This week we had the honor to collaborate with Freedom for Immigrants, and together, we were able to bond two more individuals from Eritrea out of the Otay Mesa Detention Center through our Familias Reunidas Bond Program. We are proud to work alongside organizations that share our values, and promote a culture of love as we do. We are also proud to have now freed over 30 people from detention!
Tesfay and Isaias were both released together the same day, and the fellow countrymen are excited to begin their new life in Oakland surrounded by a community that supports them! The two asylum seekers are so happy and thankful to be free after having spent four months in detention. Their spirits and positivity prove to us the resilience and strength of our beloved immigrant community. We celebrate this as a huge victory amidst such trying times, and we are hopeful to continue getting more and more people released. Every day spent inside the Otay Mesa Detention Center is one day too many!
Let their stories serve as a reminder of all the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and community members waiting in such conditions in detention, simply for seeking a place or a part in this country. Tesfay an Isaias represent so many others being subject to racist and inhumane policies, and we must not forget the urgency of getting everyone we can out of the Otay Mesa Detention Center. This pandemic continues to be unforgiving, and we will not allow any more lives lost. Again, we thank you for your support and ask you to continue to help us make sure our folks are #FreeAndAlive.