While many of us spend long weekends with our families, immigrant children are being separated from their parents and may end up getting “lost” in the system. There have been several articles that have highlighted these issues recently in the NY Times including this opinion piece written by a child of refugees. In the NY Times piece titled Trump Administration Threatens Jail and Separating Children From Parents for Those Who Illegally Cross Southwest Border attention has been brought to the policy the Trump administration recently announced “that it is dramatically stepping up prosecutions of those who illegally cross the Southwest border, ramping up a “zero tolerance” policy intended to deter new migrants with the threat of jail sentences and separating immigrant children from their parents.”
In response, 3 immigration attorneys in the Twin Cities organized a meeting to share their perspectives and calls to action. You can view the video of this event below.
Thanks to Progressive We Stand– here is also a follow up with great background information on the policies and calls to action from these amazing attorneys.
Actions to take now
1. Call your representatives in Congress and tell them that you are against separation of families and that you demand hearings on this issue. Call DAILY! Leave messages. Make some noise.
3. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has recommended guidelines for human rights at international borders which you can read here. The reported actions our DHS is taking do not comply with these guidelines. You can contact the UN Office for Human Rights here.
4. The ACLU is gathering signatures to petition Kevin K. McAleenan, Commissioner of United States Customs and Border Protection to stop the government from abusing immigrant children. You can find the petition here.
5. Amnesty International has been calling for an end to the U.S. policy of separating children at the border. Their call to action can be found at the end of this post here.