We need $3000 to get two buses to send as many people as possible to Harrisburg in November for a huge action to Shut Down Berks!
The Shut Down Berks Coalition is a group of organizations and individuals fighting to close the Berks family prison in Pennsylvania and end the practice of imprisoning immigrant families in the U.S. We continue to DEMAND that Governor Tom Wolf ends family detention in PA by issuing an Emergency Removal Order to #ShutDownBerks immediately. We will keep going back to Harrisburg to show up for immigrant families and to shut it down.
Please donate whatever you can and message us to join the action in November. https://www.facebook.com/ShutDownBerksCoalition/
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The Berks Family Detention Center, known as the Berks County Residential Center (BCRC), is a prison for immigrant families, where children as young as two-weeks-old have been incarcerated, along with their parents. Since 2014, immigrant families have been held, illegally, in the Berks County Detention Center. Since 2015, Governor Wolf’s administration has known that this practice was occurring. In January 2016, the PA Department of Human Services revoked the license to operate the Berks County Family Residential Center, and the facility license has been under legal review since February 22, 2016. Yet, Gov. Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (PA-DHS) have done the bare minimum to see family detention ended in Pennsylvania. Instead of using every means possible to close the prison, the Wolf administration has provided excuse after excuse to not do what is legally obligated, which is to issue an Emergency Removal Order (ERO)
to stop ICE from using the facility any longer as a family prison. Issuing an ERO on Berks County Detention Center is the only way to ensure the facility can no longer be used as a prison. It is not only their moral obligation to keep families out of this prison but their legal responsibility.