Thank you, Methodists
Thank you, Catholic Bishops
Thank you, Jewish groups
Catch up with this week's actions
Take part in one of today's Families Belong Together rallies!
Sign Up to Protest!
Join a Families Belong Together rally on Saturday to protest Trump’s cruel anti-immigrant policies. The Executive Order has supposedly stopped families being separated, but many children have already been taken from their parents, and CPB continues to threaten migrants with family separation.
Find an event here: http://act.moveon.org/event/families-belong-together/search/?
Can’t make it to a rally? Donate here instead:
Bad Behavior from Customs & Border Protection
Read this article from The New Yorker.
Call Customs and Border Protection to complain that they are not treating asylum seekers with proper respect and compassion, nor are they following the Executive Order, as they are continuing to threaten families with separation. Call the CBP Info Center at 1 (877) CBP-5511 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m Eastern time, Monday - Friday.
No Funding for Wall
The House is set to vote on a compromise immigration bill today. Some of the provisions of the bill are good, e.g. ending the “Zero Tolerance” policy, but one of the of the provisions is $25 billion of funding for a border wall.
Call your Member of Congress and ask them to oppose funding for a border wall. No Iron Curtain in America!
Indefinite Detention of Migrant Families
Since the Executive Order rescinding the policy of separating migrant parents from their children, the Trump administration is now seeking other ways to detain adults. In Flores v. Reno in 1997, a federal court ruled that children and families could not be detained more than 20 days. In order to keep track of the adults who have been arrested at the border, the administration is aiming to have Congress pass legislation to overrule Flores. If they are successful, children may end up languishing in detention with their parents for indefinite periods of time. There are more cost-effective and humane alternatives to detaining entire families, such as the Family Case Management Program which was instituted under Obama and done away with by Trump.
Call your Member of Congress and ask them to oppose any attempt to overrule Flores, and ask them to look for solutions such as the Family Case Management Program which would allow families to live in the community until their cases are heard.
A number of organizations have started petitions demanding the reunification of migrant families.
1. Sign one or more of these petitions:
National Domestic Workers Alliance
The Women’s Refugee Commission
2. Share one or more of these petitions on social media.
Helping Reunite Families
The Texas organization Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services - RAICES - has become Facebook’s largest fundraiser since it was started on June 16. It’s encouraging that so many people are donating.
Here’s a video of three staff members talking about how they plan to use the money to reunite families: www.facebook.com/raicestexas/videos/10156008679169678/
If you haven’t yet contributed to an organization working to reunited migrant children with their parents, consider donating to RAICES:
Trump’s June 20 executive order stopping the practice of separating migrant families at the border only goes so far. It doesn’t end the “zero tolerance” policy which lead to the problem in the first place, nor does it do anything to help reunite families who have already been separated. The children remain designated as “Unaccompanied Alien Children,” and neither the Department of Health and Human Services nor the Office of Refugee Resettlement have been directed to locate these children and return them to their rightful guardians. Many of these children have been dispersed throughout the country, and Gov. Cuomo of New York was shocked to discover that hundreds of these kids were in facilities in his state.
1. Contact your Member of Congress and ask them to direct the Department of Health and Human Services to find the stolen children and return them to their families.
2. Contact the Governor of your state and ask them to immediately find out whether any of these abducted migrant children are located in your state, and if so to move heaven and earth to reunite them with their parents.