Migrant Children

37 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to President of the United States

Children don't belong in cages

The Trump administration is trying to indefinitely imprison immigrant families and children in cages. If he is successful, we’re going to see babies celebrating birthday after birthday from behind a chain link fence – all because their families tried to escape unspeakable violence in their home countries. Join our campaign to end long-term, indefinite detention of immigrant children. Earlier this year, the Trump administration enacted a “zero tolerance” policy, prosecuting and detaining immigrant adults for the “crime” of crossing the U.S. border. Because of a 1997 settlement called Flores, children are not allowed to be detained in prison-like environments such as adult detention facilities for more than 20 days. But now Trump’s new Executive Order would allow for immigrant children to be held in detention indefinitely. The separation of families fleeing violence is cruel and inhumane – but keeping babies in cages indefinitely is much worse. Immigrant detention centers are unsafe for any human being. In the past few years several allegations have surfaced of abuse and sexual assault against detention center guards and we know that people in detention are denied access to basic healthcare services. Already adults are held in these facilities for months on end; it is unimaginable that children would find themselves growing up in these prison-like facilities. If we want to keep families together we should stop prosecuting their parents for making the same decision we would all make: fleeing to the U.S. border to keep our children safe from violence at home. Children don’t belong in cages. Sign our petition to keep them out of long-term detention.

Kids In Need of Defense
478,922 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, Department of Homeland Security, United States Department of Health and Human Services, E. Scott Lloyd

#ReuniteEveryChild Now

Between May 7th and June 20th the Trump Administration separated nearly 3,000 children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, when they instituted a new “zero tolerance” policy. These kids, many of them toddlers who cannot speak for themselves, are concentrated in camps far from their parents, with no plan to reunite them. The government even had the gall to demand that parents agree to “self-deport” in order to get their kids back. On June 26th, a San Diego judge ordered the administration to #ReuniteEveryChild under the age of 5 by July 10th, and the remaining by July 26th. However, as of July 9th, the administration says they can only reunite 54 of the roughly 102 children under the age of 5, that’s less than 2% of the total separated. The administration requested an extension to these dates and on July 9th, a federal judge granted that extension. Our federal government is inflicting harm and trauma upon these children through this mistreatment. Their policies include not allowing staff to touch or hug the imprisoned children to comfort them. Meanwhile, parents who are desperately trying to call their own children can only call a single government hotline – a phone number which has been proven to be mostly ineffective. At Define American, we are asking everyone, especially journalists, demand a plan from the administration to immediately #ReuniteEveryChild with their parents on U.S. soil. Will you sign on and demand that the Trump Administration immediately #ReuniteEveryChild? 

Define American
145,224 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Department of Homeland Security

No More Cages for Children in ICE Detention Centers

In July the Estamos Contigo team of ten, from University of San Francisco School of Education and McAllen 12 went out to work in South Texas with the families and children being released from ICE Detention is McAllen, Texas. During our time with the children, those ages ten and up shared stories of being separated from their parents in cages they called ''La Perrera". In Latin America, "La Perrera" is known as the place where the most vicious dogs are kept. Children spoke of the difficult conditions they experienced in ICE detention. The children that are separated inside ICE facilities are suffering effects of anxiety, stress and fears of ongoing parent separation. The emotional trauma that is imposed on them can have a life long impact on their development. Let's stand together to 1) Stop immigrant children being separated from their parents in ICE detention and 2) Tell Immigration Customs Enforcement to Stop housing children ages ten and up in cages in South Texas Immigration Detention Centers and others that use this same practice. Our immigrant children and families are not criminals and should be received with care as they are fleeing violence and have  suffered so much. The picture above was drawn by a child right after being released from ICE detention center in South Texas. Here you see "La Perrera" painted by a child who lived through this experience. We hope you will consider signing this petition so no more children will have to be separated from their parents in ICE detention.  #NoMoreCages for children in ICE

Belinda Arriaga
1,593 supporters