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Join one of the more than 400 events scheduled on June 30 to demand an end to President Trump’s cruel and inhumane policy of jailing families for months, even years, and for families to be reunited. We must keep families together in an environment where children can be free and thrive.
The Trump administration admitted that it had separated 1,995 immigrant children from their parents over a recent six-week time period, from April 18 to May 31. This means that on average, 45 children are being taken away from their parents per day. This is the result of Trump’s new “zero tolerance” policy, a policy that requires criminal prosecution of all adults who cross into the U.S. without authorization. According to media reports, half of the detained children are under age 12. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary confessed that DHS was unable to account for the location of these children, making reunification with their parents impossible.
On June 20, President Trump bowed to public pressure and outrage at his cruel treatment of immigrant children and families by issuing an Executive Order that retracts his inhumane policy of separating immigrant children from their parents. But Trump’s Executive Order still requires children to remain in jail, even though now they will be locked up with their families, in violation of the Flores Settlement Agreement. Read more about the Executive Order here.
President Trump's executive order is not a solution to the manufactured crisis he created at the border. Parents and children will continue to be treated like criminals and jailed indefinitely when they reach the border seeking asylum. This is inhumane and not the solution that Americans want. And this is not what we mean when we say #FamiliesBelongTogether.
Message Guidance: Family Separation and Trump’s Executive Order