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On Stopping Family Separation

On Stopping Family Separation

On Stopping Family Separation

This weekend, while riding bikes and playing card games with my children, I felt a heavy weight in my chest. Under the Trump administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy, families are being separated at the border. More than 2,300 children have been ripped from their parents since April, while trying to cross into the U.S. to seek asylum. No matter what your politics are, separating families is inhumane and unacceptable. Here’s what’s happening, and what we can do to help…

Who are these families?

“The vast, overwhelming majority of people crossing the border in 2018 are seeking asylum from gang violence in Central America,” says Allegra Love, immigration attorney and director of Santa Fe Dreamers Project. Over the past ten years, the political situation in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala has grown increasingly dangerous, as gangs and cartels have seized power. “People are being extorted and required to make regular payments to gang members. If they refuse, they or their family members are murdered. Boys as young as eight years old are forced into the gangs. If they or their parents refuse, they are murdered. Young girls are forced to become the property of gang members and treated as sex slaves. If they or their families refuse, they are murdered. The police are unable to help, and in many cases have themselves been infiltrated with gang members, so that making a police report brings more danger. Parents are fleeing and bringing their children here to rescue them from rape and murder,” says Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, an immigration lawyer in Austin.

What is asylum?

Asylum is the right to live in a country, given by the government of that country, to people who have to leave their own country because they are in danger of persecution.

Why don’t these families enter the country legally?

Entering at the legal ports of entry is becoming difficult or impossible. U.S. border protection agents are physically preventing families from entering the country. They’re telling people at the borders that there is no room. “They are systematically violating U.S. and international law by blocking immigrants at international ports of entry on the southern border from entering the country so they can claim asylum,” writes Texas-based immigration writer Debbie Nathan.

Plus, it’s important to note that agents are also separating some families at the legal ports of entry. “They are turning people away at the bridges, they are holding people indefinitely in prisons, they are neglecting medical needs, and yes, they are even separating parents and children at the ports (especially dads and their kids),” says Allegra Love, director of Santa Fe Dreamers Project.

If the ports of entry are turning them away, then how can people seek asylum?

Exactly. They can’t. Unless they cross another way. And remember, these families are desperate.

So, the families “cross without a visa on a raft. Many of them then look for Border Patrol to turn themselves in, because they know they’re going to ask for asylum,” says Anne Chandler, executive director of the Houston office of the nonprofit Tahirih Justice Center. Historically, at that point, they’ve been able to go to a family detention center and start the asylum process.

How are children being separated from their parents?

If you step on U.S. soil, you have the legal right to seek asylum. But in May, the Trump Administration enacted a “zero tolerance” policy against people crossing the border. “This means everyone, regardless of cause or circumstance of entry, gets prosecuted for illegal entry,” says immigration attorney Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch. Parents are being taken to federal court and their children are taken from them.

One mother reported that her baby was taken from her while breastfeeding. Parents said they heard their children screaming from another room before being transported away. One father died of suicide after being separated from his wife and three-year-old.

“The officers say, ‘I’m going to take your child to get bathed.’ That’s one we see again and again. ‘Your child needs to come with me for a bath,'” Anne Chandler, the executive director of the Houston office of Tahirih Justice Center, told Texas Monthly. “The child goes off, and in a half an hour, twenty minutes, the parent inquires, ‘Where is my five-year-old? Where’s my seven-year-old? This is a long bath.’ And they say, ‘You won’t be seeing your child again.'”

Here is a recording of 10 sobbing Central American children, who were separated from their parents last week by border agents. “Many of them sound like they’re crying so hard, they can barely breathe. They scream ‘Mami’ and ‘Papá’ over and over again, as if those are the only words they know,” writes ProPublica. “The baritone voice of a Border Patrol agent booms above the crying. ‘Well, we have an orchestra here,’ he jokes. ‘What’s missing is a conductor.'”

Is it a law that requires families to be separated?

There is no law that requires families to be separated. It’s a Trump Administration policy.

When are these children going to be reunited with their parents?

Who knows? “There is NO agency responsible for facilitating communication or reunification of these families. Parents are getting deported without their kids, and shelters are filling up. These families are being transferred and taken all around the U.S. depending on where there is space for them. Parents are not told where they are going, where their kids are, or whether they are okay,” says immigration attorney Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch. Many children are currently being held in old warehouses, tents or big box stores.

What does the U.N. say?

The United Nations has urged Washington to immediately halt the practice of separating asylum-seeking families. “The practice of separating families amounts to arbitrary and unlawful interference in family life, and is a serious violation of the rights of the child,” says a spokesperson for the U.N. human rights office.

What can I do to help?

Call your congresspeople. If you want to find out who your senators and representatives are, and how to contact them, go to this great website — you enter your zip code and boom, the names and numbers are right there. Here’s a short script of what to say if you need a starting point. Phone calls can be intimidating, but the process itself is truly easy and takes less than a couple minutes.

Volunteer. If you speak Spanish, Mam, Q’eqchi’ or K’iche’ and have paralegal experience, The Texas Civil Rights Project, The Florence Project and RAICES are a few of the organizations looking for volunteers. If you’d like to get involved locally, you can look up immigration-related organizations near you by entering your zip code, and contact them to see if there is anything you can do to help.

Donate. As we mentioned on Friday, we donated to The Florence Project, an Arizona organization that offers free legal services to families in immigration custody, and RAICES, a nonprofit in Texas that is paying the bond for parents currently being held in detention and providing legal services. There’s also the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, which champions the rights of unaccompanied immigrant children, and ActBlue, which divides your contribution evenly between 14 organizations (including the ACLU and some of the places listed above) working to protect migrant children from being separated from their families at the border.

Protest. Families Belong Together is coordinating protesting over the country. To find marches near you, search your zip code here.

(Do you have any other suggestions? We are always eager to learn more.)

On Stopping Family Separation

On Stopping Family Separation

On Stopping Family Separation

On Stopping Family Separation

Thank you so much for reading. Do you have any other suggestions of ways to help? Or questions for the group? This is a horrifying violation of human rights and must be stopped.

P.S. More quotes, if you’d like to understand further:

“I cannot think of an act that is more cruel and more inhumane than to rip the child from the arms of the mother. A mother who comes fleeing systematic torture, rape, death, gang violence. The cartels run her neighborhood, run her nation and her government does not, will not, cannot protect her… She comes to the United States, not illegally, but following one of the greatest traditions in our country, to seek asylum, from death and from torture. We welcome her and her children to this country,” said Luis Gutierrez, a congressman from Illinois.

