Friday, June 15, 2018

Take Action: #FamiliesBelongTogether

Children are being separated from their parents at the U.S. / Mexico border. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents have separated babies/young children from their mothers and fathers.

Separating children from their mothers “amounts to arbitrary and unlawful interference in family life, and is a serious violation of the rights of the child…the U.S. should immediately halt this practice of separating families and stop criminalizing what should at most be an administrative offense — that of irregular entry or stay in the U.S.” Ravina Shamdasani, spokeswoman for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. June 5, 2018

Please contact Attorney General Jeff Sessions: (202)-353-1555, and make your voice be heard. Call as often as possible. We suggest you use the text shown below:
We want the immigration agencies — ICE, Border Patrol, the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Refugee Resettlement — to stop the implementation of any policy that separates children and youth from their families. We urge the Administration to enlist qualified non-profit social service agencies to ensure the well-being of all children who are in their custody. Additionally, we disagree with your decision that domestic violence and gang violence are no longer grounds for asylum.

Call your Senator: 1-888-897-9753, now to raise political will to address the family separation crisis. When you call, here’s what you might say:
“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am a constituent from [CITY/TOWN]. I am outraged over reports of family separation at the U.S. border, and I am calling because I want you as my elected official to do something about it. There are some legislative proposals, like the HELP Separated Children Act (S. 2937) of 2018 and the Keep Families Together Act (S. 3036) that would address this problem. Does the Senator support this legislation? What else are they doing to address family separation at the border?” 

Read more about these legislative proposals on NETWORK’s blog:

Download a 2 page flyer with this information and additional background information HERE

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