Hi Eddie—I just wanted to make sure you saw my message.
I've been heartbroken by recent news stories of children being torn away from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.
If you've been heartbroken too, then will you click here now to add your name to my short and simple petition to Congress and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen? It says: "Stop tearing children away from their parents. Families belong together."
One story described a mother whose baby girl was yanked from her arms while she was breastfeeding her.1 The mother cried out and tried to hang on to her child as government agents forcibly separated them.
Hundreds of other families have been torn apart since the Trump administration enacted this brutal new policy.2
This shockingly cruel, traumatic, and inhumane practice has no place in our country. It must be stopped immediately, and without holding these children hostage to pass other anti-immigrant policies.
Will you add your name to this short and simple petition? It says:
We must speak loudly enough, and in large enough numbers, that the media stays focused on this story. Together, we can make sure that Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, other members of the Trump administration, and every member of Congress have no choice but to stop separating families.
All of us are someone's child. Many of us are mothers and fathers, sisters, brothers, grandparents; we're aunts and uncles; we're friends and neighbors who watch out for each other's children.
Keeping children with their mothers and broader families is something that should transcend party, geography, ideology, and other lines that often divide us.
No politician should be able to hide from the images and stories of families being separated—and of children sleeping on floors in former Walmarts and kept in prisons, locked in what can only be described as cages. We must speak out and demand that this cruel treatment of children and families stop.
Let's keep raising our voices to stop this tragedy—and show love and support for these children and their families.
1. "She says federal officials took her daughter while she breastfed the child in a detention center," CNN, June 14, 2018
2. "The Trump administration's separation of families at the border, explained," Vox, June 11, 2018