Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 023546
   

File Number: 023546 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1419-02 Control: County Commission
File Name: RELEASE DETAINED HAITIAN CHILDREN Introduced: 12/17/2002
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 12/17/2002
Agenda Date: 12/17/2002 Agenda Item Number: 10A6SUBSTITUTE2
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION SERVICE (INS) TO IMMEDIATELY RELEASE THE ACCOMPANIED OR UNACCOMPANIED HAITIAN CHILDREN WHO ARRIVED ON THE OCTOBER 29 BOAT EXODUS AND WHO ARE CURRENTLY BEING HELD IN INS CUSTODY TO FAMILY SPONSORS IF SUCH SPONSORS ARE AVAILABLE AND, IF NOT, TO FOSTER CARE
Indexes: DETENTION CENTER
  HAITIANS
  IMMIGRATION
Sponsors: Jimmy L. Morales, Prime Sponsor
  Dr. Barbara Carey-Shuler, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
  Katy Sorenson, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 12/17/2002 10A6 Sub. No. 2 Adopted P
REPORT: Commissioner Morales presented the foregoing proposed agenda item, noting that it asked the Immigration and Naturalization Service to release the Haitian children who arrived on October 29, 2002, to their families or foster families. He noted that the original proposed resolution addressed the issue of the 11 unaccompanied children, but the proposed substitute item added the language unaccompanied and accompanied children to be released with the parent's consent to families or foster families for the holidays. Commissioner Sosa proposed a friendly amendment to the foregoing proposed resolution to allow any immigrant minor entering the country to stay with a sponsor until the case was resolved. Commissioner Morales advised that he would like Commissioner Sosa's friendly amendment to be adopted as a separate policy resolution. Commissioner Sorenson requested that the issue of Miami-Dade County's march in Washington, D.C., relating to establishing a fair immigration policy be revisited. She asked that the County Manager schedule the march for an appropriate date and that the legislative team be asked to coordinate the logistics of the event. Chairperson Carey-Shuler advised that the Community Relations Board was already coordinating the event. Commissioners Rolle, Sosa, and Sorenson requested to be included as co-sponsors in the foregoing proposed resolution. Chairperson Carey-Shuler requested that the foregoing proposed resolution be sent in an emergency mode to the Immigration and Naturalization Service as registered, return-receipt mail. It was moved by Commissioner Morales that Agenda Item 10A6 Substitute No. 2 be adopted. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Sorenson; and upon being put to a vote, passed by a vote of 8-0. (Commissioners Barreiro, Diaz, Moss, Souto, and Seijas were absent)

County Attorney 12/17/2002 Assigned Robert A. Ginsburg

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION SERVICE (INS) TO IMMEDIATELY RELEASE THE ACCOMPANIED OR UNACCOMPANIED HAITIAN CHILDREN WHO ARRIVED ON THE OCTOBER 29 BOAT EXODUS AND WHO ARE CURRENTLY BEING HELD IN INS CUSTODY TO FAMILY SPONSORS IF SUCH SPONSORS ARE AVAILABLE AND, IF NOT, TO FOSTER CARE

BODY
WHEREAS, on October 29, 2002 30 accompanied or unaccompanied children were apprehended and detained by the INS after reaching U.S. shores; and
WHEREAS, these children were handcuffed with plastic restraints during transport to their detention locations; and
WHEREAS, due to confinement in hotel rooms the children had no access to education, learning activities, recreation, fresh air or physical exercise; and
WHEREAS, several uniformed guards with firearms and handcuffs monitored the hallway at the hotel; and
WHEREAS, the Haitian children being held at the hotel were virtual prisoners in their rooms for 11 days before being moved to Boystown; and
WHEREAS, some of those children have been forcibly separated from their fathers who are detained at Krome; and
WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners is aware of 11 unaccompanied Haitian children who were moved from the hotel to Boystown on or about November 8, 2002; and
WHEREAS, many of the children have family sponsors in the United States who are able and willing to care for them; and
WHEREAS, these children have suffered severe trauma as a direct result of their journey at sea for eight days and have already been in INS custody for 39 days; and
WHEREAS, children are the most vulnerable members of our immigrant community and should be kept in INS detention only in exceptional circumstances,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board urges the INS to immediately release the 30 children accompanied or unaccompanied to the extent the accompanied children's parent(s) are notified and give consent so that they may be released to family members or to foster care where appropriate.



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