Protect Migrant Children and Families: Fund Family Case Management Program

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Migrant children are being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in processing facilities labeled "dangerous" by inspectors from the Department of Homeland Security and "a public health emergency" by Human Rights attorneys. A visiting Pediatrician reported that children at the facilities exhibited signs of "sleep deprivation, dehydration, and malnutrition."

Seeking asylum is not illegal, and the results of separating these children from their families have been horrendous. There is no legal requirement to hold Asylum Seekers at the over-crowded, unsanitary, and unsafe detention camps along the border. It is inhumane.

The Vice President, Mike Pence, went on record with CBS' "Face the Nation" on June 23rd, 2019 to acknowledge that the "system is overwhelmed". The Department of Homeland Security already has effective alternatives that could be utilized in place of detention. Social programs are in place that would allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release Asylum Seekers under Community Supervision. Government contractors or Nonprofit Organizations are then able to provide families with social workers. It then becomes the responsibilities of those social workers, contractors, organizations, volunteers, communities, and Asylum-Seekers to collaborate to secure safe housing and transportation, and to make sure they attend court hearings and comply with the law.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is familiar with coordinating with programs such as these, as they previously ran the Family Case Management Program. These programs not only facilitate humane conditions throughout the duration of the Asylum Seeker's case, but provide a much less expensive alternative to detention as well.

As we celebrate the 243rd birthday of the United States of America, join us in demanding better from the Trump Administration, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Border Patrol, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. ­­"

-Declaration of Independence (US 1776)

Please take the time to sign this petition, as well as contact your Representatives directly and urge them to demand better programs be implemented to protect the safety and health of these children and their families. Find your Representatives at www.commoncause.org.

Financial donations and volunteer time can be provided to this cause through RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) at www.raicestexas.org.


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