“Today I was on a conference call with caseworkers who are helping separated kids. The little kids (‘tender aged’) are not able to participate in legal screenings because they are crying inconsolably through the meetings and presentations. The caseworkers are used to helping children talk about past trauma, but are for the first time having to help kids who are currently experiencing trauma.” — Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, immigration attorney in Texas

“I am an attorney who represents immigrants through the Florence Project, and my clients have come to this country to claim asylum because they were kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery (and escaped), abused and threatened with murder for political reasons. Unlike myself, they do not read the NY Times on a daily basis and do not know up-to-the-minute policy decisions made by our federal government and therefore do not know that children can be ripped away from them if they come here; they only know that they will die if they stay in their home country, and that America is a place where they respect human and civil rights. If you met any one of them, saw their scars (literally) and heard their stories, I’m almost certain you would see it differently.” — an immigration attorney and CoJ reader, who commented on Friday

(Photos by John Moore.)

    • I was just about to post – this is the campaign we started on Facebook. So far tonight I’ve tagged about 40 #postcards4families and the donations keep rolling in, as well! Please get the kids you know writing postcards! Information here: https://www.facebook.com/donate/1088122154674162/

  1. Anne says...

    Thank you so much for this helpful post. I am beyond heartbroken over this policy and do not understand how people can justify separating children from their families. There is no justification. This is a pivotal moment in our nation’s path, and I hope we will work together to unite families. I hope we will come together in the spirit of kindness and tolerance and that we will be touched, as Abraham Lincoln said, “by the better angels of our nature.” Please, please, please let’s focus on the children.

  2. Lizzy says...

    Thank you Cup of Jo….I really appreciate your response to this evil act. I knew this administration was ruthless….but this is beyond cruel and unnecessary. Anyone that defends it not human .

  3. Nicola says...

    As a Canadian I have contacted my MP and our immigration minister to ask two things:

    1) Pressure PM Trudeau to condemn the American policy, so the world knows where Canada stands. (The goal being to provide hope and solidarity to those fleeing persecution.)

    2) That our government immediately consider suspending the safe third country agreement. (Offering Canada as a country of refuge.)

    COJ and the considered, respectful comments and discussion by its readers have given me hope. Thank you, Joanna and team.

  4. Vani says...

    I can’t understand how someone can justify this saying they are just following the law. Its heart breaking to see the pictures of these kids. Do we feel so safe and superior than the rest of the world where we justify kids of US citizens are the only ones whom we need to treat right? How can these people sleep peacefully at night?

  5. Sera says...

    Thank you so much for this post! I am just devastated by this happening in our country. It’s disgusting. I have so many words but I think I’m just echoing at this point. But thank you so much.

  6. I couldn’t stop thinking about this, especially on Father’s Day. I felt completely helpless and wanted to do something about it. A group of artists approached me and in the past 24 hrs we put together a benefit art show to support children and families at the border. Here’s a link to our event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1408796219264401/

    Any help sharing and helping this be a success would be appreciated! Thanks!

  7. Thank you so much for this post. My heart is breaking. I thought that we were done ripping children from the arms of their parents (something we did during the time of slavery). I have called my representatives and told others of your helpful post on my own blog. I hope that this will end soon and that the families will be reunited.

    • Wanda says...

      Dottie thanks for noting that. America did it to the Native Americans also. Keep doing the same horrible things.

  8. Kate says...

    Eloquent, compassionate and thoughtful writing, as ever Joanna. Thanks for summing up the situation for a Brit watching what’s happening with concern, (but standing with you and these desperate people by donating). I’m just willing this man and his acolytes to be ousted from power sooner rather than later for America’s sake and that of the wider world… x

  9. Danielle says...

    Is there anything we can do from overseas. I live in New Zealand. And this just breaks my heart. Is Donating the best way for us to help? Thank you so much for using this platform to get clear and helpful information out there. I have two little boys and the thought of someone taking them from me simply for trying to keep them safe makes me want to cry.

    • Nadege says...

      Donate and encourage your friends and family to do the same

    • Jess says...

      I wonder if you could organize your own march in conjunction with the Families Belong Together marches planned for June 30 here?

    • Ali says...

      And please keep speaking up for the individuals and families the Australian government STILL have locked up on Nauru and Manus :-(

  10. Susan Karber says...

    This I believe to be the privilege and the burden of all of us who deem ourselves bound by allegiances and loyalties which are broader and deeper than nationalism and which go beyond our nation’s self-defined goals and positions. We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation and for those it calls “enemy,” for no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers.” Martin Luther King….A lot of work went into this piece! Thank you! Very informative

  11. Katie Peshek says...

    Thanks for sharing Joanna. I’ve been following your bog since before you and Alex were engaged! Your voice has the power to reach so many and open people’s minds – I appreciate you using your influential platform to project such an important message.

  12. Hayley says...

    Thank you for this. I have found myself constantly near tears the past few days with each new update and report- a feeling that has grown almost normal this year. Thank you for suggesting ways to help.

  13. Mona Cardwell says...

    Thank you. I called three reps this morning, shared this post with several people and wrote an article imagining a solution to this incomprehensible and appalling crisis—all inspired by you. I vow to do more than wring my hands.

  14. Francis says...

    I feel so sad for these families seeking asuylum. They are desparately seeking help and refuge, only to be given the opposite treatment.

    However, I have mixed emotions stemming from this. I feel anger – not necessarily at the Trump administration – but towards the reaction from our society.

    Where was all the outrage, legal teams, and passionate journalism when women and children were being torn from their families and villages and made into sex slaves for ISIS? Where was the uproar from all these US advocates when men and boys were being slaughtered by ISIS? Does anyone else remember this? Where were all the letters and phone calls to the White House demanding action be taken to help these people in these countries? I’m disappointed that it takes a harrowing situation on US soil to make people’s heads turn, yet when this very same thing happens elsewhere, the very same people turn the other way and their voices are silent?

    • Hani says...

