Make ICE Stop Taking Children From Parents And Losing Them.
“Last month, Steven Wagner, the acting assistant secretary of the administration for children and families (ACF), announced at a Senate hearing that the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement — an office he oversees — was ‘unable to determine with certainty the whereabouts of 1,475 children between October and December.’
In March, the American Civil Liberties Union sued the Trump administration for forcibly removing young children from their parents who are awaiting asylum hearings. The class action lawsuit “claims the practice by government agencies of separating young children from their families violates the Due Process Clause and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). The lawsuit represents a proposed class of ‘hundreds of individuals whose minor children have already been taken from them.’”
Action: Contact ICE and Officials to Stop Taking children from their parents at border
Dear [name], During a Senate oversight hearing, Steven Wagner stated that the whereabouts of 1,475 immigrant children are unknown. Our nation has a moral responsibility to protect children and treat them with basic decency, regardless of immigration status. This means we must vet caretakers thoroughly to prevent exposing kids to work- and sex traffickers. We must stop the inhumane practice of separating children from parents as an immigration deterrent. We must hold detention facilities accountable for child abuse. We must track kids post-release to ensure their well-being—especially those currently missing. As a taxpayer funding this egregious neglect of duty, I urge you to take full and immediate responsibility for the well-being and safety of vulnerable children and infants. Sincerely, [name, state]
Contact the following officials using the script above.
Chief of Staff John F. Kelly
202-456-1414 (or TTY)
Attorney General Jeff Sessions
202-353-1555 (or TTY)
DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Email: DHSSecretary@hq.dhs.gov
202-282-8495 (or TTY)
Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan Immigration and Customs Enforcement,
500 12th St. SW, Washington, D.C. 20536
HHS Secretary Alex Azar Email: Secretary@HHS.gov
Acting Assistant ACF Secretary Steven Wagner
ORR Director Scott Lloyd
This action is from Olympia Indivisible’s weekly Call to Action with formatting edits. Be sure to go to their website for more on the actions, upcoming events and for their latest Research Report. Also find them on Facebook.