Dear MoveOn member,
By now, you've likely heard some of the heartbreaking caused by the Trump administration's new family separation policy. Every day, families are being broken up as children are stripped from their parents' arms at the border.
Since October, more than 700 children have been forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, including more than 100 children under the age of 4.1
Join leaders, organizers, and experts—including United We Dream's Cristina Jimenez and Senator Jeff Merkley—this Sunday, June 10 at 7 p.m. ET (6 CT/5 MT/4 PT) for a national organizing call to get the latest on this crisis and how you can take action to demand accountability for all children in immigration custody and confront Trump's inhumane and devastating anti-immigrant agenda.
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- Cristina Jimenez, Executive Director, United We Dream
- Senator Jeff Merkley, Oregon
- Lorella Praeli, Director of Immigration Policy and Campaigns, ACLU
- Michelle Slaughter, Resist and Win Regional Organizing Manager, MoveOn
- and others
Over the past two weeks, the world's attention has turned to Trump's family separation crisis at our southern border and in our communities.
Just last weekend, Senator Jeff Merkley attempted to visit one of the privately owned detention centers where children who have been separated from their families are being held. Not only did the facility bar entry to a sitting U.S. senator, they called the police on him.2
Last Friday, in nearly 30 cities around the U.S., thousands showed up for a National Day of Action for Children to insist that families belong together, and to demand that we end these human rights abuses and protect the safety and well-being of all children with no exceptions, including unaccompanied minors and children in detention.
Momentum is growing—and whether you've been taking action for years on this issue or have been moved by the headlines in recent weeks, now is the time to act.
The Trump administration's new policy of taking toddlers out of their parents' arms at the border is just the latest injustice against people coming to the United States seeking refuge, safety, and a better life. ICE and the Trump administration have already been tearing families apart, not just through detention, but by keeping Dreamers in limbo, by cutting temporary protected status for people from war-torn and disaster-stricken countries, and by sending its agents out to target and harass immigrant communities every day.3,4
Now is the moment to fight expanded funding for ICE and the Border Patrol, to insist that unaccompanied minors stay with family or safe sponsors, to give asylum seekers hearings instead of prison sentences, and to provide everyone—including immigrants—with a lawyer and the due process they deserve.
That's why MoveOn is joining with organizations such as the National Domestic Workers Alliance, United We Dream, the ACLU, the Working Families Party, People's Action, and others to work together to oppose the inhumane policies of the Trump administration, the Border Patrol, and ICE and to call for immediate reform.
Thanks for all you do.
—Corinne, Scott, Erica, Brian, and the rest of the team
1. "Hundreds of Immigrant Children Have Been Taken From Parents at U.S. Border," The New York Times, April 20, 2018
2. "Oregon Senator Denied Entry To Immigration Detention Center, Has Police Called On Him," The Huffington Post, June 4, 2018
3. "'Dreamers' Rush to Renew Their Protections One Last Time," The New York Times, October 2, 2017
4. "Advocates say Sessions's decision to toss rule on asylum hearings endangers thousands," The Washington Post, March 7, 2018
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