“Shine a Light” Campaign Update – “We prevailed!”

After being banned from visiting people behind bars at Krome immigrant prison for more than a year, FOMDD Chair Bud Conlin and Thomas Kennedy, Political Director for Florida Immigrant Coalition, have finally been reinstated as visitors!

ICE banned Bud and Thomas from visiting at Krome shortly after they participated in a peaceful civil disobedience action outside the ICE Miramar office on July 18th, 2018.

More than a year later, the Department of Homeland Security sent a letter to Freedom for Immigrants, who had filed a complaint on behalf of Bud and Thomas, advising that ICE should not ban individuals from visiting those in immigrant prison just for exercising their first amendment right of free speech.

This is a huge win for the Friends of Miami-Dade Detainees visitation program, as well as other visitation groups and individuals who may face retaliation for speaking out against ICE abuses and prison conditions!

9/26/2019 – Bud’s first visit at Krome in over a year, after being reinstated.

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