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Daily Dispatch 8/19/2019: Voices Crying Out

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August 19, 2019

We continue to learn more about the effects of the massive ICE raids that recently took place in Mississippi food processing plants, the latest being that a four-month baby that is still nursing has been separated from her mother. The woman’s husband is facing his own deportation trial. Presently, he is raising their three children, including the baby, while they wait to see what their fate will be. All three of their children were born in the United States, and are, therefore, American citizens. Many migrant parents facing deportation will be forced to make hard decisions about where their children will go and who will raise them.

The husband spoke to the Clarion Ledger under condition of anonymity because of his undocumented status and fear of arrest or reprisal. His priest, the Rev. Roberto Mena of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Forest, served as translator.

He and his wife have three kids. The oldest, an 11-year-old boy, is in school. Their 3-year-old boy has a sweet smile and is full of rambunctious energy. And their youngest is the infant.

All three children were born in the U.S., and therefore are American citizens.

For people who entered the country without permission, like the parents, the few existing paths to obtaining legal status are highly restrictive and complicated. There’s no way to “get in line” for the vast majority of undocumented immigrants, according to the American Immigration Council.

The husband came to the U.S. 14 years ago. He left his hometown in Guatemala because there was no work there, he said.

Orange Is the New Black stories

Actress Diane Guerrero from Orange is the New Black (OITNB) opened up on The Van Jones Show about how her parents were deported back to Columbia when she was a child and the trauma it caused her. An immigration reform activist herself, she’s challenging the administration and those of us who have our ears to the ground, with what will we do with the children who are traumatized by these massive raids and the children who might get left behind once their parents are deported.  

Meanwhile…being included in a plot arc on OITNB offered increased visibility and reach for the National Immigrant Detention Hotline, a project managed by Freedom for Immigrants. Yet the power of a pro bono detention hotline was apparently threatening for some. Just a few weeks after season 7 was released, it is reported that the hotline extension has been shut down by the powers-that-be. Freedom for Immigrants is urging prompt action:

Once again, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) attacked our First Amendment right to freedom of speech. This time by terminating our national hotline pro bono extension, which we’ve operated for six years.

The termination of the National Immigration Detention Hotline occurred within two weeks of the premiere of Season 7 of the popular Netflix show Orange is the New Black (OITNB), which featured Freedom for Immigrants’ hotline by name.  Freedom for Immigrants’ hotline was featured as a storyline throughout multiple episodes of this season, and the organization’s connection to OITNB garnered dozens of media articles.  For example, InStyle Magazine published an op-ed written by Freedom for Immigrants staff, BuzzFeed published an op-ed by OITNB executive producer Carolina Paiz about her visit to a detention facility with Freedom for Immigrants, Los Angeles Magazine published a profile piece on Freedom for Immigrants. Dozens of other new outlets, including People Magazine,, Vanity Fair, Vulture, The Hill, NBC New York, published stories mentioning Freedom for Immigrants. 

Ironically, Gloria (Selenis Leyva) tells Maritza (Diane Guerrero) in Season 7, “You gotta be careful though. Apparently as soon as Big Brother figures out you’re using the hotline, they shut it down.” Being featured in OITNB brought massive attention to the organization’s work regarding abusive and neglectful conditions in immigration detention centers. And for this, we are being punished by our government.

The suspension of Freedom for Immigrants’ hotline extension is impermissible retaliation to the organization’s First Amendment-protected expression. The hotline’s termination also creates the clear appearance ICE is attempting to silence critics and limit the public’s awareness of alleged abusive conditions in immigration detention. 

The Quixote Center has endorsed an organizational sign-on letter directed to USCIS officials, copying executives at Talton Communications, a Homeland Security contractor that profits by charging detained persons to make calls to connect to the outside world, and that is also supposed to make pro bono legal defense calls available to detainees, calling for the reinstatement of the hotline, allowing for continued accountability of the government and its contractors that profit from immigrant detention.

