The “Christmas on I.C.E.” special from Full Frontal With Samantha Bee was extra special this holiday season. The episode was centered entirely around detained immigrants and their plight. Bee also promoted the organization Kids in Need of Defense, which provides legal representation to unaccompanied children who enter the U.S. immigration system alone.
Bee hoped to combat the heartache some immigrants are experiencing after nationwide raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and family separation policies have filled detention centers across America. So she visited Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Ga., which happens to be the largest facility of its kind in the country.
Bee learned that the town of Lumpkin is so small that there is only one place available for families and attorneys to stay while visiting detainees. El Refugio is a hospitality ministry that owns a small three-bedroom home with just one bathroom. And since the detention center hold 1,800 immigrants, it is obviously too small to house the people in need.
So Bee used TBS’s money and bought a new house for attorneys and families to use while visiting detainees. Bee boasted, “There is a fully redone kitchen to feed all those pro bono lawyers, a dining room that seats 20 for fueling up so they can fight our Draconian immigration policies.”
El Refugio has opened the house to those in need, and it is already helping. Bee said, “We weren’t able to fix our Kafkaesque immigration system, but hopefully we did make one little, tiny part of it slightly more bearable.”
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