Family Separation and Action – Date Sensitve

Dear AIUSA Local Groups,

Earlier this year, the forced separation of thousands of families in the U.S. came to light, sparking national and global outrage. Amnesty International’s newest report, “You Don’t Have Any Rights Here,” reveals U.S. immigration officials tore apart many more families than previously reported. Activists like you spoke out against this cruel practice, and the Administration backed down from forcibly separating families.

Right now, we need your voices again.

Instead of tearing kids away from their parents, the administration is now seeking to give itself the authority to legally and indefinitely jail them together. Imagine, military bases holding thousands of children, and families living in American tent cities.

Take action now to stop this:

Between now and November 6, 2018, the government has to accept public comments regarding this policy. If we flood the government with comments, they have to read and consider them—all of them! The more comments we submit, the more the administration has to listen to us, consider our opinion, and respond.

There are less than 3 weeks left to do this. Submit your comment through this link, and tell the government that no child should grow up in jail! Make sure to personalize your message with your own words to reflect your values—unique comments are exponentially more valuable and will have the greatest impact on the future of children and families in the U.S.

Thank you so much for your time and advocacy on this. Your voice is needed now more than ever.

Best, Cynthia Gabriel Walsh, Senior Director, Organizing & Activism Unit, AIUSA

Pictured: drawing by 12-year-old Devora.* She was separated from her mother for 53 days after arriving in the U.S. together to seek safety. When reunited, the government locked both of them up at the Dilley Family Detention Center in Texas, where they’ve been detained for nearly 3 months. *Pseudonyms used for their protection.

Edwin Gur

Community Programs Coordinator, Organizing & Activism

Amnesty International U.S.A.

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