“We are a better country than one that tears families apart, turns a blind eye to women fleeing domestic violence, and treats frightened children as a negotiating tool as a means to a political end.” -HRC
With nearly 2,000 immigrant children separated from their parents in just six weeks alone, there is an unprecedented human rights disaster unfolding at our border. Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Inc. condemns the enforcement of a ‘zero-tolerance’ immigration policy which has led to thousands of families being separated at the U.S. border. The family separations began earlier this year after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new “zero tolerance” policy of referring all border crossings for federal criminal prosecution, which leads to children being separated as their parents are sent to jail. The practice and policy today of removing children from their parents’ care at our border with Mexico is disgusting, disgraceful and morally corrupt.
As the first multicultural sorority in the nation, who represents a diverse group of women from various cultures and ethnic groups, we call on the Trump administration to immediately stop this wrong and immoral policy. Furthermore, we call on the U.S. Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement to take immediate steps to restore connections between the infants, toddlers, and teens who are currently in custody and their family members who are awaiting processing, including regular visitation and communication.
The standards of care for these children must be equal to that expected in our current child welfare system, which, at a minimum, should include access to a safe environment appropriate for families, age-appropriate services including education, trauma-informed mental and other health services, and family-based legal and immigration counseling. We urge the administration and Congress to immediately put into place the laws, processes, and resources that will ensure the health, safety, and well-being of children and not be harmful and traumatizing to them, and stand ready to work with them to implement such policies. We must ensure all our actions are grounded in the humanitarian values we have long held as a nation.
Join us as we stand against the separation of children and families.
How to Take Action
Together Rising Love Flash Mob. Organized by best-selling author and blogger Glennon Doyle through her non-profit organization, the fundraising effort will go to provide bilingual legal and advocacy assistance for 60 children, aged 12 months to 10 years, currently separated from their parents in an Arizona detention center. Their first priority will be to establish and maintain contact between children and their parents, with the ultimate goal of reunification and safety and rehabilitation for the children
The Florence Project and Refugee Rights Project. This organization provides legal assistance and social services to detained immigrants in Arizona.
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. This organization works for the rights of children in immigration proceedings.
Kids In Need Of Defense (KIND). This organization works to ensure that no child appears in immigration court alone without representation.
Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project. They work to prevent the deportation of asylum-seeking families fleeing violence.
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