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ICYMI: USA Today: “’I thought she was going to die’: Parents separated from children after Mississippi ICE raids”

“Every morning, 9-month-old Elizabeth wakes up and reaches across the bed to breastfeed, but her mother isn’t there.” USA Today’s Alan Gomez, Alissa Zhu, Giacomo Bologna and Rebecca Morin detail the enduring and heartbreaking consequences of the Mississippi family separation immigration raid earlier this month.  According to Douglas Rivlin, Director of Communications for America’s Voice, … Continue reading »

ICYMI: New York Times: “A Border Kept Him From His Daughter. Now He’s Here to Say Goodbye.”

America’s Moral Collapse Continues A new gut wrenching story from the New York Times’ Christian Goldbaum and Miriam Jordan, with photographs from Christopher Lee, details the prolonged separation of Heydi Gámez García, a 13-year-old refugee from Honduras, and her father Manuel Gámez, which ended in Heydi’s death by suicide.  Heydi, whose asylum case was accepted, … Continue reading »

Washington Post Editorial: “Reunifying the families Trump tore asunder will take a long, long time”

As we approach today’s deadline for the Trump administration to reunite 2,500 children with their families, the Washington Post is out with a scathing editorial. They conclude: “From top to bottom, the Sessions-Nielsen zero-decency policy is a humanitarian outrage perpetrated in the name of the American people.” An excerpt of the editorial is included below: … Continue reading »

Following Father’s Day Vigil, Advocates and Immigrants Available for Comment Re: Family Separation

South McAllen, TX –  Following today’s vigil with Secretary Julian Castro and Representative Filemon Vela (TX-34), held in front of the Ursula Border Patrol Processing Center in South McAllen, TX in support of all the children held inside without their parents on Father’s Day, experts are available for comment regarding the Trump administration’s cruel policies of … Continue reading »

This Father’s Day, Many Immigrant Fathers Will Be Separated from Their Children

This Father’s Day, many fathers across the country will be having backyard BBQs with their children, receiving tools and tech gadgets and hugs. For untold numbers of immigrant fathers however, the day will be different. Immigrant fathers along the border may be in the next room over from their children and unable to see them. … Continue reading »

Ahead of Father’s Day, Members of Congress Call on Trump Administration to Stop Ripping Apart Families

Ahead of Father’s Day, Senator Blumenthal (D-CT) joined Representatives Gutiérrez (D-IL), Gallego (D-AZ), and Polis (D-CO) and immigrant advocates to call on the Trump administration to end its inhumane policy of ripping apart families at the border. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), said, “I am the son of an immigrant. My dad came to this country … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Dara Lind: “The House GOP says their new bill bans separating families at the border. That’s a lie.”

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, along with others, claims that the recently-negotiated and just released Republican-only bill would end family separation. Vox’s Dara Lind is out with a must-read explainer. Spoiler alert: The GOP is lying. As Lind explains: House Speaker Paul Ryan and others are emphasizing a different aspect of the bill. They … Continue reading »

PHOTOS: Thousands March, Rally Across the Country to Say: #FamiliesBelongTogether

Communities across the country came together again on Thursday for a National Day of Action to oppose the Trump Administration’s cruel and inhumane immigration policy that is separating children from their parents at the border. Marches, rallies, vigils and protests were held in nearly 80 cities across the country by more than 4,000immigrants and allies, … Continue reading »

PHOTOS: These Members of Congress (and John Cusack) Are Risking Arrest in Protest of Separation of Families

More than 500 activists from across the country joined several members of Congress and the actor John Cusack today to risk arrest in protest of the ongoing separation of families. It’s estimated that thousands of immigrant children have been separated from their families after crossing the border. The activists today started at Freedom Plaza in … Continue reading »

Civil & Human Rights Groups File Emergency Request to Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Stop Family Separations, Reunite Families

The Emergency Request is on behalf of five parents who were separated from their children in South Texas A recording of the call can be found here Read the Request for Precautionary Measures here. Read the stories of the petitioners here. McAllen, Texas — Yesterday, the Texas Civil Rights Project, the Women’s Refugee Commission, the University … Continue reading »