Topic

Migrant Children

43 petitions

Update posted 9 hours 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
7,296 supporters
Update posted 4 days 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
1,472 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Department of Homeland Security

Stop Separating Immigrant Families_Buddhist Statement

[PLEASE SEE THE UPDATE FOR AN ACTION YOU CAN TAKE JULY 20, 2019] As Buddhist leaders and practitioners, we unreservedly condemn the recently imposed policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the US-Mexican border. Over the past few weeks, thousands of children have been inhumanely taken from their parents by US Customs and Border Protection, in a policy that has been condemned by the United Nations and many international human rights observers. Indeed, no other country has a policy of separating families who intend to seek asylum. Whatever the legal status of those attempting to enter the US, separating children from their parents is a contravention of basic human rights. Parents seeking asylum make long, dangerous and arduous journeys in an attempt to find safety and well-being for their precious children. Ripping these vulnerable children from their parents is cruel, inhumane, and against the principles of compassion and mercy espoused by all religious traditions. From a Buddhist perspective, it is the close bond between parents and children that nurtures not only the physical well-being of children, but their psychological health and their moral formation.  Separating children from their parents and holding them in detention inflicts terrible and needless trauma and stress on young children that hampers and damages their development, causing long-term damage. This policy being employed on United States soil is morally unconscionable. That such egregious actions be employed as a deterrent for families seeking entry and/or asylum in the U.S. – using the sacred bond between innocent youth and their parents – is unjustifiable on any level. We suggest that our current defenders of this policy visit some of these border crossings and child detention centers so they can experience for themselves the present effects of their decisions. It is difficult to conceive that anyone having compassion for our world’s children and their families, and who witnesses such pain and anguish for themselves could continue to uphold such a practice. As people of faith and conscience, we feel that it is important that we speak out clearly in defense of basic human rights at this time, calling for an immediate end to this heartless practice. In doing so, we join the voices of many religious leaders and congregations that have unreservedly condemned this policy of separation. This policy is a serious violation of the rights of the child and must be stopped today. Signed: (Click here for a list of over 200 Buddhist leaders)

Soto Zen Buddhist Association
50,553 supporters
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
580,836 supporters