      I appreciate what you are saying and I understand it. So many tragedies, one after the other–a lot of times, we become maxed out with trying to carry them all. I think this one hits so close to home because it IS close to home- this is US, the U.S., our policy that is inflicting this harm. I think it’s important not to diminish the engagement of one tragedy over another–they are all fires. When you are putting out fires, you start with the ones nearest you.
      Most people whom I’ve found to be likeminded and likehearted in this particular instance are, like me, OFTEN disturbed and moved to action–donating, educating, volunteering. We cannot do it perfectly or 100% of the time though. It’s simply not possible. I completely understand your sorrow and frustration. There is so much hurt and tragedy.

    • Plenty of people were outraged about ISIS, but I think you’re seeing more outrage here because this is happening AT HOME. I had no idea what to do about ISIS, except to up my monthly donation to organizations like MSF who provide humanitarian aid globally to people in need. Here, we have a bit more power — we can call our reps and vote. A lot of this outrage stems from the fact that we as Americans have always thought ourselves better from a human rights standpoint than countries where ISIS is in power — though who knows how long we’ll hold onto that opinion, now. I think people are always going to be more upset about things happening closer to home than things happening far away — I think that’s human nature.

      Also, while true we need to care about all people everywhere, shifting the conversation is not helping solve the current problem of the children in danger right now.

    • Thank you for pointing that out. And I agree. It’s important to rise above the temptation to focus on certain tragedies that are clearly politically tied. This is a bipartisan statement.

      Also, what about all of the children separated from their parents when their parents are jailed or imprisoned? This happens all of the time here in the US. Where is the outrage? Who is there to help those children?

    • Ali says...

      There are horrifying situations happening all around the world, ISIS is just one of them. The point here is that each of us must keep our own government accountable for the things they do. Sure, get passionate about situations around the world and choose one (or some) to advocate for, but a separate responsibility is for each of us to use our voice as voters to condemn actions when our governments acts unjustly.

    • Cara says...

      Totally agree with this comment and want to add the “where were we all” during the current issue in our foster care system in the US? Kids are being ripped from their families every.single.day here in the US and put into a broken, wildly underfunded system, but it is so common and routine now that it doesn’t make the news. Sure, there will always be other issues to focus on, things we could be doing better, don’t compare one thing to another, whatever, but it frustrates me still.

    • Heather says...

      It’s understsndable to have frustration that there is so much outcry about this and so little on other equally terrible issues. As others have said, the fact that this is happening in our country certainly strikes a chord, but even more than that I think it’s the fact that there’s so many people defending it … The universal response to this should be “the US is ripping children from their mothers’ arms and putting them in cages, that’s horrible and unacceptable and we as a nation need to find a different, more moral and humane way to handle our immigration issues “… so to hear our fellow Americans say they’re ok with this, and support it, and view it as necessary to protect our nation (coupled with all of the other horrific talk, implying immigrants are the cause of all the US’s problems, talking about poor people from other countries like they’re not even human, etc) just further drives home to us all how important it is that those who oppose this speak up.

  15. Emily says...

    Hi Joanna (& team!!)

    I just wanted to express my upmost appreciation and respect for your team in not only spreading awareness about this issue (and many others), but for always providing ways to HELP. I have been a long time reader and never commented, but I wanted you to know that you are making a difference. Please keep up the amazing work.

    When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” ― Fred Rogers

    THANK YOU for being HELPERS.

    p.s. I’ve never contacted any of my representatives regarding issues, but as a result of this policy I have contacted my senators, representative, and called the president to tell him that he needs to do something immediately to end this. I have also directly asked my close family and friends to do the same. And finally, we’re also making donations. Despite all of this, however, I still feel helpless. Hoping that these families can be reunited soon.

    • El says...

      Thank you for reaching out to your reps about this issue.

  16. Liz says...

    Thank you for using your site to highlight this. I’m so heartbroken and angry that this is happening.

  17. THANK YOU for sharing this and breaking down FAQs. will be sharing asap

  18. Reem says...

    I had to wipe my tears to write this – but why aren’t the news outlets reporting on context? (Admittedly, I don’t consume much traditional media anymore.) We are just shown people who arrive at the border, as if they’re showing up to a friend’s house. I know this is up for debate, but I wish there were more emotion and humanity in news coverage. Well done. Thank you.

  19. Stephanie says...

    Thank you for this! I’ve never before called on members of congress, but I did today. Will be looking into the donation options you mentioned as well. This is truly heartbreaking.

  20. rachel says...

    Thank you for posting this. I read of this issue first as I nursed my own infant son and my heart broke, thinking of being separated from my seven week old (and two older kids). Here’s hoping our calls to our congressmen can enact change and humanity!

  21. Sady says...

    Thank you for using your platform to amplify this message and support good work #FamiliesBelongTogether

  22. Maria says...

    I think it is necessary to address an issue that is not being discussed. To cast some perspective. As a criminal attorney, I can tell you that there are many (hundreds of thousands) of people in the United States being prosecuted for misdemeanors (federal and state) that are not incarcerated and separated from their children. So whether you agree on a hard line about immigration or that these people are breaking the law, the fact remains that this is prosecutorial discretion at its cruelest. And, I should add that there are people released to the general population awaiting prosecution having committed far greater crimes, more morally culpable crimes, than seeking safety in our country.

    • Aimee says...

      Well said. Just goes to show that the people responsible for this policy and its enforcement have lost their moral compass, if they ever had one. It’s sick that they think they are justified in their behavior.

  23. Yes yes yes. I am an immigration attorney and parent of two little girls under three. (And loyal Cup of Jo reader). The policy to separate children from their parents is a human rights violation no matter if migration is legal or considered illegal. Thank you for using your voice to speak up for the children and parents traumatized by this horrific policy.

  24. carol says...

    thank you for using your platform to speak out on this, joanna. i really can’t thank you enough.

  25. Ashleigh Anne says...

    Dear Joanna,
    Your voice is very important. The way you communicate is unique and I believe you can make great change by using it the way you did today. Please continue to post about this. Please don’t stop. Keep going.

    • El says...

      Yes! I love seeing this site use its power for good. :) I’d love a weekly action suggestion, in the style of the Wall-of-Us newsletter (which is also a great resource).

    • Morgan says...

      This x1000. Thank you Joanna and team.

  26. Jennifer says...

    Thank you so much for this post!!

