10 July 2014

Anglicans offer to care for mothers and infants held in immigration detention

Church-based welfare organisations from South Australia are urging the Immigration Department to release mothers and their infants from immigration detention into their care while their claims are being processed.

Anglicare CEO in South Australia, Peter Sandeman, thinks it would be a practical measure of support and a show of compassion.

"Young children shouldn't be held in prison, which is essentially where they are. They can be supported in the community and the department can monitor their location, it's fairly easy," he said.

The offer is being made by seven organisations, representing Anglicans, the Uniting, Lutheran and Catholic Churches, Salvation Army, Baptists and Churches of Christ.

Church-based welfare groups from SA offer care for mothers and infants held in immigration detention [ABC News]

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