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Immigrants Hold Sit-in at Kaine’s Office Demanding Closure of Berks

HeadlineSep 08, 2016

And on Wednesday, immigrants held a sit-in at the office of Hillary Clinton’s vice-presidential running mate, Senator Tim Kaine, in Manassas, Virginia. Among them were two women formerly held in family detention centers in Texas. They called on Kaine to take action to release 27 mothers who have been held with their children at the Berks Family Immigration Prison in Pennsylvania, in some cases for more than a year. Kaine’s office responded with a letter calling for five of the families at Berks to be allowed to live with relatives in Virginia. Activists say the letter is the first step toward a private bill that would automatically defer their deportations for the rest of the congressional session while they seek asylum. See our interview with one of the sit-in organizers.

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