The Houston Independent School District, which serves a disproportionate number of Black and brown students, will be converting libraries at 28 schools into detention centers.

Advocacy groups and members of Congress are calling on the Department of Homeland Security to halt the deportations scheduled for Dec. 18.

Critics feel that prior to the election, ICE ramped up deportations and abuse among Black asylum seekers, as an estimated 16,000 immigrants from the Caribbean and Africa are being held in detention centers across the U.S.