portal (preferred): https://www.regulations.gov.  Follow the website instructions for submitting comments.
  • Email: ICE.Regulations@ice.dhs.gov. Include DHS Docket No. ICEB-2018-0002 in the subject line of the message.
  • Mail: Debbie Seguin, Assistant Director, Office of Policy, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, 500 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20536. To ensure proper handling, include DHS Docket No. ICEB-2018-0002 in your correspondence. Mail must be postmarked by the comment submission deadline.
  • Hand Delivery/Courier: Visitor Entrance, U.S. Immigration and Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, 500 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20536.

Sample Comment:
I urge you to defend and implement in full the Flores Settlement Agreement. The 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement protects children and ensures that they are safe and treated humanely while in detention. It requires them to be held in the least restrictive setting possible and sets a preference for family unity. The Flores Settlement Agreement limits the time a child can be detained to 20 days.
 
The regulation currently being proposed would be harmful to immigrant children and families seeking refuge in the United States. Detention for any length of time is inhumane and unsafe for children. The American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that even short periods of detention can lead to increased stress, developmental delay, and psychological trauma.
Longer detentions and weakened protections would be devastating. Detention is no place for children. 
 
WHY IT MATTERS: 
LWV Immigration position states that immigration policies should promote family reunification and should be responsive to those facing political persecution or a humanitarian crisis.
 
The Flores Settlement Agreement limits the detention of immigrant children to 20 days and establishes basic protections, such as requirements for sanitation, living conditions, and adequate food/water for those immigrant children in detention.  
 
The Department of Homeland Security is proposing new regulations that would replace and undermine the intentions and safeguards of the Flores Settlement Agreement. These proposed regulations would put children at greater risk because of prolonged detentions, longer family separations, and decreased protections.