  27. Kathy says...

    I’m calling my Senators and asking them to join the Keep Families Together Act rather than proposing a competing Republican bill (which might have been introduced this morning…? I’m a little behind). It seems like pure politics and a waste of time to try to make this a partisan bill.

  28. Kerstin says...

    The news grows darker by the day.

    “… No protocols have been put in place for keeping track of parents and children concurrently, for keeping parents and children in contact with each other while they are separated, or for eventually reuniting them. Immigration lawyers, public defenders, and advocates along the border have been trying to fill the void.”

    https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-government-has-no-plan-for-reuniting-the-immigrant-families-it-is-tearing-apart

  29. Kerstin says...

    “In case you were wondering, one-third (95 out of 289) of all American Nobel Prizes in the Sciences have been earned by immigrants to the United States.” ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

  30. Kerry says...

    Is there something UK residents can do? I assume donate but anything more?

    Sorry if you’ve been asked this lots

    • Lucy in England says...

      Kerry I think it’s worth emailing both our constituency MPs and the Foreign Secretary and ask them to a) unequivocally condemn this horrific practice and b) uninvite the perpetrator of this horror from his state visit and c) refocus on mental health and family welfare at places like Yarl’s Wood with their history of abuse. We have our own issues here too, sadly.

      If it goes ahead, it’s our turn to hit the streets. See you there!

    • Myra says...

      Find glennon doyle melton, her together rising community and donate. She together with others is doing great things in trying to help. Or donate to Amnesty International could be a possibility. I am from the Netherlands and feel disgusted and helpless.

    • Ellen says...

      people outside the US can donate to the RAICES bond fund (mentioned by Joanna). Tthis very directly reunites families because judges can decide to let people await their court date outside of the prisons. The excuse for this policy is that the kids can’t be in federal prison where their parents are. But if a judge grants bond, a parent (through the RAICES fund or family members pitching in) can pay their bond (somewhere between $1000 and $5000, though recently sometimes higher), and leave prison to live with their kids until their hearing.

  31. Rebecca says...

    I’m in the UK. This is an international travesty. What can we do from outside the US?

    • Myra says...

      Find glennon doyle melton, her together rising community and donate. She together with others is doing great things in trying to help. Or donate to Amnesty International could be a possibility. I am from the Netherlands and feel disgusted and helpless.

  32. Tanith says...

    Thank you for posting this!! And thank you for making it Q&A so people can determine what is actually happening and why it is happening. There is a lot of confusing information out there, and this is so clarifying.

    I called my State Rep. – Pramila Jayapal, who just announced that June 30th as a nationwide day of protest: https://front.moveon.org/breaking-nationwide-protests-against-family-separation-announced/

    I hope everyone else considers contacting their representatives, especially if they are in Republican-lead districts.

  33. JG says...

    I am horrified – literally sick to my stomach. But, thank you so much for summarizing the situation and placing all of these resources at our fingertips. I have donated to Raices and am about to call my Texas reps.

  34. Kathryn says...

    Thank you, I have been feeling powerless, and there has been hard, to find information on concrete ways to donate. Is it possible to do a round-up of all of the suggestions for additional ways to help?

  35. Cam says...

    Thank you for compiling all these resources and using your voice as a force for good.

  36. sasha says...

    Just heartbroken. The cruelty and inhumanity used by those trying to gain political power is unfathomable for those of us who are decent. COJ, thank you for this post, commenters, for all of the helpful links and words of solidarity, donations and protest actions. Please don’t stop. It is our duty as humans and Americans in a democracy to stop this abuse, and to end this regime.

  37. C. says...

    It seems no problem is clear and simple in it’s genesis, evolution or resolution. Is this the only problem in our country or the world? No. Is it complicated? Yes, so very complicated. Will it be easily resolved? I think not. Will it morph into something else as people attempt to address it? More than likely- from the news it seems that is happening as I write this. Are there those who will use it as a way to advance their agenda? Always. Will it ever be done? Sadly, I think not. We can’t possibly take it all on. But nevertheless, let us press on with this one thing, because we can. There are actions we can take, and many ways to contribute are being presented here (thank you, CoJ). I get the emotional reactions- I’m struggling with them too. We are all so full of passion, life is intense, and these are tumultuous times. And this is a crisis involving children- how could we not respond? But bickering will pit us against each other, weigh on us, slow us down. The higher the emotion, the more rational thought shuts down. No good will come of throwing more fuel on the flames of outrage. But perhaps with calm, clear thinking and a willingness to contribute and move forward, we can make a difference for these children and families who are caught between worlds. Perhaps it will be a temporary solution, perhaps it is flawed. But I believe it is of great value to try our best, whatever that may look like for each of us. So let us get to work, and not lose sight of the big picture. Children needs us. Calmness and focus will help us contribute constructively. So let’s do that – let’s help, with purpose and respect and recognizing that what we have in common is more important than our differences. Let’s create something better than this. I’m unemployed, but today I will give $20. I will call my legislators, I will call a local organization that is involved and ask about volunteering. And tomorrow I will get up and see what more there is that I can do. Onward, people.

  38. Cyndi says...

    I have done mission in Galveston for 5 years in a place where these children are held. It is not a TRUMP thing, it is a government thing. I agree that I don’t understand why the children are taken from the parents. The children have come from terrible places, but are safe there and taught there. We did crafts with the children and worked on the soccer fields. It is a clean & loving environment. That being said let’s make sure we know the facts.

    • Colleen says...

      It sounds like you did this before the recent zero tolerance action. I would imagine if you went back now you would see a different environment, with resources stretched thin.

    • Naomi says...

      Here are the facts: If there’s one thing that’s clear, it’s that this is entirely a Trump thing. The president is enforcing this policy and he has the power to stop it. He’s choosing to do this, and it’s entirely on him.

    • Kristin says...

      Cyndi — you are correct that this type of thing can happen when parents are arrested for immigration violations and there are no family members in the U.S. to sponsor the children. It’s always a tragedy when that happens, and it’s one of the reasons that people have been calling for compassionate immigration reform for a long time. But the new “zero tolerance policy,” which has led to *asylum seekers* being arrested en masse, is new, is causing this to happen on a far greater scale, and is 100% a Trump thing.

    • Bracco says...

      Thank you for being honest. This problem has existed for several administrations. I really believe if you want to come apply legally or you get sent back.
      Yes these illegals come from terrible places but when are these people
      going to stand and try to rebuild their own nations. Look at Europe’s problems with their immigration decision.
      As the expression goes “freedom is not free and neither is a safe, peaceful life

    • Caitlin W says...