A wealthy heiress and her anti-immigration mission: A close look at Cordelia Scaife May  

And, shining a spotlight on the elitist roots of the modern anti-immigration movement, today The New York Times profiles Cordelia Scaife May, and the story of how this wealthy woman’s views on population control and the environment led to her anti-immigration beliefs and how one of her legacies, the Colcom Foundation, continues to fund the anti-immigration movement and many of the most extreme policies to close off the United States to migrants. The Independent reports:

Fourteen years after May’s death, her money remains the lifeblood of the anti-immigration movement, through her Colcom Foundation.

It has poured $180 million (£148 million) into a network of groups that spent decades agitating for policies now pursued by current US president Donald Trump: militarising the border, capping legal immigration, prioritising skills over family ties for entry and reducing access to public benefits for migrants.

“She would have fit in very fine in the current White House,” said George Zeidenstein, whose mainstream population-control group Ms. May supported before she shifted to anti-immigration advocacy.

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Showing the Faces of White Supremacy

“Why do people share these guy’s [sic] photos. Don’t you realise that’s exactly what they want?”

This is the comment a follower left on QC’s Facebook page after I posted a photo of the El Paso shooter along with a blog post about the massacre. I reject the premise that we should not show the face of a killer. I understand that there are terrorists who seek infamy from heinous acts, and who may thrive off notoriety. However, we need to put a face to white supremacy and domestic terrorism, and in most cases, it’s the face of young, white males.

Statista reports that 64 out of the 114 mass shootings that occurred in the United States between 1982 and August, 2019 were committed by white shooters. That’s more than half. Showing the faces of these murderers helps to combat the narrative that the real threats to our society and the United States are people of color including Black people and immigrants. Showing their faces is important if we are going to put an end to the criminalization of people of color and immigrants. The media matters, and as a Black person, I experience the effects of media’s power every day. I’m met with stereotypes about Black people and Black women in particular everywhere I go whether it’s in the workplace, churches or schools. Noam Chomsky addresses the power and political implications of the media in his book “Manufacturing Consent.” We can’t deny that what we see affects our opinions and actions, especially when it comes to what we allow and support as American citizens. This is why the president continues his hate-filled rhetoric about people of color and immigrants.

The 1915 film, “The Birth of a Nation” is the perfect example of how media is used to shape the public’s opinion of a group of people. In the movie, a white actor in blackface portrays a Black man attacking a white woman and engaging in all kinds of criminal behaviors. Many suggest that the movie revived the Klu Klux Klan. Even today, Black men and boys are criminalized in the media to shape public opinion and influence outcomes in the educational and judicial systems to name a few. The “Preschool to Prison Pipeline” is an example. It shows that 47 percent of preschool students who are suspended are Black despite being 18 percent of the total preschool population. Studies also show that “Black men who commit the same crimes as white men receive federal prison sentences that are, on average, nearly 20 percent longer, according to a new report on sentencing disparities from the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC).” These are only a few reasons why I feel passionate about showing the killers’ faces from the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. These men, who happen to be white, are not misunderstood. They did not play too many video games. They did not come from “great families” and merely made mistakes as New Jersey family court Judge James Troiano said of an accused rapist. According to their own manifestos, they are racists and white supremacists. It’s time for us to call “a spade a spade.” 

Also, let’s juxtapose the pictures of these domestic terrorists to images of Black death. When it comes to the violent deaths of Black people at the hands of the police, we are bombarded by those images. Many of us saw Philando Castile die in his car after being shot by the police. We saw Michael Brown’s bloody body in the street. We witnessed Eric Garner be choked to death. We saw Sandra Bland violently detained by police. We saw little Tamir Rice shot to death in seconds by police. Why do we want to veil the faces of those who commit mass murder, but when it comes to Black death, the masses are allowed to consume those images for weeks and sometimes years?   

We know that words have power. Well, images have power too. It’s time for America to stop covering its eyes to some of the real threats to our society – racism and white supremacy. Maybe if we not only name these evils – but also stare them in the face – we will be in a better position to defeat them.

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Lights for Liberty Vigil

In my church we sing a song that goes like this, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine.” That’s exactly what me and hundreds of other protestors did in Columbia, Maryland Friday evening for the “Lights for Liberty” prayer vigil. We let our lights shine in support of immigrants in Howard County. We also protested against Trump’s mass deportation raids that were supposed to begin last weekend. The vigil in Columbia was one of many vigils all over the nation.

Man telling his story about being detained by ICE.

