Trump has shown further inhumane acts concerning children being seperated from families who are trying to claim asylum within the USA. Officials say 1,500 children are unaccounted for – reported in NY Times.
The children are being seperated at the border between USA and Mexico.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said:
“If you cross the border unlawfully …. then we will prosecute you”
“If you’re smuggling a child, then we’re going to prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you, probably, as required by law”
“If you don’t want your child separated, then don’t bring them across the border illegally. It’s not our fault that somebody does that.”
Social media backlash with #wherearethechildren hashtag erupted amid reporting that some children had been taken by human traffickers.
“This is without a doubt one of the cruellest, most inhumane decisions President Trump has proposed so far, shame on him and shame on any Republican who doesn’t immediately speak out against it” said Democrat legislator Joe Crowley.
People are demaning to know what has happened to the unaccounted children.
Weeks later, there has been no let-up in anger towards the Trump administration, and many are demanding to know the whereabouts of the unaccounted children.
How you can help from: politicalchange.org
- Contact your U.S. Senators and Representatives. Their job is to conduct oversight of DHS–they must hold DHS accountable. Simply say, “I am outraged by how our government is treating children at the border. What is my Senator/Rep doing about this?” Find your Senators here. Find your Representative here. If you use 5 Calls to contact your reps, they have a script on their system for this issue already.
- The ACLU is gathering signatures to petition Kevin K. McAleenan, Commissioner of United States Customs and Border Protection to stop the government from abusing immigrant children. You can find the petition here.
- You can contact ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) directly. Write to them here or call them at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE.
- NEW: The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has recommended guidelines for human rights at international borders which you can read here. The reported actions our DHS is taking do not comply with these guidelines. You can contact the UN Office for Human Rights here.
- NEW: Amnesty International has been calling for an end to the U.S. policy of separating children at the border. Their call to action can be found at the end of this post here.
- NEW: Americans of Conscience has a list of 7 other U.S. officials who need to hear from us, plus a script to use. That list is here.
Some of the Anonymous collective have setup a specific chat for the purpose of researching #wherearethechildren.
The results of some of the research so far are in the following pastebin: