Topic

Migrant Children

43 petitions

Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Department of Homeland Security

Stop tearing families apart

The Trump Administration recently began implementing a new “zero tolerance” prosecution policy that has separated hundreds of immigrant children, including infants and toddlers, from their parents upon arriving at the border. These families are often fleeing horrific violence, and parents are doing everything they can to protect their children by coming to the United States. Taking these children from their parents is inhumane, unnecessary, and unacceptable. Sign our petition and demand that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stop tearing immigrant children from their parents. Under Attorney General Sessions’ new policy, adults arriving at the border outside of designated ports of entry will be criminally prosecuted and sent to U.S. Marshal Service custody to await prosecution, and then transferred to immigration detention to await immigration proceedings. Children cannot be kept in adult detention facilities and will be rendered “unaccompanied,” transferred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and placed in different facilities and shelters for children, sometimes several states away from their parents. Pediatricians and child welfare professionals have spoken out forcefully about the significant and enduring trauma forced separations inflict on children and their families. Family separation also creates challenges for children seeking legal protection, who must now prepare their cases with only limited access to information and documentation from their parents that could help to prove their claims. As a result, children may be unable to support their cases for asylum and be returned to harm or death in their home countries. There is no law that compels the separation of children from their parents, and the Administration can and should immediately halt policies that embrace this cruel and unnecessary practice. This ruthless and brutish targeting and treatment of particularly vulnerable children and families is being done in the name of all Americans. Join us in calling on DHS to immediately stop separating immigrant families.

Kids In Need of Defense
679,372 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Carroll County GA, Carroll County, Carroll County Commissioners, Carrollton Ga

Stop Migrant Detention Facility from coming to Carroll County, GA

URGENT!!!!!!!!!!!!! On Friday, July 5th, the Times-Georgian ran a extensive article detailing how Carroll County is being considered for future site of a migrant detention center capable of holding up to 500 children. We have read detailed stories of inhumane treatment of the people who are held at these camps at the hands of private companies and the Trump administration. We are asking folks to show up at the next Carroll County Commission Board meeting and express our overwhelming concern and disapproval of this to our elected officials, and inquire as to what they are actively doing to prevent this from taking place here in our community. You can find a link to the Facebook Event Group organized by the Carroll County GA Democrats here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2109276089372632/  Please take the time to share this event. There will be a Carroll County Commissioners Board meeting taking place on August 6th, at 6pm at the old Carroll County Courthouse located at : 311 Newnan Street, Carrollton, GA, 30117 PLEASE SHOW UP TO EXPRESS YOUR DISAPPROVAL!!!! CALL CARROLL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND LET THEM KNOW THAT WE CANNOT LET THIS HAPPEN IN OUR COMMUNITY AND THAT WE DO NOT STAND FOR THE INHUMANE TREATMENT OF HUMAN BEINGS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES: George Chambers: 404-473-2846 Montrell McClendon: 404-387-8823 Clint Chance: 404-313-4990 Tommy Lee: 678-633-4954  

Ariel Nix
1,523 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Border Patrol

Protect Migrant Children and Families: Fund Family Case Management Program

Photo Credit RONEN TIVONY / SOPA IMAGES / LIGHTROCKET VIA GETTY IMAGES 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.

Keely Kenney
8,813 supporters