Where are the babies and children that were forcibly taken from their parents at the US-Mexican border?
It would be bad enough if the separations were documented to allow the parents and children to eventually be reunited. But as Senator Jeff Merkley (D) Oregon, says in the following video, that documentation was not done. The Senator has gone to the border to try to see what the living conditions are in the detention camps, and was refused entry to at least one facility. This video is an interview on CNN:
Senator Jeff Merkley: “At the time they separated them from their parents, they called them, then, unaccompanied minors, and they sent them to HHS (Health and Human Services) just as if they had arrived without their parents. Therefore HHS didn’t have information about their parents. They have had great difficulty figuring this out. That’s why here, after two weeks, only 50 kids, or a few more, will be connected. So this was really poorly planned all the way through.
They are still insisting on a strategy of inflicting trauma on children in order to push a policy of deterrence … no religious tradition, no moral code would possibly allow you to say ‘I’m going to injure these kids to send some political message’.”
The new plan is to keep children and parents together in jail.
We must continue to press our representatives to reunite every child, and to end the policy of deterrence based upon child separation.
From Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL):
Bills expanding family detention are gaining bipartisan momentum in the House and the Senate. The Keep Families Together and Enforce the Law Act (S. 3093) and similar legislation would allow for children to be detained indefinitely with their parents.
Currently, children can’t be kept in detention for more than 20 days. Congress should uphold that standard; passing legislation that undermines protections for children is no solution.
Urge your members of Congress to oppose any legislation that incarcerates children, with or without their parents.
The administration does not need Congress to pass legislation for the administration to stop family separation. Congress should push the administration to end its zero-tolerance prosecution policy and return discretion to protect asylum seekers, especially young children, from being harmfully incarcerated.
Non-restrictive, community-based alternatives to detention are the most appropriate response for families, children, and asylum seekers. Please tell members of Congress to encourage the administration to utilize these options rather than expanding family detention. https://www.fcnl.org/updates/stop-detaining-children-and-families-1536
Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Senator(s). Here’s an example of what you can say:
I urge you to support policies that protect and unite immigrant and refugee families. The administration is detaining and prosecuting parents, and forcibly separating them from their children. I call on you to do everything in your power to stop family separation. Congress should increase oversight over the Department of Homeland Security and urge them to end unjust policies. Congress should cut funding for harmful immigration enforcement that separates families. I value the sanctity of the family and believe Congress should act to bring families together, not keep them apart. https://www.fcnl.org/updates/three-ways-congress-can-protect-immigrant-families-1482