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Post by Addie » Thu May 31, 2018 9:22 pm

Families Belong Together: In response to the growing number of children and youth separated from their immigrant families at the border or their homes, and the thousands of children who have been harmed or abused by Trump's immigration agencies, we are holding a non-violent National Day of Action for Children on Friday, June 1st. We demand that the Trump administration stop separating immigrant children and youth from their families and account for what is happening to all children in immigration custody.


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Post by TollandRCR » Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:54 pm

Great idea! Kids deserve the best that we can do.


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Post by Addie » Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:09 pm

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Protesters Across The U.S. Decry Policy Of Separating Immigrant Families

Protesters gathered in more than two dozen cities across the country on Friday to condemn the Trump administration's practice of separating immigrant parents and children at the Southern border.

At least 600 children were taken from their parents last month as part of the administration's crackdown on illegal immigration.

"The stories are horrific," said Jessica Morales Rocketto, with the National Domestic Workers Alliance, who helped organize the protest in Washington, D.C.

"It's like, babies being ripped out of their mothers' arms — literally ripped out of their mothers' arms. It's horrifying ... that is happening in America. And we can't rest until it stops happening," Morales Rocketto said. ...

More than 100 protesters chanted and sang outside a Justice Department building in Washington. Cathy Schneider, who teaches at American University, felt compelled to join the protest. ...

But critics say this isn't really about law and order. They say separating immigrant families is cruel and immoral. Many of the people crossing the border are fleeing from violence and lawlessness in Central America and are seeking asylum in the U.S.

"This is not who we are as Americans," said Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, at a protest Thursday night in San Antonio.


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Post by Addie » Sat Jun 02, 2018 4:27 pm

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Want to help children separated at the US-Mexico border? Here's how

The ACLU and the Women’s March have stepped up their efforts to stop Trump’s crackdown, and Indivisible launches its midterm plan


How to help children separated from parents at the border

You’ll have heard the horrifying news about the rate at which children are being separated from their parents at the Mexico-US border.

Between May 6 and May 19 a total of 658 children were taken away from their parents, as more than 600 adults were prosecuted for crossing the border illegally – a crackdown ordered by Donald Trump’s homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielson.

There’s no good news in this – but there are things people can do to help.

The ACLU has put together a tool and script for people to call their senators and urge them to stand up to the Department of Homeland Security. The Women’s March has launched a petition demanding the Trump administration end the practice of separating families. The group plans to deliver it to Ivanka Trump.


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Post by Dan1100 » Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:38 pm

Senator Merkley is outside a place in Brownsville Texas trying to get inside a building to see where children are being held.

Live on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/jeffmerkley/vi ... 407061546/

edit: Nothing exciting happened. Cops came, they asked Merkley to leave and he did.


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Post by Addie » Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:21 pm

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Yesterday, I was in Brownsville, Texas. I went to visit an immigration detention center housing children who have been separated from their families.

When I arrived, I was barred entry. The police were called on me. What are they hiding?

Sign the petition: tell Donald Trump to immediately reverse this inhumane policy and reunite these families.

https://www.jeffmerkley.com/petition/fa ... aration/e/

America is better than this. The policies of the Trump administration — conducted in our names — are inhumane and unacceptable.

Imagine the horror these children are feeling when they're ripped from their parents' arms. Imagine not knowing when you'll see your family again.

I won't stop speaking out until these children are reunited with their families. Please join me. We must be heard.

Sign my petition right now.

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Re: Families Belong Together - June 14 2018

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Post by Addie » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:43 pm



Search by state or zip code: FIND AN EVENT NEAR YOU
FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER

Families Belong Together opposes the cruel, inhumane and unjustified separation of children from their parents along the U.S. border. Join us on June 14, 2018

Families Belong Together opposes the cruel, inhumane and unjustified separation of children from their parents along the U.S. border with Mexico and at other ports of entry into the U.S. We protest the conditions in which these children are kept.
We protest the irreversible trauma that has already been perpetrated on these children and their parents for the crime of seeking a better life.

