SAALT has been tracking both the rise in the number of South Asians crossing the border over the last 5 years and their treatment in detention facilities. Between October 2014 and April 2018, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) arrested over 17,000 South Asians (12,670 Indians; 1,752 Bangladeshis; 1,744 Nepalis, 659 Pakistanis, 292 Sri Lankans, 2 Bhutanese).
Of the South Asians who end up in detention facilities, SAALT has tracked a pattern of abuse including inadequate language access, lack of religious accommodations, medical neglect, islamophobia, and unusually high bond amounts.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Join a rapid response network of South Asians across the U.S. committing to showing up to rallies, provide interpretation, translation, and/or legal counsel. Sign up here.
- Follow us for updates and action alerts on Twitter @SAALTweets and on Facebook
- Host a Know-Your-Rights presentation in your community with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center’s train-the-trainer toolkit. Collaborate with local community, cultural, or religious centers, public libraries, and other institutions to reach community members.
- Print and share the resources with members of your community. Pass them out at large events, leave them in grocery stores, restaurants, and other businesses and places community members frequent.
- Know legal support and resource networks as well as community bond relief programs to refer community members to. Have it written down and easily accessibly when needed. Share with community members through social media, WhatsApp, and other communication methods.
- If you are an attorney, sign up to join our legal support network to provide low-cost or probono support to detained immigrants.
- Learn about community led responses to ICE raids and arrests.
- The Fronterizo Fianza Fund is a community bond (fianza) fund based in El Paso and serving Far West Texas and New Mexico. Many detained migrants have no chance to be released while they wait the months or years until their trial. When someone does receive a bond, they are often way out of reach for most families, ranging anywhere from $1,500–50,000.
- The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project is the only organization in Arizona that provides free legal and social services to detained men, women, and children under threat of deportation.
- The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees in Central and South Texas.