If you’ve been reading, chances are you know something about children being separated from their parents. Social media is filled with the content and most people are up in arms and heartbroken, to say the least. Others are just really confused.
Here’s a good article to read to understand what’s actually happening. https://www.texasmonthly.com/news/whats-really-happening-asylum-seeking-families-separated/
“The zero-tolerance policy really started with Jeff Sessions’s announcement in May. One could argue that this was the original policy that we started seeing in the executive orders. One was called “border security and immigration enforcement.” And a lot of the principles underlying zero tolerance are found here. The idea is that we’re going to prosecute people.”
“They would articulate it in various ways with different officials, but as immigration attorneys, starting in October, were like, “Oh my goodness. They are telling us these are all criminal lawbreakers and they’re going to have their children taken away.” We didn’t know what it would mean. And so we saw about six hundred children who were taken away from October to May, then we saw an explosion of the numbers in May. It ramped up. The Office of Refugee Resettlement taking in all these kids says that they are our children, that they are unaccompanied. It’s a fabrication. They’re not unaccompanied children. They are children that came with their parents, and the idea that we’re creating this crisis—it’s a manufactured crisis where we’re going to let children suffer to somehow allow this draconian approach with families seeking shelter and safe refuge.”
Here’s a video you should also watch. https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/politics/sanders-calls-separation-of-immigrant-families-biblical/2018/06/14/41c17276-700a-11e8-b4d8-eaf78d4c544c_video.html?utm_term=.7555fffad50f
If you’re horrified just reading about what is happening to innocent children, you’re not alone. It’s easy to share on social media but what can you actually do to help? Take a few talking points from this letter.
“The formal implementation of practices to separate immigrant families, to renew our shared concern that your agency is harming children by taking them from their parents to deter or punish parents and children who come to our border seeking protection. The separation of children from their parents to deter migration, or to punish migration, will have significant and long-lasting consequences for the safety, health, development, and well-being of children. We therefore urgently request that the Administration reverse course on its practice of separating families at the border.”
“There is overwhelming evidence that children need to be cared for by their parents to be safe and healthy, to grow and develop. Likewise, there is ample evidence that separating children from their mothers or fathers leads to serious, negative consequences to children’s health and development.3 Forced separation disrupts the parent-child relationship and puts children at increased risk for both physical and mental illness. Adverse childhood experiences— including the incarceration of a family member—are well-recognized precursors of negative health outcomes later in life. And the psychological distress, anxiety, and depression associated with separation from a parent would follow the children well after the immediate period of separation—even after eventual reunification with a parent or other family. We are deeply concerned that recent agency actions institutionalize such harm by taking children from their parents as a matter of policy.”
“Family unity is a foundational principle of child welfare law. In order to grow and develop, children need to remain in the care of their parents where they are loved, nurtured and feel safe. Thus parents’ rights to the care and custody of their children are afforded particularly strong protection under the U.S. Constitution. While parent-child relationships are generally the province of state law, federal law also recognizes the principle of family unity by providing strong incentives for states to keep children with their parents and to provide services to families to prevent separation and maintain family unity. The administration’s current policies and practices eviscerate that principle.”
“For all of these reasons, we urge you to abandon current policies and practices that systematically separate children from their families absent evidence that a specific parent posed a threat to the safety and well-being of his or her child, as required by the laws of all 50 states.”
1 – Call your representatives and tell them to take action to stop separating children from their families and address the consequences and harm being caused to children due to the zero tolerance policy immediately! Real action, not just posting on social media or reacting for the benefit of elections. These are real children who need help now.
Contact Information for Colorado’s U. S. Senators
Senator Michael Bennet
Local office (303) 455-7600 National office (202) 224-5852
Senator Cory Gardner
Local office (303) 391-5777 National office (202) 224-5941
Contact Information for Colorado’s U.S. Representatives
Call if you live in Aurora, Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Brighton
Local office (720) 748-7514 National office (202) 225-7882
Call if you live in Grand Junction, Durango, Pueblo, Gunnison
Local office (970) 259-1490 National office (202) 225-4761
Call if you live in Greeley, Fort Collins, Longmont, Brush, Burlington, Fort Morgan, Stratton, Julesburg, Holyoke
Local office (970) 702-2136 National office (202) 225-4676
Call if you live in Salida, Buena Vista, Colorado Springs, Monument, Fountain, Canyon City, Woodland Park
Local office (719) 520-0055 National office (202) 225-4422
Call if you live in Lafayette, Niwot, Boulder, Fort Collins, Lyons, Loveland, Granby, Breckenridge, Silverthorne, Kremmling
Local office (303) 484-9596 National office (202) 225-2161
Call if you live in Lakewood, Arvada, Westminster, Thornton, Northglenn
Local office (303)274-7944 National office (202) 225-2645
Call if you live in Denver
Local office (303) 844-4988 National office (202) 225-4431
Get a stamp and an envelope and write to:
The Honorable Kirstjen M. Nielsen
Secretary U.S. Department of Homeland Security
3801 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
Tell her to take action, address the repercussions of this policy in harming children, to stop separating children from their families, and that you are a taxpayer and citizen who will not tolerate or support these actions.
It’s YOUR taxdollars that are paying for these actions against children. You can sit back and watch it happen and be upset about it or you can make a couple phone calls and write a letter.