End mass detention now

Dear Editor:

As a citizen, as the adult child of two immigrants who sought political asylum in the US, and as a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist, I’m writing to urge Sen. Booker, Sen. Menendez and Rep. Sires to do everything within their power to oppose the mass detention of migrant children and adults.

Not only are the conditions of their detention horrific and inhumane, but the very fact of their mass detention is appalling and unconscionable. While I support actions to immediately improve their living conditions, I urge my elected officials to focus on expeditiously ending this mass detention of people rather than spending more money to keep them incarcerated.

Panthea Saidipour