      Just because it’s a “clean and loving environment” doesn’t make it any less abusive and inflict long-term effects on children including PTSD. You doing crafts with them didn’t change the fact that they NEEDED their parents there- not a do-gooder standing in. Don’t kid yourself into thinking people like you on a mission made it any easier or better for these children suffering and alone wondering if they will ever see their families again. Let’s make sure we know the facts, right?

    • Karen says...

      Sure, but at the end of the day the child is w/o parent and parent is w/o child. This utopia you’ve described can’t provide the safety, tender nurture and unconditional love that’s felt in the arms of a loved one. Once the child has completed a craft they can’t run in the arms of their mother to show what they’ve done. Thank you for your mission in Galveston, but let’s not allow the system to obscure the inhumanity of separating parent & child.

    • Gemma says...

      I think you might have been with older children who arrived unaccompanied. These are small children and babies in diapers. They don’t need crafts or soccer. They need their parents. Denying them their families as punishment to the parents is inhumane in the extreme.

      Also, as reported on MSNBC, the Trump administration took an average of 46 migrant kids a day from their parents last month. As of this month they’re up to 67 kids a day. They’re ramping up. This isn’t a 17-year-old kid arriving on his own. These are tiny children who will never recover from the trauma Trump, Sessions, Kelly, Miller etc are inflicting on them. It is breathtakingly evil.

    • Jennifer Borchard says...

      I’m sorry, Cyndi, but your facts are wrong. The children you were working with were likely unaccompanied minors crossing the border. These children at issue today attempted to cross the border with their families and have been forcibly separated from their families during that crossing attempt by the USG.

      This IS a TRUMP thing, as you put it.

      In April, AG Sessions announced a zero-tolerance policy for border crossings.

      In May, AG Sessions said again: “If you cross this border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. It’s that simple. … If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law. If you don’t like that, then don’t smuggle children over our border.”

      Previous administrations DID NOT separate families as a general rule. The Trump Administration could choose to stop this practice and reunite families at any time.

      Finally, this is not, as Laura Ingraham suggests, “summer camp.”

      Another source for facts, including an explanation of the purpose of the camp you described volunteering at:
      https://www.npr.org/2018/06/19/621065383/what-we-know-family-separation-and-zero-tolerance-at-the-border

    • JTA says...

      Cyndi. I don’t know if it would help to post this. Many people I have met who feel the same way you do generally dismiss Politifact as a “fake news.” But I think it’s important to get the facts out there. Even if it does not persuade you that this is a “Trump thing” and that the administration has every ability to reverse this policy, I want other readers on this site to stay informed. Here’s what Politifact has to say about the President’s many misrepresentations and outright lies about its own “zero tolerance” policy:

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2018/06/19/the-facts-about-trumps-policy-of-separating-families-at-the-border/?utm_term=.3b9f0ccbb53e

      Four Pinocchios. I am an immigrant. My parents were boat people from Vietnam. People do not leave their parents, their children, their land, their country to risk death, incarceration, and worse just because they want to have fun. People leave these things behind because they are desperate. Because they have nothing to lose. Because they have to leave domestic violence and worse where they currently are. I know — my parents immigrated here legally, but I can tell you that if they had the choice, they would have immigrated here illegally too. As parents, they would have done anything they could to ensure that their kids have a better life. I would implore you to have a little more empathy for the families that are being torn apart.

      While I know the children are fed and given movies and activities. This is not summer camp. My own heart aches when I have to leave the bedroom and my own children ask me to stay with them in their bedroom to tell them one more story. When I leave the room, my kids cry because they want me to stay with them. And my heart aches. Imagine the trauma that these kids are going through. They are in an unfamiliar country. Being talked to in a unfamiliar language. They miss their parents. The people who have protected them all their lives and have risked their own lives to ensure a better life for those children.

      I don’t understand anybody who cannot see that child separation is traumatizing and immoral in and of itself.

    • Lauren E. says...

      I’m sorry, but no young child, no matter the amount of fun crafts they’re treated to, understands being separated from their parents enough to not be completely scarred by it.

    • Laura C says...

      Hi Cyndi, as I understand it, under the Obama administration families who tried to enter the US illegally were detained together and not separated.

      The Flores settlement requires that children not be detained for longer than 20 days. Under the Obama administration, when this time limit was reached, they opted to release families while their application for asylum was processed. The Trump administration has instead opted for this monstrous approach.

      I don’t mean to pit Obama against Trump (I’m Irish, living in Ireland and am relatively objective). I’m just pointing out that both administrations dealt with the same problem and one has chosen to deal with it in a manner absolutely devoid of humanity and compassion. There can be no justification for this.

      And with the best will in the world, crafts and games are scant comfort for a child who has been separated from their flesh and blood. There is no substitute for your parents.

  39. Cecile says...

    Thank you. <3

  40. Jillian says...

    I’m trying to leverage what professional skills and privilege I have at my disposal to urge donations — especially from those on the verge of giving — by offering my copyeding services to new donors. I hope this can also support those feeling lost and struggling to meet deadlines. It’s an experiment. I wish I had more power.

    If you’re reading this, you can find more details here: https://twitter.com/jtpesto/status/1009096896692932608

    I upped my monthly donation to CHIRLA in Los Angeles and donated to RAICES before calling my representatives. Thank you for this post.

  41. Kate M. MD says...

    If are a physician, please use this link to sign the letter from the Physician for Human Rights, which calls for an end to this horrifying and inhumane practice.
    https://secure.phr.org/secure/family-separation-sign-letter#pledge
    Thank you for these resources. My heart is breaking over this. I am thinking of my 3 young children, and those poor mothers, fathers, and children.

  42. Alexis C. says...

    Thank you so much for posting so comprehensively about this, Cup of Jo!
    For anyone interested, my friends and I are gathering letters protesting the separation of families at the border that will be hand delivered to our reps in DC this week. If you’re interested in submitting a letter, please email it to stopborderseparations@gmail.com and we’ll take care of printing and delivering it. We’re happy to provide a letter template upon request, as well.
    Everyone is invited to participate and we’d love to have every state represented. So far, we’ve collected nearly 300 letters, but we’re still needing representation from AL, DE, HI, IN, KS, MS, NE NM, ND, OH, OK, RI, SD, WV, and WY.
    Thank you for all the efforts you’re all making!

    • Hi Alexis,
      I’m from AL and would love to be your AL representation. If you have a letter template, I’d be happy to pass it around down here as well.
      My email is laura.jamesau@gmail.com
      Thanks!

    • Lindsey says...

      You can add Texas to your list! I’m emailing you right now.

    • Alexis C. says...

      Thank you both so much!
      Laura – I am forwarding the template to you now!

    • Jaclyn says...

      I’ll gladly rep RI!
      I’d also appreciate a letter template.

      My email is jaclyn923@gmail.com

  43. Anna says...

    Joanna, Yours is one of the last blogs that I actually check every day. When I saw that you hadn’t posted yesterday I knew that you had something special in the works on this topic. I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for creating truly unique content in your voice, being true to your voice, vision and heart, and using your platform for good. I’m physically sick thinking about these families and I’m so grateful that you and others are raising awareness.

    • Reem says...

      Same! On all points.

  44. Cyndi says...

    I agree it is a huge problem. I have been working during Spring Break at a facility in Galveston TX for over 5 years now to work on soccer fields and do crafts with children who are separated from their parents due to this. This is not a TRUMP thing by any means. The problem is big and not easy to solve. Don’t point fingers! Know your facts, here in TX our schools struggle because of illegal immigration, our schools have to provide for this financially and therefore our children are penalized in the schools have less money to improve technology, schools, and curriculum. It is never one sided, there is always a by product or side effect.

    • Stephanie says...

      I also agree. While enlightening, this article is not comprehensive. These practices were used in Obama era as well, and strengthened under Trump. It isn’t right to separate families, and it isn’t right for criminals to use childen to seek asylum either. Running a country is complex, and our leaders have to decide where the money goes (with economic pressure to always do more with less money.)
      She is right about one thing though… our leaders need all the opinions to accurately reflect the area they represent. Take time to develop your own voice, and let your voice be heard.

    • Julia says...

      It is wonderful that you give your time in this way. Unaccompanied minors are different than deliberately separating children from their parents, though. The former isn’t good by any means but people are legitimately and rightfully appalled by this new and cruel strategy to deter asylum seekers. Obviously border issues are complex and go back a long time, but it’s never okay to separate children from their parents in this way, and it is a violation of international law.

    • Kathy says...

      Hi fellow Texan! Just wanted to note that this is a Trump administration policy. Its true that there have long been child detainees in the U.S., particularly in our great State, because they arrived as unaccompanied minors, their parents were detained for actual crimes, etc. But the new zero tolerance policy has caused the separation of essentially all families crossing the border, including those seeking asylum. To me, this is very different.

    • Heather says...

      I live here in Houston, too, and know too well the struggles of our public schools (my kids going into 3rd and 5th grade). I don’t think anyone is saying illegal immigration isn’t a problem or that it doesn’t have far reaching effects. We are only saying that parents and children shouldn’t be separated. No matter who started it or how long it’s been going on or the reasons why. Our own country’s child welfare services have a family-first policy and a family reunification goal. This individual problem could be put to a stop immediately by the President and his administration. And yet they will not do it.

    • Alex R says...

      Hi there! I’m an immigration attorney in NYC who works exclusively with unaccompanied immigrant kids kids. The policy of separating children from their parents is very much new and very much a Trump thing. It sounds like the kids you were working with arrived unaccompanied at the U.S.-Mexico border. They are detained and then released to relatives in the U.S. (most of my clients arrived in the U.S. like this and spent time in similar facilities). It is a brand new policy to separate parents who cross the border from their children.

      The issue you mention about struggling schools has nothing to do with whether it’s right or moral to separate children from their families.

    • Lizzie says...

      Hi Cyndi,
      If your schools need more money, pay more taxes. You get what you pay for. The success of another child does not take away from yours. Others don’t need to suffer so you can thrive,
      Sincerely,
      A childless woman who pays a ton of taxes for the amazing schools in Massachusetts

    • Nat says...

      It’s incorrect and shameful to blame the problems of public school funding on illegal immigrants. Unfortunately, it seems a common reaction in our country, to blame immigrants/the poor/minorities for our governmental/societal problems. Public schools are underfunded from the federal government (just take a look at the percentage spent on them vs spent on the military, for example), and inequitably funded on a state/regional level due to residential taxes. So an area with more immigrants, blue collar workers, or working class people has less funded schools. Moreover, it has been the federal government’s agenda since the original implementation of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) to de-fund public schools in favor of a free market, privatized system that goes by the guise of “school choice.” Charter schools are private–they are owned and run by private companies, have shareholders who profit from them, but are funded by the governmental resources public schools are. So that small amount of government money that goes to public schools also goes to charters, where it makes it’s way to shareholders’ pockets, not to classrooms. Of course, more issues with where money comes and goes play into this underfunding as well, but to blame immigrant children is wrong.

  45. CB says...

    Thank you for putting together such a clear resource guide. I sometimes get overwhelmed with situations like this, wondering how I could possibly help. I called my congressman, my senators, the White House and donated today. My heart is broken for these families.

  46. Joyce says...

    Joanna,

    Thanks you SO much for addressing the injustice of the separation policy that is taking place at our nation’s border. My heart aches to think of the many families affected by this policy.

    Jeff Sessions recently tried to (wrongly) use Christian scripture to defend this abhorant practice and I wanted to send along an article showing that Christians are pushing back against this policy and setting the record straight about how we are called to love our neighbor and how that shapes our political practices.

    https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/asylum-family-separation-sessions-trump/

    May God have mercy on these suffering families and bring relief in the form of policy change.

  47. M. says...

    This is so heartbreaking but still not at all surprising considering the USA is , still to this day, the ONLY UN member state who has not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It means they are not bound to the Convention’s protocols by international law, even when taking actions that implicate severe violation of children’s rights and do not prioritize their best interest.

  48. Kristin says...

    I’m an attorney in Orange County, California. I’ve been trying to figure out what I can do to help but most of the legal resource needs that I can find seem to be in Texas. Is anyone aware of anything I can do to help from here? I can’t travel, unfortunately, because I have my own small child….

    • Sarah says...

      I’m in the same boat. Go to immigrationjustice.us. You can sign up to volunteer as an attorney remotely. You can help assemble asylum application packets, prep detainees for bond hearings, etc. I signed up last night and standing by for more details as they organize what I hope is a huge effort.

  49. Elizabeth says...

    Thank you for this article. Is there information about how we can foster these children? We were planning on expanding our family, but I would prefer to help a child in need of a home before having another.

    • Malisa says...

      I would love to know this as well! I mean honestly, I just want to go down there and snuggle these kids all day and night. I think of my own children crying for me with no response or answers and I well up with tears. I just can’t imagine.

    • sm says...

      I say this with respect and as gently but firmly as possible – what these children need is all of our efforts to reunite them with their OWN families. Not a new home, not snuggles. Your question comes from a place of good but unfortunately misplaced intentions.

  50. Maggie says...

    On NPR, they were talking about how the administration didn’t even officially announce this policy in other countries, or buy PSA’s in countries that are home to big migrant populations, as administrations have historically done when implementing a new policy, to tell people that this would happen to them if they crossed the border. So the idea that this will deter people from crossing the border isn’t just heinous (though it definitely is that) but it’s also ABSURD.

  51. Abby says...

    Thank you for posting this. Aside from calling senators and donating to the ALCU, a friend posted this on facebook and I found it helpful and very quick to take action:

    4. We now know the names of two contractors that are coordinating these child concentration camps.
    1.) MVM Inc.
    2.) General Dynamics
    Here are the emails for General Dynamics’ PR team’s (h/t Shannon Coulter at Grab Your Wallet) – as she says, we’re going to make them work for their paycheck:
    lryan@generaldynamics.com
    Carol.Smith@gd-ms.com,
    DDuBard@nassco.com
    david.hench@gdbiw.com
    Mark.Meudt@gdit.com
    porterr@gdls.com
    rafael.moreno@gdels.com
    heidi.fedak@gulfstream.com
    heinz.aebi@jetaviation.ch
    laurie.vanbrocklin@gd-ots.com
    dbarrett@gdeb.com

    Draft email script:
    Hello,
    It has come to my attention that your business is holding immigrant children in jails and/or financially benefiting from child concentration camps.
    Some of these are children and their parents seeking asylum. They should not be separated from their parents.
    Please ask your leadership to back out of this contract, as there is no way to justify this. Consider your business and your complicity in this abhorrent moment in American history.
    The world is watching.
    [your name]

    5. Donate a meaningful amount for you:
    • The ACLU
    • Al Otro Lado is a binational organization that works to offer legal services to deportees and migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, including deportee parents whose children remain in the U.S.
    • CARA—a consortium of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association—provides legal services at family detention centers.
    • The Florence Project is an Arizona project offering free legal services to men, women, and unaccompanied children in immigration custody.
    • Kids in Need of Defense works to ensure that kids do not appear in immigration court without representation, and to lobby for policies that advocate for children’s legal interests.
    • The Legal Aid Justice Center is a Virginia-based center providing unaccompanied minors legal services and representation.
    • RAICES is the largest immigration nonprofit in Texas offering free and low-cost legal services to immigrant children and families.

    6. Share with your networks

    • Megan says...

      General Dynamics is also a publicly traded company (NYSE: GD). Make sure you don’t have stock in them, and urge any mutual funds, 401k administrators, etc., you might have to sell their stock. No one should profit off of kenneling immigrant children.

      (MVM is privately held)

    • K L says...

      This is fantastic. Thank you.

  52. Lisa Marie says...

    Just sent another daily email to one of senators in opposition to this.

  53. jill c. says...

    thank you SO much for this. I donated to RAICES and called my rep. (your link for the script was very, very helpful). This is so tragic I can’t bare to even think about it….my hear aches for these children and their parents.

  54. Lisen says...

    Would you be able to look into how your readers from other countries could lobby their UN representatives on this?

  55. Hanneke says...

    I live in Europa and have been watching in horror. What can non-Americans do to help, other than donate?

  56. I’m baffled, sickened to see this. I live in Canada & have three kids. I saw & heard stories such as this here & there but it was too unbelievable to believe that it is actually happening. This in depth article you published made my legs shake. How Americans are not SCREAMING on the streets; it is very very very sad & so disconnected. 💔

  57. Jeanne says...

    Thank you for sharing this and all those resources. I made a donation to the ACLU and signed their petition. This is outrageous. I think what keeps getting lost in all this is that we assume asylum seekers know about this new policy so why in the world would they continue on to put their children at risk like this. Only, they DON’T know about this new policy. How could they? I have 3 daughters, 10 and under. I cannot imagine being ripped away from them. Cannot. Imagine.

  58. Lindsey says...

    Thank you for including all these resources. Thank you.

    • Sandra says...

      This is so important- thank you!

    • Catharine says...

      I have been a pediatric nurse for over a decade, I have workable Spanish. Any medical needs identified? Would love to help in the best way I can!

  59. Melisa says...

    Thank you for this article – I reposted it across all my social media channels and donated to RAICES and the ACLU and will be calling my representatives – easy and practical ways to help. It’s the very least we can do. Hard to believe this is happening in modern-day America . . . the last couple of years have made me realize that modern-day America is a VERY different experience for different types of people, and I am ashamed by how oblivious I was to the magnitude and depth of these issues previously.

  60. Anna says...

    Marlena, you note a parallel that I have thinking of, too, as I read so many of these comments. For any other reader out there who is finding following this story painful on that intensely personal parallel: http://projectrachel.org <3

  61. Ana says...

    It’s very frightening to see what the United States have become lately. I am not american so to me this division bewteen “Trump administration” vs. “the real US” does not exist. I think this is something that should be adressed more often on articles that does not support the current president. The impact of US’s internal policies, specially on a topic such as immigration, really influences Latin America and I dare say the world as a whole. For us it doesn’t matter if the president is a democrat or a republican. It’s YOUR president and it’s YOUR country. The fact that this lunatic is on charge is absurd and I’m not implying you guys are not doing anything, I’m saying, PLEASE DO MORE! We, as latin american people, don’t have a say on those matters and unfortunatelly what you guys have been doing is not enough. This is reallya global problem, not only internal to the US, because the US usually set a trend to other “democratic” leaders. Please.