To separate immigrant families, victims of violence, hunger and poverty, is to re-violate them. Children as young as 18 months are torn from their mother’s arms by the U.S. government.

This is violent abuse.

These families are victimized again by the government to which they turn for help. Families Belong Together opposes the inhumane policies of the Trump Administration, Border Patrol, and I.C.E. and calls for immediate reform.


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Post by Addie » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:13 pm

Can't attend a local event (or no events near you)?

Take part in our June 14 virtual event - Lunchtime for Change - to demand better treatment for immigrant children and their families.


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Post by p0rtia » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:41 pm

Thanks, Addie. :bighug: Turns out there's a march relatively near me. I will try to go.


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Post by Addie » Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:25 pm

Truthdig: Nationwide Protests: ‘Families Belong Together’ No Matter Their Legal Status


Protesters rally outside of the U.S. Capitol during the 'Families Belong Together' demonstration.


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Post by Addie » Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:28 pm

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U.S. Democrats, activists rally against Trump's family separation policy

ELIZABETH, N.J. (Reuters) - Democratic lawmakers joined hundreds of protesters outside an immigration detention facility in New Jersey on Sunday for a Father’s Day demonstration against the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“This must not be who we are as a nation,” said Representative Jerrold Nadler, one of seven members of Congress from New York and New Jersey who met with five detainees inside the facility, including three who said they had young relatives removed from their care after seeking asylum at the border. ...

The lawmakers in Elizabeth waited about 90 minutes to gain access to the detention facility, which is operated for the U.S. government by a private contractor.

While the legislators stood inside a cramped waiting room filled with relatives of detainees, a television showed an interview with Steve Bannon, the former senior adviser to the president whose hardline views on immigration helped shape Trump’s presidential campaign and first months in office.

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives will introduce legislation this week aimed at stopping separations, mirroring a similar Senate bill sponsored by Democrat Dianne Feinstein. But neither bill has much hope of securing enough support in the Republican-controlled Congress, let alone surviving Trump’s veto pen.


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Post by Addie » Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:06 pm

El Paso Times
Beto O'Rourke leads protest against separation of immigrant families

Hundreds of people from across the region and other parts of the country joined U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, as he led a protest Sunday in Tornillo against the separation of immigrant families.

O'Rourke said, "We're wanting to make sure that everyone in this country knows what is happening here, in their name, in Tornillo, where kids have traveled 2,000 miles, some alone, some with their parents, are being held in detention camps, tent cities that have just been constructed over the course of this last week."

He added, "We want to make sure we help this country to make the right decision, and part of that is knowing what's going on in the first place."

He said, "This is a decision for the country to make. Either we are going to be a country of detention camps for kids, of walls, of sending the National Guard to the border, or we are going to be better than that. But it's not decided by any means, and though we've been able to figure it out in the past, doesn't mean we're going to figure it out this time. It's on us. No one is going to do this for us.


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Post by Addie » Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:10 pm

WaPo OpEd - Laura Bush
Laura Bush: Separating children from their parents at the border breaks my heart

On Sunday, a day we as a nation set aside to honor fathers and the bonds of family, I was among the millions of Americans who watched images of children who have been torn from their parents. In the six weeks between April 19 and May 31, the Department of Homeland Security has sent nearly 2,000 children to mass detention centers or foster care. More than 100 of these children are younger than 4 years old. The reason for these separations is a zero-tolerance policy for their parents, who are accused of illegally crossing our borders.

I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.

Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso. These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history. We also know that this treatment inflicts trauma; interned Japanese have been two times as likely to suffer cardiovascular disease or die prematurely than those who were not interned.

