While we’ve been distracted by the cruel farce which is this judicial confirmation process with an angry, definitely verbally abusive and possibly alcoholic nominee (keep calling!) terrible things have been happening to children…
Action #1 – Join Movimiento Cosecha is sponsoring #NoBusinessWithICE National Day of Action
To deal with their self-made crises of increasing migrant children populations, the Trump administration has, again, been ripping kids away from what they know. This time it’s from the smaller licensed shelters and foster homes they’ve been living in. Now we’re transporting them to 20-person tents in the “unregulated” desert tent city of Tornillo, Texas, and removing their access to schooling and lawyers. This is child abuse.
Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to know what Rep./Senator [___] is doing to both stop our government from dumping kids into concentration camps at our border and to get them placed with their families with minimal ICE intrusion.
Call your legislators:
Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Other Contacts: https://hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com
In an self-inflicted error, immigration authorities decided to subject potential host families to the full ICE investigation treatment, resulting in fewer kids moving out of shelters and into homes with their extended families. As a result, the system is backing up with a fivefold increase of kids since last year.
Since worse ideas follow bad ones in this administration, they’ve decided to move kids from shelters to the baracks of the tent city in Tornillo, Texas. In the last few weeks, all across the country, more than 1600 migrant children have been awoken from their beds in the middle of the night, sleepy and disoriented, and loaded onto buses heading towards Tornillo. They’ve found that fewer kids try to escape this way.
Destroying kids’ fragile new social structures and sense of security is not enough for our government. Most undocumented children that were in licensed private foster homes or shelters shared bedrooms with two or three kids and received formal schooling and regular visits with legal representatives assigned to their immigration cases. Out in the unregulated “temporary” tent city, they will share quarters with 20 others, there is no school and their access to legal services is limited. Without a lawyer, a child’s chances of remaining safely in the country are slim. And all this abusive dysfunction costs more…about $750 per child per day, or three times more than the amount of a typical shelter.
Action #2 – Reminder – The Trump Administration wants to allow infinite detainment of kids. Stop them here. Deadline Nov. 6th.
The Trump Administration is intentionally defying the Flores Agreement, arguing for the indefinite detainment of children.
Write a comment to prevent this: “These places can destroy people.” We have 57 days left to flood this government rules site with comments protesting the revocation of the Flores Agreement’s 20-day maximum limit for incarcerating children. The government wants to lock up families, including young children, indefinitely, instead of utilizing alternate methodologies to ensure hearing attendence that have been proven effective and humane. Detaining families indefinitely is not the answer for protecting our borders.
We’ve included some great comments at the bottom of this earlier post. They don’t have to be long. You can use someone’s comments as a basis, but try to insert your own voice for your comment to be fully counted at the deadline.
Here are some short ones to start.
- Comment: I am opposed to this proposed rule.
- Comment: Do not allow the Trump administration to use these children as political fodder. It’s a disgrace.
- Comment: Extended detention of children IS torture. As parents we know it!… As humans we cannot condone it! … As a nation, WE MUST DO BETTER!
- Comment: These regulations are worthy of a brutal totalitarian regime, not a democracy. They are a shameful violation of all that this country claims to stand for.
- Comment: Please don’t enable the indefinite detention of children in unlicensed family jails or any jails for that matter. We are better than that! We are a country made up of immigrants. How then can we criminalize immigration?
- Comment: I implore you to defend and implement in full the Flores Agreement. The separation and detention of immigrant families by the current administration is not only cruel – it is child abuse. Seeking asylum is not a crime, and jailing children to punish their families for seeking safety is inhumane. Please fight to find other solutions. Thanks.
- Comment: To indefinitely detain children who have committed no crime is in gross violation of the Constitution of the United States and international human rights laws and standards. To take this action is indefensible and morally reprehensible. This can not be allowed.
Action #3 – Have you ever wanted to see McAllen, TX in person?
From Grannies Respond: Grannies Respond is looking for volunteers to go to McAllen, Texas to help at the bus station from October 9th through November 1. (Volunteering Oct. 10-31) It can be one volunteer for one week, another for the next week, etc. or someone who is available to go for all three weeks! There are only two “amazing” volunteers at the bus stop from the Angry Tias and Abuelas group. They go there five days a week from nine to 4:30 PM on a voluntary basis. They do amazing work I can’t even describe. One of them has to go to California to see her mom for three weeks. We need a replacement for her. It can be one replacement or 20! Please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org, or through this website to let us know if you can help. Volunteers need to speak at least some Spanish. Fluency is not required. Accommodations will likely be provided. We will try to raise funds for transportation there and back. Thank you! Overground Railroad project of Grannies Respond / Abuelas Responden
Action #4 – Take money from cancer programs to fund expensive tent cities? Ummmm. No.
In a letter sent to Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has noted a plan to reallocate funding in order to increase immigrant child detention. Some of the funding will come from cuts to the National Cancer Institute, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program, and programs within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Contact Secretary Azar and tell him that not only is it reprehensible to increase child detention, but to draw funding from these other programs is unacceptable. All those guys who went to Georgetown Prep and equivalent in government… surely they can figure out how to get kids back to their extended families and other sponsors without trying to deport everybody.
Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar Office of the Secretary Health & Human Services 200 Independence Ave, SW, DC 20201 Phone: 202-690-7000 E-mail: Secretary@HHS.gov