Dear Member of Congress,
Parents across the nation holding their scared children tight right now, children who are terrified of what tomorrow could bring. They are in fear of the Trump Administration’s devastating actions targeting immigrant families, including intentionally separating children from their parents.
Despite the research showing that separating children from their parents has tragic, long-term consequences to the health and well-being of children, this administration continues to push policies that harm children. In fact, troubling reports show aggressive ICE practices during home raids, including interrogating children without their parents. In California, one officer reportedly pointed a gun at a middle schooler with autism when he reached for his phone. Many people who are being targeted in these raids have never had their day in court to defend themselves.
This is why we are urging you to stand up for immigrant children and families and pass two pieces of legislation -- the Homeland Security Improvement Act (HR 2203) and the Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection Custody Act (HR 3239).
These bills together are a meaningful step in combating family separation and ensuring the humane treatment of migrant children and families in detention centers.
Both pieces of legislation would give much needed relief and protection to families and children most vulnerable to inhumane anti-immigrant policies.
Now is the time to take action to implement meaningful solutions to this humanitarian crisis.