We are so happy to share with you one more story of the recipients from our Families Reunidas Bond Program, Juan Antonio. He is a 34-year-old asylum seeker from Honduras who was in detention for three months. As you all know, the Otay Mesa Detention Center continues to have the highest number of COVID cases, and we are so glad to have one less person exposed.
This morning, within 12 hours of being released, Juan Antonio was on a flight ready to be reunited with his family. We cannot imagine the things he has had to face, and are grateful to Miles4Migrants pulling a late night to make sure he was on his way first thing in the morning. We wish him the best in his new life and welcome him home!
Let this story 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. Juan Antonio represents 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.