Americans pride ourselves on being a moral nation, on being the nation that sends humanitarian relief to places devastated by natural disasters or famine or war. We pride ourselves on believing that people should be seen for the content of their character, not the color of their skin. We pride ourselves on acceptance. If we are truly that country, then it is our obligation to reunite these detained children with their parents -- and to stop separating parents and children in the first place.
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The Hill: Michelle Obama on Laura Bush op-ed: 'Sometimes truth transcends party'
Talking Points Memo: Former First Ladies Band Together To Decry Separation Of Migrant Families

TIME: All Five Living First Ladies Speak Out Against Trump's Border Family Separation Policy


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Post by Addie » Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:41 am

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$4,000 a minute pours in to help reunite separated immigrant families

(CNN) In less than three days, a California couple has raised over $3 million -- and counting -- through Facebook to help reunite undocumented families that have been separated at the border.

Charlotte and Dave Willner were inspired to start the campaign when they saw the viral image showing a frightened, crying 2-year-old girl looking up to the adults around her after crossing the border. The girl, who was with her mother and others, had rafted across the Rio Grande and the group was stopped in Texas by US Border Patrol agents. ...

The Willners originally started their fund-raising campaign named "Reunite an immigrant parent with their child" on Saturday morning with the goal of $1,500. But soon their efforts went viral.

The couple chose to raise money for the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), a nonprofit located in Texas that offers free and low-cost legal services to immigrants and refugees. The original goal of $1,500 was the minimum amount to cover bond fees for one person, according to RAICES.

By Monday night, the campaign surpassed its new $3 million goal with over 78,000 people donating to the cause.


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Post by Kendra » Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:51 am

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/18/us/p ... iller.html

Interesting reading, some background on Sessions and Miller and how far back their leanings on immigration.



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Post by Addie » Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:37 pm

New York Mag - The Cut
Nationwide Protest Against Trump’s Family-Separation Policy Planned For June 30



On June 30, cities across the country will host protests against the Trump administration’s cruel family-separation policy, MSNBC host Chris Hayes and Representative Pramila Jayapal announced on Monday’s All in With Chris Hayes.

Within the last six weeks, nearly 2,000 immigrant children have been ripped away from their parents while attempting to cross the border under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. While the parents face criminal charges and are held in federal custody awaiting trial, the children are placed in cages inside of detention centers, where many struggle to deal with extreme trauma.

To fight back, a number of organizations including the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the ACLU, the Women’s March, and MoveOn, among others — have organized a nationwide protest on Saturday, June 30. The main demonstration is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C.


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Post by Carl von Ossietsky » Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:15 pm

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I really deeply pity the parents of Stephen Miller.


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Carl von Ossietsky wrote:
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I really deeply pity the parents of Stephen Miller.
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Post by Addie » Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:13 pm

The Hill
Dem group plays audio of children crying at detention facilities outside Trump hotel

A liberal super PAC demonstrated outside President Trump's hotel in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, playing audio released by ProPublica of crying children inside detention facilities through a loudspeaker.

American Bridge tweeted Tuesday that the activists were targeting attendees of a fundraiser for Republicans taking place at the Trump International Hotel in the capital.

"Tonight, we make sure that @realDonaldTrump and his rich cronies hear the impact of his cruel, heartless policies," the group tweeted.

"As they enter the Trump Hotel in DC for a fundraiser, we'll be outside playing the @ProPublica audio of migrant children being ripped apart from their families." ...

Reporters outside the hotel spotted former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who was recently named to the pro-Trump America First PAC, entering the building. Donald Trump Jr. was also spotted leaving the hotel.

Trump himself was reportedly at the hotel on Tuesday night following his meeting on Capitol Hill.


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Post by Addie » Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:18 pm

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Portland Demonstrators Protest Child Separations By 'Occupying' ICE

New hardline immigration policies from the federal government have led to backlash nationwide. And in Oregon, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has an occupation on its hands.

Since Sunday night, a small but growing group of demonstrators has camped outside of an ICE outpost in Southwest Portland. They’ve peppered the nondescript brick building with signs saying things like “This is an ICE building” and “concentration camp.” They’ve blocked cars attempting to enter and leave the facility — so far without any serious challenge from law enforcement.

The demonstration has been dubbed Occupy ICE PDX. Organizers believe it’s the first protest of its kind at an ICE facility.

“Our message is that this is not normal,” 25-year-old Marley Delgado said Tuesday morning, standing outside the building. “It’s not OK and this is a crime against humanity.”

Participants say the idea for the demonstration came to them Sunday. A vigil had been planned that night outside of the ICE outpost, to protest new policies that separate immigrant parents from their children. But the vigil ended. And people stayed.


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Post by NotaPerson » Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:13 pm

Trump urges House GOP to fix immigration system, expresses no strong preference on rival bills amid uproar over family separations
....Trump told Republicans in the closed-door strategy session that he would support either of the bills slated for votes later this week.

“He didn’t really tell us what bill to vote for,” said Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), saying Trump laid out his main principles on immigration and told Republicans he “wanted to take care of the kids” — a reference to the unfolding family separation crisis.
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The impetuous president also often veered off into other unrelated matters during the meeting with House Republicans, as he mused on trade and North Korea policy, people inside the room said. He also mocked Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), whose primary loss last week was blamed mainly on his criticisms of the president.
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https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/19/politics ... %3A45%3A07
Actor George Takei argued that "in one core, horrifying way," the family separations occurring at the United States' southern border are "worse" than the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II.

"At least during the internment, when I was just 5 years old, I was not taken from my parents," he wrote in an op-ed for Foreign Policy magazine that was published Tuesday. Takei, an American citizen of Japanese ancestry who was detained with his family at camps in Arkansas and California, wrote that there was a "hideous irony" in the comparison.

"At least during the internment, my parents were able to place themselves between the horror of what we were facing and my own childish understanding of our circumstances," Takei wrote, describing the ways his family protected him from "the grim reality" of their circumstances.

"At least during the internment, we remained a family, and I credit that alone for keeping the scars of our unjust imprisonment from deepening on my soul," he continued. "I cannot for a moment imagine what my childhood would have been like had I been thrown into a camp without my parents. That this is happening today fills me with both rage and grief: rage toward a failed political leadership who appear to have lost even their most basic humanity, and a profound grief for the families affected."



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Post by Addie » Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:07 pm

New York Post
Protesters chase Homeland Security secretary from Mexican restaurant

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was forced to leave a trendy Mexican restaurant in Washington D.C. Tuesday night when protesters descended on the eatery shouting “Shame!”

Demonstrators occupied DXDC Cocina Mexicana at around 8 p.m. as Nielsen was attempting to have a meal with an unidentified man, according to a video posted on Facebook.

Staff members try to contain the situation as members of the Metro D.C. Democratic Socialists flood the restaurant.

“In a Mexican restaurant of all places,” one protester yells. “The fu–ing gall.”

At another point, a second member of the group plays recent audio of children crying at a detention center in Texas.

“How does it make you feel?” a protester yells.


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Post by Kendra » Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:09 pm

Addie wrote:
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:07 pm
New York Post
Protesters chase Homeland Security secretary from Mexican restaurant

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was forced to leave a trendy Mexican restaurant in Washington D.C. Tuesday night when protesters descended on the eatery shouting “Shame!”

Demonstrators occupied DXDC Cocina Mexicana at around 8 p.m. as Nielsen was attempting to have a meal with an unidentified man, according to a video posted on Facebook.

Staff members try to contain the situation as members of the Metro D.C. Democratic Socialists flood the restaurant.

“In a Mexican restaurant of all places,” one protester yells. “The fu–ing gall.”

At another point, a second member of the group plays recent audio of children crying at a detention center in Texas.

“How does it make you feel?” a protester yells.
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Post by AndyinPA » Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:12 pm

I wonder if she, or if any of them, have any shame. I think that went a long time ago if they ever had it. You have to feel guilt to have shame. I think they are proud of what they are doing to these children.



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