Defend Immigrant Children and Families

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UPDATED 6-21-2018

Defend Immigrant Families and Demand That Children Not Be Separated From Their Parents!

 

We are focused on  the children that are being taken from their families right now as they cross the border into the US.  These children, some of them under the age of 4,  are being detained separately from their parents. Children are being taken from their parents even when the parents are applying for asylum!

This is not normal and this is beyond disgusting.

We must stand up, now for those who have no power to stand up for themselves.

UPDATE 6-21-2018: Trump signed an executive order, which he says will keep families together but reporting indicates that the executive order actually makes the situation much, much worse.  We must keep up the pressure and demand that all children be reunited with their families and that they be released.

Read more about the executive order here

 In this press release, Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced her bill, the Keep Families Together Act. Feinstein announced the bill on Friday, June 8.  As of June 18, all 49 Senate Democrats are co-sponsoring the bill. Now we need to put pressure on the Republican Senators to do the same.

In addition, Senator Bill Nelson wrote a letter to Trump denouncing the policy. Thirty-one Senators signed the letter. Here is a link to a copy of the letter.

We must keep this issue in the public eye and continue to push hard to protect these vulnerable families.

 

Protests are planned nationwide for June 30, 2018. MoveOn and other activist groups are hosting "Families Belong Together". This is our in-the-streets-moment.  Find a Families Belong Together event here.

 

What can you do?

--Call your members of Congress, every day, and demand that the government stop separating children from their parents, and that Congress immediately hold hearings to call Trump administration officials before it to explain their actions.  Use our easy dialer tool to contact your members of Congress.

SCRIPT: My name is XXX and my zip code is XXX. I am a proud member of the Indivisible movement. I expect you to personally intervene and demand that immigrant families be treated humanely and that children not be separated from their parents. Further, I demand that you open an investigation into the treatment of immigrants while in ICE custody and criminally prosecute those ICE officials who have committed abusive or improper acts against immigrants. Congress must hold ICE and ORR officials accountable for their actions by having them and Trump administration officials testify in Congressional hearings. I also demand that you stand up to the President's abuses of power and call for his removal from office.

--Donate to organizations that provide legal and other support to immigrants - Click here  to donate to La Union Del Pubelo Entero, We Belong Together, Kinds in Need of Defense (KIND), United We Dream Action, Human Rights First, Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Womens Refugee Commission.

--Learn more about what the ACLU is doing to help immigrants.

--Learn more about this issue by reading the stories below:

Watch Senator Jeff Merkley's video  detailing his experience at a makeshift detention center holding immigrant children in Texas

Read what the UN says about Trump's policy of taking children from their families at our borders

Read about a complaint filed with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Read about Trump's lies that blame his policy on the Democrats

Read about one possible explanation of the 1,475 children whom ORR hasn't been able to contact

Read about calls for hearings on Trump's immigration policy

--Sign the  ACLU petition  to Kevin K. McAleenan, Commissioner of United States Customs and Border Protection, asking him to stop the government from abusing immigrant children.

--Call and email the United Nations and express your outrage:
From Garrin Evan, Flip Florida

"I spoke with the United Nations in New York, and I was able to get an email address for Jay Pozenel, Director of the General Legal Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs.

My goal in calling:
I would like the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs to CHARGE Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Donald Trump with CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY for their policy concerning the separation of children from their parents at the Mexican border. Second, I want to see the President and others charged for the same, for their inaction in Puerto Rico which resulted in thousands of deaths.

I have confirmed that the United Nations is receiving many phone calls regarding the refugee situation. But the UN receptionist is directing callers to contact the UN Office of Human Rights, using a generic email address, which is the following: PETITIONS@OHCHR.ORG. The UN is also directing callers to contact the United States Mission at (212) 415-4000. All well and good, but I want to see criminal charges.

Here is the email address for Jay Pozenel: pozenel@un.org. I don't care if he is inundated. Perhaps this will cause him to act.

Jay Pozenel
pozenel@un.org
Director of the General Legal Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs"

NEW - 6-17-2018
Email Phebe Novakovic, CEO of General Dynamics, which has a lucrative contract w/ Office of Refugee Resettlement, the dept. enforcing Trump's policy of detaining children away from their parents. Her email address, from a public source, is pnovakovic@generaldynamics.com.

SAMPLE EMAIL 1:

I am writing to you because as CEO of General Dynamics, you have a contract with the Office of Refugee Resettlement to house migrant children.

You also have the power to push back against the Trump administration’s policy of taking migrant children from their parents. I am sure you aware that a vast majority of Americans, and people around the world, are horrified at this policy and are becoming more and more outraged by it. I am sure you also know that the world and the nation is watching this developing issue.

There is no law that requires migrant children be taken from their families. This was a policy that was announced by Jeff Sessions in May.

I am asking that you:

1-Allow government officials, religious leaders, mental health professionals and ACLU attorneys into your facilities to meet with and provide aid and comfort to the children being housed there

2-Do everything you can to ensure that these children are swiftly and permanently reunited with their families


SAMPLE EMAIL 2 (from Shenae Simmons, on Twitter):

I am writing to you because your company has a contract with the Office of Refugee Resettlement. I urge you not to support the current administration's decision to separate the migrant children from parents. As an American, it is devastating to see and hear of so many painful stories of families being broken up and to not have any control over the matter. But you do.

As the CEO of General Dynamics, you can create a new initiative for processing and detaining families. You have the power to represent the US as a decent and honorable country that the world respects. There is no law stating that the children have to be separated from their parents and you can create family detention centers which follow the procedure that was used during the Obama administration. Please consider my plea as the voice of many angry and horrified Americans who are ashamed of the current administration's policies and values.