Fri – 3/8: The real immigration tragedy at our border. We can’t look away. 3 actions.

It’s not drugs or human smuggling and its solution is not a wall.

Action #1 – Make this call. Tell your friends to do it too.

An urgent message from Team Al Otro Lado! Of the 29 families that we turned in at the Calexico port of entry this past Saturday, 13 are still being held! These parents were separated from their children and then deported from the U.S. without them. We need your help putting the pressure on Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release these families so that they may be reunified with their children immediately! Call/tweet ICE today to demand their release! 1-855-681-1349.

Minimal script: I’m calling today to ask you (Ken Smith of ICE) to release the 13 asylum-seeking families still being held in Calexico immediately to reunite with their children.

Action #2 – There was a moment when we all knew…

Although newspaper stories were printed, many Americans could claim they knew little about the Holocaust and its beginnings. (See Action #3 below) However, there is plentiful proof that the German population knew what was happening to minorities in their midst.

And we know. What’s happening to the people who are coming to us for for asylum. We know that they are coming from countries so dangerous that even their own police forces are running for their lives. We know that shocking, inhumane actions are happening, disguised as protection for ourselves in a manufactured “emergency”.

We know. Last Wednesday, (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified before the House Homeland Security Committee, exposing her “ignorance” of the effects of family separation, while attempting to divert attention with stats on unaccompanied minors. All in service to Trump’s racist “zero tolerance” re-election campaign act at the Mexican border.

Madame Secretary, are children still being put in cages?

Madame Secretary, do you know what you’re doing to kids?

Minimum script to Kristjen: Your complicity in a policy that cages children, loses track of them, fails to respond to their medical needs, and minimizes their trauma is morally abhorrent and unacceptable to the American people and we await your resignation.

(Email her directly  here. Write to her here: The Honorable Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C. 20528)

Copy your legislators – Ask them to call out for her resignation as well: 

Rep. Julia Brownley: email, (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: email. (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Senator Feinstein: email, DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: email, DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Who is my representative/senator?: hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com 

Background

What we know, so far, that will be etched into our own history textbooks.

  • 22 immigrants have died in ICE detention centers during the past 2 years. (nbc)(hrw), including children (guardian)
  • 1,224 (from 2010 to 2017) have been abused in ICE custody (intercept)
  • Babies and toddlers show up alone and undefended in immigration courts. (npr)(USAtoday)(NBC)
  • 4,556 children sexually assaulted in care of  Health and Human Services (usatoday)
  • Physical abuse of children (ACLU)
  • Infants being held by ICE without adequate care (cbs)
  • Removing children from family members is a violation of the United Nations conventions (nytimes)
  • ICE Detention Center denies responsibility for staff abuse of detainees (aclu)
  • Detainees are being held months or years without charges (Nation)
  • Detainees are resorting to hunger strikes to protest detention conditions. The UN said we violated their Convention Against Torture during force feeding.  (USAToday)

Action #3 – Help “About History Unfolded” find out what we knew then… 

History Unfolded is a project of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

It asks students, teachers, and history buffs throughout the United States what was possible for Americans to have known about the Holocaust as it was happening and how Americans responded. Participants look in local newspapers for news and opinion about 38 different Holocaust-era events that took place in the United States and Europe, and submit articles they find to a national database, as well as information about newspapers that did not cover events. History Unfolded raises questions for scholars and will inform the Museum’s initiative on Americans and the Holocaust.

Participants search in newspaper archives online and at libraries for articles about the Nazi threat in the 1930s and 1940s. As of March 8, 2019, 3,312 participants from across the country had submitted more than 23,700 articles from their local newspapers. The articles were published in newspapers located in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and represent news articles, editorials, letters to the editor, political cartoons, and advertisements. Through their work, these “citizen historians” have learned about Holocaust history, used primary sources in historical research, and challenged assumptions about American knowledge of and responses to the Holocaust. Their findings prompt us to reflect on America’s role in the world today.

How was the growing Nazi threat covered in your town? Sign-up site here.

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