November 20th was declared Fall Freedom Day by immigration advocates across the country as they worked to free up to 200 detainees.
So grateful for solidarity in action – 200 people in 44 immigration jails across the country being freed today by the collective work of @RAICESTEXAS @migrantbailfund @BeyondBondBos @FirstFriendsof1 @MNFreedomFund @AlOtroLado_Org @MigrantFreedom @eicommunitybond @ArribaLasVegas pic.twitter.com/8UuDq4mzxG
— National Bail Fund Network (@bailfundnetwork) November 20, 2019
Fall Freedom Day was organized by the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) in conjunction with the National Bail Fund Network. They raised a little over $2 million to see detained immigrants released and transported to wherever they wanted to be.
They released the immigrants from Texas, California, New York, Connecticut, Arizona and Massachusetts.
Blake Vera, the accompaniment and bond coordinator at RAICES, said “Today, we’re paying bonds, there’s some that are $30,000, some that are $20,000 or $10,000. It’s really unfortunate because you navigate this system and then a judge says, ‘okay, you have can have your freedom, but you need to pay $30,000 in ransom in order to escape this prison.” He also claimed that “These people shouldn’t even be detained in the first place, let alone be given bonds that are insanely high.”
No one from RAICES has commented on the specifics of the people they are bonding out or if they have any type of criminal history.
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