This week two bills will be up for vote on the House floor.
The Ryan bill is a very harsh attack on immigrant children and their families:
- It Does NOT End Family Separations!
- It Keeps Children in Detention For Longer Periods of Time. If passed the bill will allow for children to be kept in government detention centers for longer periods of time in jail-like hardened conditions without basic standards for their care or well-being.
- Makes it Easier to Send Away More Children More Quickly. This Republican bill eliminates protections for young immigrant children and would allow DHS to quickly deport children without fully considering their asylum claims.
- Shrinks the Number of Asylum Seekers By Making it More Difficult to Apply. It would change the law to facilitate the swift removal of asylum seekers and make it harder to apply for asylum,
- Eliminates Special Protections for Children. The bill would terminate special protections for children in jail including suitable living conditions, routine medical care and emergency health services, recreation time and counseling services necessary for the well-being and healthy development of any child. The bill would also prohibit any government funding for counsel for children- leaving many small children without a voice in the courtroom.
The second bill, known as the Goodlatte bill would provide legal status to only as little as 10% of DREAMers, which is completely unfair, while also:
-> Making it twice as difficult for Black and Latinx immigrants to gain legal status.
-> AND providing additional resources to the very immigration agencies that are separating kids from their parents and that have been found by the ACLU to be committing human rights abuses in the name of immigration enforcement!
The United States of America, as we know it today, was founded in part by people who were seeking refuge in a new land. Our nation’s aspirational founding ideals in the United States Constitution, were that everyone should have freedom from oppression and persecution, as well as liberty and justice for all.
Those ideals haven’t been met yet. We’re still working on creating a “more perfect union,” as written as an aspirational goal in the U.S. Constitution.
We can’t allow human rights abuses in the name of immigration enforcement to continue to happen, and we also can’t turn our backs on one another now.
It’s time to reach for that “more perfect union,” not tear it apart, not intentionally separate babies from their mothers, and not close the door to opportunity for all of us.