I continue to be heartbroken over the thousands of children the Trump administration has kidnapped from their families with zero plan to reunite them. Many of these migrant children have now been shipped off around the country, housed in shelters and now some with foster families, with no paper trail to track them. Meanwhile, their parents are detained at or near the border or have been deported and many have no idea where their children are or when or even whether they will ever see them again. I am heartened that so many of you and my friends and fellow Americans and people all over the world share my outrage, and I hope and pray that this outrage fuels a desperately-needed change in direction and leadership in the U.S. November cannot come soon enough.
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“The shift leader came over very aggressively and told me, ‘Tell them they can’t hug each other!’ And I at that point told her, ‘No. As a human being, I can’t do that.'” — Antar Davidson was told to separate tearful Brazilian siblings and stop them from hugging, so he resigned in protest.
Beata Mariana de Jesus Mejia-Mejia says she and her son came to the United States seeking asylum, fleeing death threats and domestic violence from her husband in Guatemala. They crossed the border May 19 near San Luis, Arizona, and were immediately approached by Border Patrol agents and taken into custody. Mejia told CNN this week that she’d been trying to learn her son’s whereabouts for weeks. But no one had given her a clear answer.”It’s not fair for a mother,” she said. “It’s like they’re putting a knife in your chest and killing you.”
There are currently over 239 migrant children being kept, thousands of miles from their parents, at a center here in NYC. As of yesterday morning, a councilman from the district was accepting donations of diapers and clothes and toys at his office to deliver to the shelter, and I had planned to do a short fundraiser on Dear Wendy, like I did after Hurricane Sandy, and use all the donations to buy supplies to deliver to the councilman’s office. However, by late afternoon, he announced that the office was so inundated with donations they couldn’t accept anymore (which is at least a little bit heartening). People are desperate to help, to do something. Here are some ways you can do just that:
Donate to one of the many fantastic organizations working to support the families affected: The Florence Project is a an Arizona organization that offers free legal services to families in immigration custody; RAICES is a nonprofit in Texas that is paying the bond for parents currently being held in detention and is providing legal services for parents and their children; Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, champions the rights of unaccompanied immigrant children; and ActBlue, divides your contribution evenly between 14 organizations working to support the families affected.
Protest. Together, a number of organizations are organizing protests in Washington, D.C., and around the country on Saturday, June 30th. On Thursday, June 28th, the organizers of the Women’s March are holding a protest in Washington, D.C.
Call your congresspeople. If you don’t know whose you are, go to this great website. Enter your zip code and you’ll be given the appropriate names and numbers to call. Tell them that you want them to publicly demand a plan be immediately formulated and implemented to reunite the children and parents who have been separated, and that children shouldn’t be detained indefinitely. (Here’s a script you can follow).
And while it seems hard to believe, there has also been unrelated stories published this week:
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