Dear MoveOn member,
There's been a huge outcry over the last few days in response to new reports of children forcibly separated from their parents at the United States-Mexico border—and one top official admitted that the Department of Health and Human Services has lost track of nearly 1,500 immigrant children who were taken by U.S. authorities.1
This is horrific. And the heightened wave of media attention means that now we may be able to force changes to be made.
The human rights of all children and families must be protected. Will you sign this petition and demand that the Department of Homeland Security stop separating families and ensure the protection of the safety and well-being of all children, with no exceptions?
Email sent to MoveOn members on May 11, 2018.
Dear MoveOn member,
This Sunday is Mother's Day, but many moms won't be near their children. That's because the Trump administration is forcibly separating families at our southern border—about 700 children, including 100 under the age of four, since October.2
What's more, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be formally prosecuting adults and separating families who arrive at our southern border.3 This is outrageous. We can't let this policy move forward, and we need your support to tell Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Will you speak up for mothers, fathers, and families and sign this petition to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen?
There's no justification for this practice. These families and children aren't threats to our safety. They're often fleeing unspeakable violence and persecution in their home countries. Many are from Central America and some of the most dangerous countries in the world.
The administration has claimed that they must separate children from their parents to protect them. But policies exist for protecting children, and separating them from their parents is not the way. There's no security crisis. Border apprehensions are at decades-low levels, according to the government's own data.
It's cruel to punish parents who are doing everything they can to protect their children and to punish children by depriving them of their parents. Separating a child from a mother or father only leads to more trauma for all. Losing a child is every parent's worst nightmare.
This Sunday celebrates family and love, but for many, these are threatened beyond their control.
—Lily Folkerts, Latin American Working Group
This petition is sponsored by Al Otro Lado, Alianza Americas, Amnesty International USA, Kids in Need of Defense, Latin America Working Group, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, MomsRising, National Immigrant Justice Center, and Women's Refugee Commission.
1. "America's missing children: Over 1,000 immigrant minors have vanished since October," Salon, May 25, 2018
2. "Hundreds of Immigrant Children Have Been Taken From Parents at U.S. Border," The New York Times, April 20, 2018
3. "Sessions: Parents, children entering U.S. illegally will be separated," NBC News, May 7, 2018
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