We have seen their faces. We have heard their cries. We will do everything in our power to put a halt to these human rights violations.
As of Friday, June 15th, the U.S. has separated 1,995 children from 1,940 adults at the U.S.-Mexico border between April 19th and May 31st—just a six-week period. As reported by the New York Times, there were more than 100 children under the age of four separated from their parents.
There is no law that says children must be taken from their parents if they cross the border unlawfully. It is just an inhumane, cruel, unjust tactic being used by this administration to enforce their own “zero tolerance” policy created by the President and enforced by a racist Attorney General. It is a tactic used to demoralize, hurt, and spread fear and confusion for our Latino brothers and sisters in desperate need of a place of safe refuge.
As of June 20th, the President signed an executive order temporarily ending the family separation tactics created by his own “zero-tolerance” policy. The policy of criminalizing asylum seekers still stands.
TAKE ACTION NOW
CALL YOUR LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES
Call your local representative and express your outrage around this issue. Urge your Members of Congress to use Congress’ oversight authority to stop criminalizing and jailing families.
Find your member of Congress here.
The ACLU has a call tool specifically for Senators.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has a call tool that directs calls, tweets, facebook posts, and emails to all Members of Congress.
WHAT TO SAY
Tell your Members of Congress to end the “Zero Tolerance” policies that are dehumanizing families seeking asylum and refuge, pass humane immigration policies that reflect the values and principles our democracy was founded on, and reunite the thousands of families that have been separated.
WHERE TO SHOW UP
JUNE 30 MASS MOBILIZATION
Join and support a mass mobilization on June 30th across the country:
National RSVP Page: FamiliesBelongTogether.org
Find a Rally near you: Move On
Register for the Washington DC Facebook Event
THANK YOU FOR JOINING OUR SF RALLY!
Thank you to all of you who joined the Latino Community Foundation on Saturday, June 23rd at the Rally in San Francisco. LCF was proud to be a co-host along with The Women’s March SF, NAACP, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, Chicana Latina Foundation and more. Click here for rally information.
WHERE TO DONATE
RAICES Texas – Donate here
Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley – Donate here
Kids in Need of Defense (National) – Donate here
Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services – Donate here
Al Otro Lado – Donate here
Border Angels – Donate here
BAY AREA ORGANIZATIONS:
SIREN – Donate here
Centro Legal de la Raza – Donate here
CARECEN SF Central American Resource Center – Donate here
FOSTER CARE INFORMATION
DHS contracts with two agencies to place children separated from families in the border in Foster care:
Baltimore-based Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS)
Washington, D.C.-based United States Conference of Catholic Bishops—through their Justice for Immigrants initiative (USCCB).
TO DONATE CLOTHING, ETC.
Amazon has a verified link with requested articles to be distributed at the Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, Texas. Donate necessities here.
LOOKING FOR OTHER REGIONS TO SUPPORT? Contact Us.
LCF Nuestro Futuro Grantees: Click here for a list of organizations working on legal representation and immigrant rights advocacy.
JOIN THE CONVERSATION
JOIN THE CONVERSATION
Share your voice in social media and tag @LatinoCommFdn and #FamiliesBelongTogether. We cannot blame the parents of these children, we must change the narrative and focus our efforts in affecting the policies.
CONNECT WITH YOUR GIVING CIRCLE
If you are already a member of a Giving Circle, plan an emergency meeting to brainstorm ways to take action. Examples include: writing a Letter To the Editor of your local newspaper, hosting a Happy Hour fundraiser for a local immigrant rights group, or organizing a rally to keep this issue in the public consciousness!