Children are being separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. This is what happens once they’re separated. (Published 5 hours ago)
More than 2,300 migrant children have been separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border as a result of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in April that anyone caught crossing the border illegally would be criminally prosecuted and jailed, which would require children to be held separately at government-run facilities — many of which are in other states, hundreds of miles from where their families are detained.
The zero tolerance policy has overwhelmed the federal agency charged with caring for the new influx of children who tend to be much younger than teens who typically have traveled to the U.S. alone. The Associated Press reported some recent detainees are infants, forcibly taken from their mothers and placed in at least three “tender age” shelters in South Texas.
The policy has drawn criticism from lawmakers, civil rights groups, religious groups, the American Medical Association and the United Nations, as well as business leaders and celebrities.
Caving in to mounting pressure, President Donald Trump Wednesday announced he would be signing an executive order directing the Department of Homeland Security to keep families together in detention after they are detained crossing the border illegally.
Meanwhile, lawmakers have proposed several bills to stop the child separation at the border. The American Civil Liberties Union is urging people to call their senator to advocate against the Trump administration directive and has set up a page on its website to help connect constituents with their senator’s office.
Here are some other ways you can help migrants families separated at the border.
ACLU: The national nonprofit’s Immigrants’ Rights Project works to protect civil liberties of immigrants and combat public discrimination against them through litigation, advocacy and public outreach. The ACLU is currently raising money to help “defend asylum-seeking parents forcibly separated from their children.”
You can donate to the ACLU, sign petitions, or become a member.
RAICES: The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), based in San Antonio, Texas, provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrant and refugee families.
The nonprofit is…
Authored by Sophie Ryan