How to Help Immigrant Families Who Have Been Separated at the Border
If you—like many people across the United States including all five living First Ladies—find yourself outraged by what is happening to children and families who cross our country’s border, you are probably looking for ways to help.
But to begin, you’ll want to know why this is happening in the first place. In April the Trump administration instituted a “zero tolerance” immigration policy which they believe requires separating children from their parents because those parents are being arrested for having committed a crime. (There is much debate, because seeking asylum in the U.S. is not illegal and trying to cross the border illegally for the first time is a misdemeanor.) On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that ended the separation of families but indefinitely detains parents and children together, The New York Times reports.
You can find a full breakdown of the facts surrounding the policy here. And while this list isn’t comprehensive, we have rounded up some ways you can still help families and children who are detained at the border.
Take a look:
Join in the Nationwide Protest on June 30
A nationwide protest—organized by progressive groups like the National Domestic Workers Alliance and MoveOn—has just been announced for June 30.
The main #FamiliesBelongTogether rally will take place in Washington, D.C., at Lafayette Square, but sister marches are being planned across the country. “We see the outrage, and we see that this has to be taken right to the White House, right to Donald Trump, to stop the family separations,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal told Chris Hayes on his show All In with Chris Hayes.
Here we go. @RepJayapal announces a "mass mobilization" to end family separation on June 30 at 11 a.m. in Lafayette Square. "We see the outrage, and we see that this has to be taken right to the White House." pic.twitter.com/BbZRpZruvH
— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) June 19, 2018
BREAKING: @RepJayapal announces #FamiliesBelongTogether rallies across the nation on 6/30 to protest @realdonaldtrump’s cruel & in-humane anti-immigrant policy. RSVP here: https://t.co/py6jgupBVK pic.twitter.com/nhgzGwdjKX
— MoveOn (@MoveOn) June 19, 2018
You can look for an event near you here.
Call Your Representatives
As with any issue that is important to you, it is vital to let your elected representatives know where you, their constituent, stands. If your senator or congressperson has already expressed that they want to abolish this policy, you can still let them know that you appreciate their position. If they don’t, let them know what you believe needs to be done.
Every Democratic senator is co-sponsoring the Keep Families Together Act, but not one Republican has signed on. Call your senators and tell those who are with us to keep fighting and those who aren’t that you need them to take on this injustice. Raise your voice again and again. pic.twitter.com/IHTOSVLcTm
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) June 18, 2018
You can easily find the contact information for your reps by inputting your zip code here.
If you’re an immigration lawyer, you can sign up via the Immigration Justice Campaign (https://www.immigrationjustice.us/home) to help represent the women and men with their bond hearings and other asylum representation needs.
The Texas Civil Rights Project is “looking for volunteers who speak Spanish, Mam, Q’eqchi’ or K’iche’ and have paralegal or legal assistant experience.”
Check out Act Blue, where they’ve organized a number of other organizations looking for volunteers in one place.
One opportunity to help is to volunteer w/ @TXCivilRights – they are in need of Spanish, Mam, Q’eqchi’ or K’iche’ and have paralegal or legal assistant experience to help w/ their legal intake process in McAllen, TX – here is the volunteer form: https://t.co/7LzEgCSbmP
— Alida Garcia (@leedsgarcia) June 16, 2018
Donate to One of These Organizations
RAICES: The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services is a nonprofit that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees in Central and South Texas.
ACLU: The American Civil Liberties Union is already litigating the separation policy in California, and your money can help support them as they move forward.
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The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights: Due to the current crisis and need for child advocates, the Center is raising funds for a new program called the Immigrant Child and Family Rights Project. Per the organization’s website, the program “will be staffed by two attorneys who will fight on behalf of individual children, advocate for systemic change to end the practice of family separation by the Department of Homeland Security, and for policies that better protect the rights of children and families.”
ActBlue: You can make a single donation here that will be dispersed to a number of organizations including Al Otro Lado, The Florence Project, and Innovation Law Lab.
Wow. In just the few short hours since I tweeted, this community has donated nearly $150,000 to support these groups’ critical work. If you’re as heartbroken and infuriated about what’s happening as I am, help keep it going: https://t.co/gFtjV3KBfM https://t.co/4ZepbZOH8H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 18, 2018
The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project: The ASAP prevents wrongful deportations by providing community support and emergency legal aid to refugee families—no matter where they are located in the United States.
Baby2Baby: The organization, which provides necessities to low-income children, has created an Amazon registry where you can purchase supplies for the children and babies in detainment.
Baby2Baby is collecting basic essentials to create bundles of highly needed items for immigrant children through our partnership with Kids in Need of Defense. Please purchase blankets, diapers and more from our registry here: https://t.co/hBCFbAIdsy pic.twitter.com/vf1D2MNUEr
— Baby2Baby (@baby2baby) June 18, 2018
We will continue to update this list as new information becomes available.
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