The vigil took place at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center and was filled to capacity. Actually, the turnout shocked me. I didn’t expect hundreds of residents to show up on a hot Friday night in support of those seeking refuge in the community. Some of the speakers even expressed their surprise. The center was so full that they had two overflow rooms. I sat in one of them. The vigil began with an interfaith prayer service in which a rabbi, imam and Christian minister prayed for those seeking asylum in the United States. We also heard the story of an undocumented man who was captured by ICE after the car he was a passenger in got into an accident. He explained that when he couldn’t produce identification, the local police turned him over to ICE. He told us that his two daughters kept asking him when he was coming home during his incarceration. Thankfully, with the help of organizations who assist immigrants, he was able to remain with his family in the U.S.    

Overall, the vigil was extremely moving. It encouraged me to see so many people standing for migrant children and families. The sense of unity in the place was also inspirational. My hope is that people’s passion to help immigrants lasts and transforms into real change in this country. The organizers offered ways we could help including purchasing groceries or running errands for those afraid to leave their homes. This is a start; however, real systemic change needs to take place.

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The Definition of Torture

Yesterday on “The View,” Meghan McCain expressed her displeasure with the use of “torture facilities” for the detention center used for migrant children in Clint, Texas. During the heated debate, Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin tried to get McCain to understand that the focus should not be on how we describe the centers, but on what’s happening to the children in them.

“We should care about the dead kids coming out of them,” Hostin said.

However, in traditional Meghan McCain fashion, she kept berating her point about not calling detention centers torture facilities because she’s “been to an actual torture facility.” McCain said that the use of the word torture is hyperbole when it comes to the living conditions of migrant children in the detention centers, and we shouldn’t keep describing them that way.

My first question for Meghan is do you have children? My next question is have you ever watched how they responded when you left them and they didn’t know when you were coming back? Or if you were coming back? I’m a mom, and I know the fear, anxiety, stress and trauma seeming abandonment can impose on a child. Have you ever encountered a child who was lost and couldn’t find their parents? Have you seen their panic? This story doesn’t compare to the what migrant children are facing in detention centers, but I remember when my 4-year old got trapped in the bathroom at the gym while I was working out. The workers weren’t paying attention, and she got trapped in the bathroom with the lights off. She was banging on the door hysterically, screaming and crying. She was deathly afraid. Now, imagine the panic and fear these children face sleeping on concrete floors behind fences and in the dark without their parents? It’s torture Meghan.

 Also, after interviewing hundreds of those children, they confirmed what many of us already suspected. The children said they have been physically and sexually abused in these centers. Abuse combined with the unsanitary living conditions like sleeping on concrete floors, babies with no diapers, open toilets, no soap and not knowing when you’ll ever see your mom and dad again sure sound like torture to me. I can remember times when I dropped my children off in the care of someone else and hearing their cries and sometimes screams because they didn’t want to be without mommy. These children haven’t seen their parents for weeks; they’re living in dangerous and unsanitary conditions and being subject to abuse.  

The back-and-forth between Meghan and the ladies on “The View” is the perfect example of how these horrible injustices go unresolved because people get caught up in the superficial nuances of what’s actually happening. The point is, Meghan, that children are suffering. They need to be returned to their parents. The behavior and zero-tolerance immigration policy of this administration is deplorable, and something needs to be done about it today.  

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We marched to the White House

Last Wednesday, Mfon Edet and I participated in the “Moral Witness Wednesday” march to the White House organized by the Rev. Dr. William Barber and his team at Repairers of the Breach. The purpose of the march was to publicly indict the president and his administration on how immigrants and the poor are treated in the United States. Hundreds of clergy and laypersons from various faith traditions gathered in the morning at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. to organize, go over the rules and share fellowship before the march. After that, we lined up, five persons in row, and marched through the streets of Northwest D.C. to the White House.

This was the first time I participated in a march of this size. Most of my organizing and political activism has taken place on a smaller scale with community residents against police brutality and economic injustice. Also, my denomination, the African Methodist Episcopal Church (A.M.E.), goes to the State House in Annapolis annually for “A.M.E. Day” where we present our priorities to legislators. I’ve also worked behind the scenes supporting movements. This was the first time I actually marched as a public witness with other persons of faith.

