The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) failed its deadline to reunite all 102 children under the age of five with their parents. Officials supposedly succeeded in only 38 cases by the de…
A large crowd of coast residents gathered outside Newport City Hall Saturday to strongly protest the treatment of Latin American refugees as they are housed in tent cities around the country while children are snatched from their parents as punishment for daring to seek asylum in the U.S. The Trump administration has clearly admitted that the traumatic separation of children from their families is aimed squarely at sending a message to other Latin American refugees, that if they want to lose their children, and maybe never see them again, just try to get across the U.S.- Mexico border. It has created moral and angry outrage among millions upon millions of Americans who contend that such atrocities should not be attributed to the American people – rather it is the tactics of an angry White House playing to it’s political base that would build “The Wall” if called upon to do it.
Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions are turning our nation of immigrants into a country of cruelty. They have issued an edict to forcibly remove young children from the arms of their parents, as families seek refuge from dangerous conditions and lethal violence. Children are being torn from their parents, shipped off to ‘foster’ families at the taxpayers expense and we have no idea if these families are licensed, speak Spanish or if these children are being labor or sex trafficked. There is no specific law, no regulation, no political consensus to support this obscene and unlawful policy. It is pure pandering to Donald Trump’s morally bankrupt political base. It is legally indefensible.Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions would take a wrecking ball to the Statue of Liberty and replace it with barbed wire and guard dogs.In addition to snatching children from their immigrant parents, AG Sessions has now doubled down on the politics of cruelty by undermining hard-won protections for immigrant women and girls fleeing domestic violence. He has single-handedly changed existing policies that protect tens of thousands of women seeking protection from unimaginable abuse, denying their legal right to apply for asylum in the U.S.
This afternoon at 2pm, in front of the Customs and Border Protection Building, NOW is joining other allies to protest the administration’s despicable actions. NOW calls on Congress to exercise its moral duty to protect immigrant families, particularly women and children. Hearings must be held and legislation drafted to end this reprehensible policy. If judges and courts are overwhelmed, appoint more judges. If lawmakers refuse to act, then women will lead the charge to replace them at the ballot box. We must take action NOW to ensure these survivors are protected, not persecuted for seeking the inalienable right to safety and freedom.
Dee Donavanik , firstname.lastname@example.org , 951-547-1241
Lawyers and medical providers visiting Rio Grande Valley shelters describe play rooms of crying preschool-age children in emotional crisis
What is happening in our country today is unconscionable. The separation of legal asylum seekers from their children violates the core values of our nation; it violates existing laws and norms. It has already been roundly condemned by the UN and other human rights groups.
A rally to protest these abuses of US and international law will be held on Saturday, June 23 at 1pm at the Newport City Hall. Speakers will include David Gomberg, Rev. Bob Barrett, Lisa Norton, Franki Trujillo-Dalbey, and Omar Hernandez. There will also be music by Bill Dalbey and Barbara Lee Turrill and information on what you can do.
It is vital that our community speak out on this these issues. It’s not just happening at the border and it’s not just about Hispanics. A large number of those currently incarcerated in nearby Sheridan, Oregon, are refugees from India and other parts of Southeast Asia. Probably people who translated for our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq—people who are at real risk in their home countries—largely as a result of US policy.
Since the Trump administration has essentially claimed that this “zero tolerance” policy is “Biblically ordained,” we especially invite members of local faith groups to participate. Under any circumstances, separating innocent children from law-abiding parents is simply abhorrent. To use these very real and desperate people as pawns in the administration’s political games is totally unacceptable.
The trauma to the young victims is lasting and extreme.
Only a good turnout will drive this message home. Please make a point of being there.
Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions are turning our nation of immigrants into a country of cruelty. They have issued an edict to forcibly remove young children from
Americans of Conscience Checklist Special issue
May 27, 2018
By Jen Hofmann
As Americans of conscience, we value showing respect for all people, no matter where they were born.
Action: Stand with the kids ICE is losing.
Script: Dear [name], During a Senate oversight hearing, Steven Wagner stated that the whereabouts of 1,475 immigrant children are unknown. Our nation has a moral responsibility to protect children and treat them with basic decency, regardless of immigration status. This means we must vet caretakers thoroughly to prevent exposing kids to work- and sex traffickers. We must stop the inhumane practice of separating children from parents as an immigration deterrent. We must hold detention facilities accountable for child abuse. We must track kids post-release to ensure their well-being—especially those currently missing. As a taxpayer funding this egregious neglect of duty, I urge you to take full and immediate responsibility for the well-being and safety of vulnerable children and infants. Sincerely, [name, state]
Contact the following officials using the script above.
Chief of Staff John F. Kelly
Address: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. 20500
Phone: 202-456-1414 (or TTY)
Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Address: US Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001
Phone: 202-353-1555 (or TTY)
DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen
Address: Secretary of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C. 20528
Phone: 202-282-8495 (or TTY)
Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan
Address: Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 500 12th St. SW, Washington, D.C. 20536
HHS Secretary Alex Azar
Address: Office of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201
Acting Assistant ACF Secretary Steven Wagner
Address: Administration for Children and Families, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201
ORR Director Scott Lloyd
Address: Office of Refugee Resettlement, Mary E. Switzer Building, 330 C ST SW, Washington DC 20201
Your two senators and one House representative
Even if you think they A. already agree or B. don’t care. They work for you.
Address: Look up here.
Other actions to help young people immigrating to the US:
- Donate: Post bond for three endangered young women before their May 30 asylum hearing.
- Sign: ACLU petition opposing the separation of families (opt out of their emails).
- Share on social media (sample messages below):
Stand with the 1,475 vulnerable children our government can’t find. https://goo.gl/yVeJKg #WhereAreTheChildren
Our government can’t locate almost 1,500 children and infants separated from their parents. Urge goverment officials to take full and immediate responsibility for their safety: https://goo.gl/yVeJKg #WhereAreTheChildren
“It’s easier to be cynical; to accept that change isn’t possible, and politics is hopeless, and to believe that our voices and actions don’t matter. But if we give up now, then we forsake a better future.” ~ Barack Obama
To cut back on immigration, Sessions wants to remove domestic abuse as a legal justification for seeking asylum.
Lecture and community dialogue on human rights and climate change, sponsored by 350occ.org. It will be led by Dr. Tom Kerns, Director, Environment and Human Rights Advisory on the Steering Group of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking, and Climate Change , Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at North Seattle College.
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