Updated: Jan 26, 2019
This article is about helping children who need us. Children who through no fault of their own, are separated from their parents and living in increasingly terrifying and vulnerable positions. They are victims of circumstances. And again, they are children.
Morals > Law
This article is not a rip on the current administration. I will not join the millions who exclaim their hate for POTUS, for a few reasons:
I feel hate is a worthless emotion and expenditure of energy. Instead put that passion to a purpose and create change. See below.
We only know a small percentage of what actually goes on. We don't have access to the larger picture, after all, we only know what we're told and what we're able to deduce from puzzle pieces.
To those who bring up legality, and remind folks that the parents of these children shouldn't have broken the law.... please stop. Unless you are proposing a solution that will correct our current immigration policies, your comment fails to solve anything.
Again, these are children. And right now, they need help.
The current situation
The administration calls for a "Democratic law," which requires migrant children and parents to be separated at the border. While parents are often prosecuted, and placed in jail, for trying to cross the border illegally, children are taken from their parents and placed into foster care or government custody.
Separating families at the Border is the fault of bad legislation passed by the Democrats. Border Security laws should be changed but the Dems can’t get their act together! Started the Wall. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2018
As Vox recently reported, "Between October 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018, at least 2,700 children have been split from their parents. 1,995 of them were separated over the last six weeks of that window—April 18 to May 31—indicating that at present, an average of 45 children are being taken from their parents each day." The volume of separations occurring on a daily basis is truly devastating.
Unfortunately it is becoming more apparent that the so-called "foster care or government custody" is more akin to detention centers, with less than adequate conditions. MSNBC correspondent, Jacob Soboroff, visited one such center, sharing photos of the converted former-Walmart store, which also features a Trump mural. Soboroff wrote:
"This shelter, Casa Padre, is the largest licensed childcare facility of its kind in the country. Nearly 1,500 boys 10-17 in here now. They’re supposed to sleep four to room. Nearly every room has 5. They’ve received a variance from the state because of overcrowding."
We may not have the answers, but we can help. So let's do it.
Here are ways to help migrant parents & children who have been separated at the border.
Support advocacy organizations:
South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR): This project of the American Bar Association is currently supporting over 1,000 unaccompanied children in detention centers across South Texas. Donate here.
Additional ways to help: ActBlue Charities has set up a link that allows you to donate to eight different organizations, including the ACLU, United We Dream, Kids in Need of Defense(KIND), and the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project. Donate here.
Contact your elected officials:
Not sure how to go about this? No worries! Go here or here and input your zip code or state; it will tell you who your elected officials are. Then once you have the names, you can find their contact information here and here.
Contacting Congress could actually have a large impact as there are several senators that have already proposed bills to protect children, such as the Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2018, or the Keep Families Together Act.
Attend a rally or vigil:
Families Belong Together has organized rallies and vigils in dozens of cities across the country. The purpose of the rallies is to raise awareness of the inadequate living conditions that migrant children are being forced to live in. By attending a protest or rally, members of the public have been attempting to shed a light on what happens when a child is separated from their parent at the Mexico-US border. So check out the link and see if there's a rally or vigil happening near you.
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