Daily Do: Call Congress and tell them DHS should not separate families apprehended at the border

****Daily Do for Friday, January 5th, courtesy of Seattle Indivisible and Alx Dark****

In the latter half of 2017, immigration and refugee service agencies saw a sharp increase of cases where immigration agents have separated children from their parents when they apprehended families crossing into the United States illegally.

In March of 2017, DHS Secretary John Kelly announced a policy to separate families in this manner to deter illegal immigration, but he backed off from the policy after receiving enormous criticism for the proposal. Nevertheless, not only are advocacy groups seeing this tactic being used, but newspaper reports suggest that current DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is close to approving this as an official deterrence policy (as of December 21st).

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ACTION 1:

Call our members of Congress and tell them DHS should not separate families apprehended at the border, excepting extreme circumstances like concern for the safety of the child:
–Sen. Patty Murray, 202-224-2621
–Sen. Maria Cantwell, 202-224-3441
–D10 Rep. Denny Heck, 360-459-8514
–D3 Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, 360-695-6292
–Text RESIST to 50409 and follow the prompts to fax/write/call your Members of Congress

SCRIPT:

My name is [NAME] from [ZIP]. I’m calling because I do not support the practice of the Department of Homeland Security of taking children away from their parents at the border. This policy is an inhumane violation of human rights, especially for people fleeing violence and hardship. I encourage the SENATOR/CONGRESSMAN/CONGRESSWOMAN to inquire into DHS practices and take appropriate legislative steps to halt this cruel practice. Thank you!

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ACTION 2:

Email DHS and tell them you oppose this practice using your own words or using a variation of the script above.
–Cameron Quinn, Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties <crcl@dhs.gov>
–John V. Kelly, Office of Inspector General <dhs-oig.officepublicaffairs@oig.dhs.gov>

Background:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/19300dc2-e66c-11e7-9ec2-51…
https://www.nytimes.com/…/trump-immigrant-families-separate…
https://www.womensrefugeecommission.org/…/Family-Separation…
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/…/Her-husband-murdered-her-…

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DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is considering a proposal to separate parents from their children after border arrests, according to officials with knowledge of the plans.