As an ordained minister, standing as a moral witness is not foreign to me. It’s part of the job. I am called to be a physical representation of God and to speak for God against that which doesn’t line up with truth, justice, love and equality. My presence as a clergyperson is supposed to invoke repentance in cases of evil and injustice. The presence of the clergy on Wednesday and our moral witness were aimed at calling President Trump to repentance. I guess he felt some kind of way about it, because he closed down Lafayette Parkbefore we reached it and didn’t allow us to come near the White House, so I don’t think he heeded the spiritual warning.

Despite his cowardice, it moved me to see Muslim, Jewish and other faith traditions standing in solidarity and unity as a moral witness to the atrocities that take place in our country when it comes to family separation, migrant detention and policies against the impoverished. The speeches I heard were powerful and moving. The refrain of the first speech I heard as we gathered on the sidewalk outside of Lafayette Park was, “America is not well” to which everyone responded in unison. This was a direct challenge to the president’s claim that America is on its way back to “greatness” under his leadership. I saw ministers there I knew, some I followed on Twitter and never met face-to-face until that day, and I even met new people. The spirit was very collegial and uplifting, and I felt hopeful in the midst of the group.  

However, in the midst of the collegiality was also a reminder that we still have a ways to go. A non-Black woman in our row said to my coworker, Mfon, “See, Black people can drink Starbucks.” She said this as she pointed to an African-American man present holding a Starbucks cup. We don’t know what point she was trying to make; we think her statement was in reference to the recent incidences in Starbucks where the police were called on Black patrons. However, it is a reminder that despite our good intentions, we still need to address the prejudices, racial biases and just plain ignorance within ourselves and organizations because they are what lead to the inhumane policies we spoke out against and the apathy that many Americans suffer from even when seeing the conditions of detention centers and the effects separation has on migrant children. Sojourners magazine recently published an article from Itzbeth Menjívar about the racism she faced as an executive at a progressive social justice nonprofit.

The incident doesn’t take away from the success of the event. It’s just an opportunity for us to take a close examination of ourselves and address issues that are pervasive in our society even in social justice work. However, the event was a success despite the president’s cowardly move of closing down Lafayette Park. I look forward to supporting other events organized by Repairers of the Breach and the Poor People’s Campaign. I hope you do the same.

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Juneteenth and Why We Keep Fighting for Freedom

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On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers in Galveston Bay, Texas informed enslaved Blacks that they were free – two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. Known as “Juneteenth,” African Americans celebrate this day as the end of chattel slavery. Although emancipation was a major step in the freedom of Blacks in America, little did they know the challenges awaiting them during Reconstruction and the “Jim Crow” era. African Americans had no education, no resources, no voting rights and suffered under unjust systems such as the “Black Codes” and the sharecropping system, which ensured that workers would never profit from their land. Vigilante terrorist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan sprung up to enforce the codes, and lynching skyrocketed. If African Americans violated the law, they were sentenced to forced labor and rented out to private companies by the state. Doesn’t sound much different from today’s prison industrial complex, does it?  

Juneteenth is a reminder that although African Americans are technically free, they still suffer under similar unjust systems, the most damaging, I believe, to be the prison industrial complex. Here are some facts from the NAACP’s “Criminal Justice Fact Sheet”:

  • In 2014, African Americans constituted 2.3 million, or 34 percent, of the total 6.8 million correctional population.
  • African Americans are incarcerated at more than 5 times the rate of whites.
  • The imprisonment rate for African American women is twice that of white women.
  • Nationwide, African American children represent 32 percent of children who are arrested, 42 percent of children who are detained, and 52 percent of children whose cases are judicially waived to criminal court.
  • Though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately 32 percent of the U.S. population, they comprised 56 percent of all incarcerated people in 2015.
  • If African Americans and Hispanics were incarcerated at the same rates as whites, prison and jail populations would decline by almost 40 percent.

There is nothing new under sun, and we see the U.S. government enacting the same tactics it has used against freed African Americans against immigrants and those seeking asylum in the United States. Migrant detention and family separation are very reminiscent of the atrocities African Americans faced after emancipation. Immigrants have emerged as another “criminal class,” and the president’s racist rhetoric fuels this notion. We all remember Trump’s “shithole countries” comments.  

