Family Separation at the US Border - What can you do?
Many New Yorkers have spent the last few weeks wondering what they can do to voice their outrage at the policy of separating immigrant children from their mothers and fathers. On Father’s Day, it was revealed that nearly 2,000 children had been taken from their parents in the six week period between April 19th and May 31st of this year.
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Here are concrete steps you can take to speak out on this shameful moment in our history (last updated June 24, 2018 @ 08:30PM - new items in yellow highlights):
PLEASE NOTE: We understand - and fully support - the need to voice outrage at these policies. However, recent protests at the shelters have scared the children, who think that the police who show up for crowd control are ICE agents coming to deport them. Please consider the effect on the kids themselves when you choose where to protest.
Several rallies are being planned, keep checking here for details.
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. Here are a few things to ask for specifically from members of Congress (MOCs):
To support ending family separation (and family detention):
To push back against the two anti-immigrant bills currently up for a vote in Congress:
Keep tweeting at @realDonaldTrump and @SecNielsen to stop forcibly separating families. We Belong Together's demands for the Administration can be RT’d here. Ask the administration: what are its plans to reunify the families it has torn apart?
Catholic Charities Community Services has been working with the children brought to shelters in New York. They will hold a telephonic briefing on Tuesday, June 26 at 4:00 pm. On the call, they will review how the family separation crisis is unfolding in New York and what you can do to support Catholic Charities. To receive registration information about the briefing, please complete this brief volunteer survey.
Here are some additional sites with volunteer opportunities: