Families Belong Together!

Let’s Maintain the Momentum

Thank you to all who were able to demonstrate as part of the nationwide action on 6/30 organized by MoveOn and Families Belong Together.

There is so much more to do—and we’re grateful to the organizations that have been leading this fight and making the space for us all to participate.


Background

New: Amidst ongoing hearings, the administration has requested more time to reunite families of children under 5 (the deadline was 7/10) as it continues to place children as young as infants in a lose-lose court situation of defending themselves in seeking asylum – yet another form of trauma against these children. This is alongside the administration’s ongoing threat to the Temporary Protected Status program, which would separate many more families.

Officials are also using DNA testing of children – raising concerns around migrants’ rights to privacy and consent. Children who have thus far been reunited with their parents represent reunifications-for-deportation (of the whole family).

Meanwhile, prosecutions of adults continue.  The need to change criminalization and detention of parents in order to ensure reunification is not dependent on Congress (as HHS Secretary Azar has stated). Thatzero tolerance’ policy was enacted by the President and charges adults with ‘improper entry’; it is the administration’s responsibility to work with the necessary actors to change the policy to one that upholds human rights and public health.  Detaining families together also violates rights under the Flores agreement.

Further, the Supreme Court has upheld the Muslim ban – another xenophobic, anti-immigrant policy. This decision attacks various ethnicities of Muslim communities and opens the door to government-and court-sanctioned discrimination of other ethnic and religious groups. It blocks families from reuniting across borders, deprives people of access to life-saving health care, and refuses to protect refugees and asylum-seekers from certain targeted countries.

Says MoveOn, ‘There’s a crystal-clear throughline between the Muslim Ban, the Family Separation policy, family internment camps, and other policies that harm immigrant families.’ See a petition to sign below.


Border-Specific Actions

NEW: See upcoming actions in Florida on July 11th and July 18th shared by United We Dream @UnitedWeDream

Volunteer with local organizations. Sacred Heart Church, NETA, ProBAR, and the Texas Civil Rights Project are just some of the organizations you can help if you are in TX or willing to travel there. Please refer to the Families Belong Together Guide on How to Help for more details.

Also – a 24 day fast and prayer chain in McAllen, TX shared by La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE)  (July 4th location is the US District Court in McAllen, Bentsen Tower 1701 U.S. 83 Business at 12 noon)


Opportunities to Donate

See the following resources on ways to assist children:

Break Bread Not Families by LUPE

The Hutto Community Deportation Defense and Bond Fund by Grassroots Leadership @grassrootsleadership.page

Tahirih Justice Center’s Legal Protection for Mothers Seeking Asylum #endfamilyseparation

If you want to personally support an individual in detention send an email to refugeecaravan@gmail.com. They’ll send the name and number of a person so you can send $20-50 to their commissary account. You can also write much needed letters of love and support.

Donate to bond funds so detained immigrants can be released. Here’s a bay area one but there are others: https://www.bayareaimmigrationbondfund.org/ (shared by Kathi Schaff)

Help Keep Families Together by the National Domestic Workers Alliance

End Family Detention: Women Take Action by @womensmarchonwash

Support Kids at the Border

The Florence Project shared by PolicyLink @policylink

Make a donation to respond to Disgraceful Conditions in U.S. Detention Centers (Physicians for Human Rights)

The RAICES bond fund and other information @raicestexas

http://blog.unidosus.org/2018/06/19/families-belong-together-resources/

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/06/how-you-can-fight-family-separation-at-the-border.html

http://time.com/money/5314428/how-to-help-immigrant-children-parents-border/

https://www.today.com/parents/how-help-immigrant-children-separated-families-t129923

Other articles shared by the RAICES include


Information, Events and Updates

Read THIS FACT SHEET on the health impacts of the zero tolerance policy and families being separated @KaiserFamilyFoundation and note that families continue to be separated despite calls on the administration to reunite children and parents. Also check out this article providing further information on advocates’ call to abolish ICE.

Learn more about ongoing developments at CNN and following the @congressional.hispanic.caucus (on different immigration policy issues)

There is further information on policy agendas related to the separation of families at the National Immigration Law Center @NationalImmigrationLawCenter #EndFamilySeparation – as well as HERE as shared by @MICOP805

Follow the Women’s March for information by activists and organizers @womensmarchonwash #EndFamilyDetention #AbolishICE #WomenSayNeverAgain #WomenTakeAction

Mijente @conmijente #FreeOurFuture

Take action for vulnerable children and families at the border by looking at the Families Belong Together webpage – be sure to sign up for notice of upcoming actions in your area! – as well as looking up the National Domestic Workers Alliance on Facebook @familiesbelong @nationaldomesticworkersalliance #FamiliesBelongTogether #EndFamilySeparation #LasFamiliasMerecenEstarUnidas.

Follow relevant updates by the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties at their page @sdaclu

Find broader resources on the Resources page of the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign @CLASP.org @NationalImmigrationLawCenter

White Coats for Families Belong Together Campaign shared by Kathi Schaff

Letter and statement by the American Public Health Association on the long term and irreversible health impacts of border immigration enforcement policy and the need to reunite children with their parents as well as explore alternatives to detention @AmericanPublicHealthAssociation

Philanthropy Responds to Inhumane Family Separation and Detention Policies HERE @GCIRNetwork

See this statement on immigration policy’s impact on public health by Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum @apiahf

Stay up to date on how public health professionals can support immigrants rights organizing by joining the Public Health Awakened network, an initiative by Human Impact Partners @HumanImpactPartners

La Red -Faith in Action @LaRedFaithinAction

Texas: see this resource on ways to help families who are being separated at the border as well as other information on the La Union del Pueblo Entero page @LUPErgv #FamiliesBelongTogether #ReunificationNotDeportation and read the experiences of migrants suffering due to this policy at the Grassroots Leadership Page @grassrootsleadership.page

Check out THIS STATEMENT as well as the campaign #FamiliesAreSacred #LasFamiliasSonSagradas by Carecen SF to lend your voice to the movement to end ‘zero tolerance’ and family separation at the border! @CarecenSanFrancisco

Denver and Coloradans: See information, including a statement, by Padres & Jovenes Unidos @padresjovenesunidos.

Partners on the East Coast: see the American Friends Service Committee for ongoing demonstrations at the border – as well as other tools and knowledge – to promote that #FamiliesBelongTogether through rejecting the threat narrative @AmericanFriendsServiceCommittee

Bay Area: Follow @ColemanAdvocates for Children and Youth to learn about ongoing actions that you could participate in #KeepFamiliesTogether

Also follow @bay resistance and sign up for their information/alert network

Rhode Island: look at the Alliance to Mobilize our Resistance @amornetwork for ways you can get involved


Existing Petitions to Sign

If you are interested in adding your name to existing petitions, the following was also shared by the DC Immigration Hub:


Links to Organizations

Other organizations to check out per RAICES’ resource-sharing:


Advocating to Congress

NEW: The American Immigration Lawyers Association advocacy center offers a communication hub directed at members of Congress.

Also, the following was shared by the DC Immigration Hub:

Weigh in with Members of Congress! The ACLU has a call tool specifically for Senators; the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has a call tool that directs calls, tweets, facebook posts, and emails to all Members of Congress. Individuals can compose letters for delivery on the Herd on the Hill portal that will be cloud-printed in DC and walked over to the House and Senate.


If you have a related campaign or local/state/national policy effort or direct action that you want us to share with folks, please email AN4Kids@thepraxisproject.org.