Stand for the Children
Stand for the Children
Immigration detention is the practice of incarcerating immigrants while they await a determination of their status or potential deportation. In 2016, the United States government detained nearly 360,000 people in over 200 jails across the country. There is now a practice in the United States whereby immigrant parents are separated from their children. At any given time, more than 2,000 children are held in detention facilities without their parents or guardians.
While the immigration issues are daunting and immigration reform is still in our distant future, the immigration status of these children and the circumstances surrounding their entry into the United States does not absolve our federal government of its basic responsibility to protect the health and well-being of children.
As reported by the National Association of School Psychologists, “the short- and long-term effects of trauma resulting from experiences like neglect are exceptionally well-documented. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have been linked to outcomes including suicidal attempts and thoughts, alcohol and drug abuse, cancer, diabetes, depression, and increased risk of physical injury. Experiences of trauma may be particularly difficult for young children to resolve.” Allowing this to continue is detrimental to the well-being of these children and humanity. Children are our future.
In June 2018, the federal court issued a preliminary injunction halting family separations. The court gave the Administration approximately two weeks to reunify all children with their parents. However, following these deadlines, 711 children remained separated, including several hundred children whose parents had been deported before the court issued its preliminary injunction. Based on ICE data, 545 parents of the 2,648 separated children were deported, with or without their children. At least 158 parents were deported without their children. (Source: U.S. House of Representative’s Staff Report ~ July 2019)
For months I have felt powerless to do anything. I have heard from many of you, that you too, are feeling powerless. Today I am creating the possibility that you and I join together to take a Stand for the Children.
We demand that all children held in detention centers be re-united with their parents immediately.
Let’s collect more than one million signatures to let POTUS know that we Stand for the Children.