This week Governor Greg Abbott called for an increase of ICE detention facilities. This has made some Rio Grande Valley Residents worry about what it could mean, and if it could be to go back to Trump’s administration ways and treatment for immigrants.
Many of them are starting a letter writing campaign for US Rep Filemon Vela to ask for help, they want all ICE detainees to be released due to COVID 19 risks. Congressman Vela has been sympathetic to the issue of COVID 19 and ICE detentions in the past.
Norma Herrera of the Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing human rights and quality of life for historically marginalized groups in the region, said there is no safe humane way to detain anyone during a pandemic.