This week, the New York Times reported that more than 700 children have been taken from parents arriving at our borders since October, including more than 100 children under the age of 4.
WHAT the WHAT?
Our government has a responsibility under U.S. immigration law to hear a person’s immigration or asylum case, not to try to scare them away from asking for help. We also have an ethical choice as a society to keep families together — not only at the border, but in our communities where thousands of children across the country have been left without one or both parents due to detention and deportation proceedings. Many children have literally been left stranded at school, or otherwise alone and with no way of contacting their parents or seeking help.
What you can do
Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, has the authority to decide how ICE and other immigration officials enforce policies. Members of Congress also have authority to intervene and have in fact been able to successfully protect vulnerable members of the community from destructive immigration proceedings.
- Ask your members of Congress to press for immigration policy that keeps families together and to defend basic family values that Utahns care about.
- Click here to ask US Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen to stop separating families by instructing ICE to enforce policies in a more ethical and humane way that keeps parents and children together.
- Share this action with others.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (202) 224-5251 (DC) // (801) 524-4380 (SLC) // (801) 375-7881 (Provo) // (435) 634-1795 (St. George) // (801) 625-5672 (Ogden) // (435) 586-8435 (Cedar City)
Sen. Mike Lee 202-224-5444 (DC) // 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St. George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden)
Rep. Rob Bishop (Congressional District 1): 202-225-0453 (DC) // 801-625-0107 (Ogden)
Rep. Chris Stewart (Congressional District 2): 202-225-9730 (DC) // 801-364-5550 (SLC) // 435-627-1500 (St. George)
Rep. John Curtis (Congressional District 3): (202) 225-7751 (DC) // (801) 851-2500 (Provo)
Rep. Mia Love (Congressional District 4): (202) 225-3011 (DC) // 801-996-8729 (West Jordan)
Mirian is one of the many mothers who have been impacted by this inhumane policy. She fled riots and violence in her native Honduras, seeking asylum (as is her legal right) in the United States with her 1 year old son. Instead of finding sanctuary, she was separated from her son – her last sight of her baby boy was as he was taken away crying in a U.S. government car. Punishing asylum seekers by separating families is not only inhumane, it is contrary to international conventions that guarantee asylum seekers the legal right to seek sanctuary. Yet this is the story of too many mothers and children who seek asylum on our shores.
The poem inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty boldly declares:
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
We need your voice to remind Secretary Nielsen and Congress that this spirit of welcome of immigrants is our nation’s strength. Separating mothers like Mirian from their children does not represent the values we teach our children — or what we aspire to be as a nation.
[Adapted from Mom’s Rising]