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.
Attend a Rally
Several rallies are being planned, keep checking here for details.
- June 23rd: Families Belong Together March in San Diego, CA (sponsored by San Diego Indivisible)
- June 28th: Mass mobilization at the Brownsville Federal Court in TX (sponsored by the ACLU)
- June 30th: #FamiliesBelongTogether nationwide actions (sponsored by MoveOn, ACLU, National Domestic Workers Alliance, and the Leadership Council)
- June 30th: NYC #FamiliesBelongTogether Rally in New York City (sponsored by the NYIC and partners)
- July 7th: HELL NO, Tornillo! A March in Support of Families & Human Rights
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):
Push for an end to the practice of separating and jailing families. Call on President Trump, DHS Secretary Nielsen, and Attorney General Sessions to end family separation and detention through social media, letters, appropriations requirements, and in Congressional hearings.
Support an effort to defund family separation in the appropriations context and support decreases in funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices within the Department of Justice.
Visit CBP facilities, detention centers, and federal courts at the border -- speak firsthand to parents who have been separated from their children and hear their stories.
Cosponsor the following legislation:
- H.R. 2572 - Protect Family Values at the Border Act
New York co-sponsors: Velazquez, Serrano
- H.R. 5950/S.2937 - the HELP Separated Children Act
New York co-sponsors: Gillibrand, Espaillat (original sponsor)
- H.R. 2043/S. 2468 - Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2018
New York co-sponsors: Gillibrand (original co-sponsor), Crowley, Engel
- S.3036 - Keep Families Together Act of 2018
New York co-sponsors: Schumer (original co-sponsor), Gillibrand (original co-sponsor)
Appropriations legislation and report language that would prevent blanket and inhumane family separation practices, and track when, where, and how often family separation occurs
To push back against the two anti-immigrant bills currently up for a vote in Congress:
United We Dream’s call tool opposing both the Goodlatte bill and Ryan bill: 844-505-3769 directs calls to target House moderates; when folks call the line, they will hear a recording directing them on asks.
- Analysis/Summary of the Ryan Bill from the Immigration Hub
- Fact Sheet:Ryan’s “Compromise” Bill Does NOT End Family Separation from the Immigration Hub
- Talking Points on Family Separation in the Ryan Bill from the Immigration Hub
- Click-to-Tweets Targeting Moderate Republicans in Congress on the Ryan Bill from the Immigration Hub
- Social Media Content and Graphics Opposing the Goodlatte Bill from United We Dream
- Top Ten Worst Provisions in the Goodlatte Bill from the Immigration Hub
Sign a Petition
- United We Dream Petition: Justice for Claudia and the More than 2000 children separated from their families by DHS
- ACLU Petition
- #FamiliesBelongTogether Campaign
- Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and Change.org also have a new petition out to the Department of Homeland Security
- The Women’s March has a petition to Ivanka Trump
- Define American has a petition to Attorney General Sessions.
- The National Domestic Workers Alliance has a petition to President Trump
- The Women’s Refugee Commission also has a petition that is easy to sign and share
Be Vocal on Social Media
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? Sample tweets can be found here. Use #FamiliesBelongTogether Graphics.
Here are some sites with volunteer opportunities:
- Stand With Immigrants (powered by the Immigrant Advocates Network)
- Immigration Justice Campaign (**for attorneys only** powered by the American Immigration Council and American Immigration Lawyers Association)
- CARA Pro Bono Project (powered by CLINIC, AILA, Raices, and the American Immigration Council)
Check back for updates.