Dear Members of Congress,
Donald Trump says that that undocumented immigrants “aren't people,” that they are “animals."
This isn't just offensive. History shows this particular dehumanizing language can lead to genocide. Immigrants are part of our communities, families, lives, and country. Trump’s words and immigration policies are beyond NOT okay. Language matters, language is powerful, and historically this exact kind of language has lead to cruelty, violence and death too many times.
Since October, more than 700 children have been taken from parents arriving at our borders, including more than 100 children under the age of four. Further ICE has “lost track of” nearly 1500 children who were separated from their parents and who are now at risk for human trafficking.
Destructive family separation is happening in our communities across our nation. Under President Trump, ICE agents are moving aggressively against community leaders, our colleagues, our family members, our sports teammates, with many children left stranded without one and sometimes both of their parents. Family separation is cruel and inhumane. Full stop. People are being dragged away from their loved ones.
Yet, President Trump's language has indicated that worse could be yet to come.
It’s not okay to dehumanize people. We call on you to draw the line, starting with putting a stop to destructive and unconscionable immigration policies like separating young children from their parents.