This is why in the midst of our celebrating, Juneteenth should remind us that we still have a long way to go when it comes to “justice for all,” and we should continue to be vigilant in our fight for justice. The hope is to see a country where all of its citizens are truly free and those seeking refuge are offered the opportunity to experience this freedom as well.

For more information:

PBS: What is Juneteenth?
Smithsonian: National Museum of African American History and Culture
American Immigration Council: The Criminalization of Immigration in the United States

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Why aren’t more Black pastors talking about immigration?

When was the last time you heard a sermon about immigration or detention centers in a predominately Black church?

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I can’t recall the last time either and it’s surprising to me because the Bible is filled with so many stories about those seeking refuge in other countries including Joseph, Mary and Jesus fleeing and crossing the borders into Egypt to escape Herod. What is more troubling is that Black churches in mainstream denominations rarely talk about immigration even though statistics report that Black immigrants make up 10 percent of the nation’s Black population. In New York, Black immigrants account for almost 30 percent of the Black population. Florida comes in second with over 20 percent of its Black population being foreign born. Also, after Mexico and Central America, which have the most detainees by far, the five countries from which people are detained the most are Haiti, Ghana, Dominican Republic, Nigeria and Jamaica (See full chart here).  

Trump got most of our attention when he referred to predominately Black countries as “shithole countries.” The soundbites from Sunday morning sermons from pastors of Black churches from around the country were endless; however, that’s where the majority of Black churches’ attention ended. Even the audio clips, videos and pictures of the inhumane conditions of detention centers in the United States have not proved enough to keep Black churches engaged in advocacy for immigration reform. So what’s the deal?

Overwhelmed by oppression

It could be that Black churches are so bogged down by the systemic injustices that Black Americans face that they don’t have the resources to address issues such as immigration. Police brutality, wage inequalities, health disparities, the preschool-to-prison pipeline, unjust sentencing and the prison industrial complex are enough to keep any church busy. Many pastors and congregants feel so overwhelmed with the issues that plague our immediate communities that issues such as immigration do not seem like immediate concerns. Oftentimes, they’re working hard to advocate for and meet the needs of their congregations.

Rev. Dr. George L. Parks, Jr., senior pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, agrees that Black churches are overwhelmed by systemic issues that directly affect African Americans. He also says, “Integration and upward mobility have given the so-called middle-class Black Americans a false sense of security that we are beyond those types of issues. Assimilation has desensitized us.” However, he states that “The church has a responsibility to the disenfranchised and not just to those who sit in our pews.”

Could it also be that Black churches have strayed from the social justice tradition of the churches before and during the Civil Rights Movement? Many of our denominations don’t view advocacy and social justice as part of the Gospel message. I believe some pastors are conflicted. When pastors start to talk about social justice and public policy, many are met with demands from their members to “just preach Jesus” and the pressure from congregants is too much for the them to stand up against.

Ben Ndugga-Kabuye, the Research and Advocacy Manager at Black Alliance for Just Immigration, says the Black church has strayed away from Liberation Theology, which used to be at the core of our expression of faith. He says that there is no substantial critique of the isms that impact today’s society, i.e., sexism, racism, and imperialism to name a few. Instead, the church has become a triage center where people get patched up and sent back out into the world without the church ever addressing the root causes of oppression. “The Black church doesn’t talk about immigration because we don’t know the Black refugee we worship.”

Othering of immigrants – even Black ones

Yes, the “us” versus “them” is prevalent in the Black church too even when it comes to Black migrants. Oftentimes, the othering we fight against as Black Americans is the same tactic we use to defend our lack of political involvement when it comes to immigration. I have heard many times that Black Americans don’t feel compelled to advocate for migrants because “They don’t like us either” or when it comes to immigrants from Latin American, “They’re just as racist as White people.”

To give an example, @JmaihN7 on Twitter who is originally from Kenya, but now lives in the United States shared with me the following, “An African American pastor once told me that people like me shouldn’t be in this country enjoying the freedoms fought for by the African American slaves.”  

I’ve also heard that immigration is “not our fight.” However, for every person who believes immigration is not the Black church’s fight, there are pastors who are connecting with other communities. Rev. Sydney Williams, senior pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Morristown, New Jersey, says, “I want to see more of our local outreach programs benefiting Hispanic families rather than exclude them.” He also says, “…what are Black congregations doing to welcome our brothers and sisters from Central and South America? They are very much part of the African diaspora whether they consciously embrace it or not.”

Many Black Americans are familiar with the prison industrial complex and the preschool-to-prison pipeline that destroy the lives of youth and families. Migrants seeking asylum are becoming a new criminalized class. Family separations and the deplorable conditions of detention centers should move us to want to do something – at the very least preach about it. We need to pay attention. In the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.” 

For more information:

Sojourners (Preaching on Immigration)
Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Interfaith Immigration Coalition (Migrant Sunday Liturgy)

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Self-Care for Activists

In 2014, Erica Garner led a protest march in New York City after a grand jury decided not to indict a police officer involved in the death of her father, Eric Garner.
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In 2014, Erica Garner led a protest march in New York City after a grand jury decided not to indict a police officer involved in the death of her father, Eric Garner. Andrew Burton/Getty Images

In January of 2015, I had the honor of sitting in front of Erica Garner at the BET Honors award show in Washington, D.C. Erica Garner is the daughter of Eric Garner, a man who was killed by a New York City police officer after the officer used an illegal chokehold on Garner. The tragic death of her father ignited her passion for social justice work. She became very vocal about the unjust killing of her father and about police misconduct.

CNN reported in December of 2017:

Erica Garner became a prominent activist in the wake of her father’s death, pushing for   political change and social justice broadly aligned with the Black Lives Matter    movement.

She told CNN’s Don Lemon in 2014 she believed her father’s death had more to do with police misconduct than race.

“I can’t really say it’s a black and white issue,” she said. “It’s about the police officer and abusing their power.”

Sadly, three years after the death of her father, Erica Garner died after suffering a heart attack at 27. She was the mother of two children. I am thankful I had the opportunity to meet her and tell her how her family’s story impacts my work; however, Erica’s sudden death and the deaths of other young activists like her brings to the issue of self-care in activism and justice work.

Oftentimes when we get involved in advocacy and justice work, we fail to think about the toll it takes on our physical, mental and emotional health. That’s why over the next few weeks for our “Wellness Wednesday,” we’re going to share self-care tips for activists on our Facebook, Twitter and IG pages. Follow us, and stay tuned.   

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You Can’t Separate Immigration from Family Values

Whenever an election comes around, people want to know about candidates’ position on “family values.” Most of the time when people talk about family values they mean where a candidate stands on marriage or abortion. Very rarely does this coded language include genuine concern about families because if it did, we wouldn’t see the continued abuse of migrant children and families at the border under the Trump’s administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

Photo courtesy of CNN

CNN released heart-wrenching photos of migrant families at the McAllen, Texas Border Patrol station that show children sleeping outside on the ground, some covered by Mylar blankets. Another photo shows a woman clutching a child and leaning against a wall. All of the photos confirm the horrific conditions migrants face at the hands of the U.S. government.

The article states:

An official from the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees Customs and Border Protection, responded to the photos in a statement saying in part: ‘As multiple DHS officials have been warning for months, the border security and humanitarian crisis continues to worsen. Current facilities and funding are inadequate for migrant flows.’ The official cited the administration’s request for additional resources to house migrants, and legislative changes to stem the flow of migrants.  

Investigations into the conditions at holding stations and in detention centers have already uncovered inhumane conditions and gross abuses. We’ve heard audio of children crying for their parents and families, and we’ve seen the videos of children who’ve been reunited with their parents and the concerning behavior they demonstrated after the trauma of being ripped from their families for months. On Mother’s Day, the Phenomenal Women Action Campaign and Families Belong Together mobilized mothers all over the country and launched the Phenomenal Mother Movement in an attempt to stand in solidarity with migrant families and raise awareness.  

When are we going to get real? If we don’t think about the conditions of migrant children and families in these holding stations and detention centers and demand answers from the administration, then we can’t honestly say we care about family values. You can’t compartmentalize immigration and family values.

If you want to learn more about how you can help, please check out the following organizations:

Families Belong Together

Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign

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