  62. Allison says...

    Thank you, Joanna, and the CoJ team, for this important post. I cannot believe this is happening. We depend on important outlets like this to share and expose this information. I would love to see CoJ walk farther into this territory of journalism. It’s so, so important in today’s world. <3

  63. Is there something I can do as a Canadian? I don’t have a congressperson. This situation is killing me.

    • Abby says...

      A friend of mine shared this on facebook and took less than two minutes for me to do (in terms of emailing and donating):

      We now know the names of two contractors that are coordinating these child concentration camps.
      1.) MVM Inc.
      2.) General Dynamics
      Here are the emails for General Dynamics’ PR team’s (h/t Shannon Coulter at Grab Your Wallet) – as she says, we’re going to make them work for their paycheck:
      lryan@generaldynamics.com
      Carol.Smith@gd-ms.com,
      DDuBard@nassco.com
      david.hench@gdbiw.com
      Mark.Meudt@gdit.com
      porterr@gdls.com
      rafael.moreno@gdels.com
      heidi.fedak@gulfstream.com
      heinz.aebi@jetaviation.ch
      laurie.vanbrocklin@gd-ots.com
      dbarrett@gdeb.com

      Draft email script:
      Hello,
      It has come to my attention that your business is holding immigrant children in jails and/or financially benefiting from child concentration camps.
      Some of these are children and their parents seeking asylum. They should not be separated from their parents.
      Please ask your leadership to back out of this contract, as there is no way to justify this. Consider your business and your complicity in this abhorrent moment in American history.
      The world is watching.
      [your name]

      5. Donate a meaningful amount for you:
      • The ACLU
      • Al Otro Lado is a binational organization that works to offer legal services to deportees and migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, including deportee parents whose children remain in the U.S.
      • CARA—a consortium of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association—provides legal services at family detention centers.
      • The Florence Project is an Arizona project offering free legal services to men, women, and unaccompanied children in immigration custody.
      • Kids in Need of Defense works to ensure that kids do not appear in immigration court without representation, and to lobby for policies that advocate for children’s legal interests.
      • The Legal Aid Justice Center is a Virginia-based center providing unaccompanied minors legal services and representation.
      • RAICES is the largest immigration nonprofit in Texas offering free and low-cost legal services to immigrant children and families.

      6. Share with your networks

    • Quinn says...

      I am also Canadian and feel the same — this is keeping me awake at night. I donated to RAICES and have previously donated to the ACLU. Both accept international donations.

    • Tis says...

      Donate donate donate to any or all of the organizations listed.

    • Michelle says...

      Write to your MP or the Prime Minister! I just did!

    • Nadege says...

      Donate money. $10, $20, whatever you can manage. I just deleted half my items from my baby registry and ask folk to give to Raices, Florence Project or ACLU instead.

    • Nadege says...

      Yes Abby, thank you! I will spend the afternoon doing exactly this from Canada.

    • Lorena says...

      I am Canadian as well, and through these comments saw a CBC article posted about the Safe Third Country Agreement. Consider emailing or calling your MP to suspend this agreement.

  64. When we traumatize these kids we create a snowball of problems that we, as a country, are going to have to deal with for generations. I mean, even for selfish reasons, this is bad policy.

    • Fiona says...

      I absolutely see where you are going with this – it makes BUSINESS and POLITICAL sense to treat people appropriately, regardless of all the human rights and compassionate reasons – if a full understanding of the NEGATIVE FINANCIAL implications of a policy like this is what it takes for someone to act, please, go for it – so long as these kids are taken out of this traumatic and abusive situation. You hit the nail Nina.

    • I was thinking the same thing! I, of course, think it is horrible to take kids from their families, but this also doesn’t make sense financially.

  65. Sara says...

    Thank you for this very clear article. I also like youlobby.org as a website that provides easy scripts and phone numbers for calling your senators and congresspersons. I’m a high school teacher and my students used this site to help them make their first phone calls to senators. The site has a script for this issue. Calling and donating today. We are not the only country in the world that must deal with a complicated crisis of refugees at the border- but seems we are unique in our cruelty. Shame on us.

    • Anna says...

      Sara! Love this idea and would love to know a bit more – how did you weave this into a classroom curriculum without running into issues with admin / parents / etc ? My roommate is a teacher and really want to share this with him

    • sara says...

      Hi Anna, it was part of a much longer individualized research project in English class. First of all I work in a large public school in California with fairly open minded admin. Students picked a social issue they cared about and wanted to know more about and wrote a big old traditional research paper. As part of that they were required to do a civic action of some sort. They could take part in a protest, write a letter, make a phone call-the idea was less about what they said but about participating as citizens and reflecting on that. Making a phone call was considered an “easier” option, but most students were terrified of making a phone call, they thought maybe the Senator would answer the phone! It was super informative helping them through that, and the ones who did call were inspiring! “I am turning 18 in two months and will be able to vote…”. Watching them struggle through their first phone calls has upped the frequency of my own phone calls.

  66. Whitney says...

    Thank you for posting!

  67. SD says...

    That this is happening is wrong on so many levels. I just contacted my senators and state representative.

  68. Kay says...

    THANK YOU for speaking out about this and guiding people on how they can make a difference. THIS MUST STOP. I am horrified and enraged that this is happening. I can’t stop thinking about it, and my heart aches for all these families.

  69. K says...

    Thank you for this post. This is so important.

  70. Meggles says...

    I have three kids and I feel like I am going to lose my mind. I hate it. I hate this country now. I have donated and called my MoC and don’t know what else to do. Not giving up until this nightmare ends.

  71. Meg says...

    I’m just feeling so helpless. I’ve given money. I live in a 100% democratic district and all of my reps have come out against this. How do we make this stop now?

    • You can call Texas senators and congresspeople and tell them you will support their opponents financially in upcoming elections if they don’t speak out and act on this. Texas Senator Ted Cruz is being opposed by Democrat Beto O’Rourke, for example.

    • SoSuSam says...

      Meg and Saana Murray,
      Like Meg, I donate acutely and chronically, and live in a thoroughly blue state–so I feel like there’s little to do at that level. Because of that, Saana, I appreciate your great suggestion of calling Texas senators/representatives (and perhaps in other red states) and trying to exert a little, er, influence. That wouldn’t have occurred to me, but it makes me feel like maybe I can help more after all.

    • Thank you so much for this article and for helping people know what to do…here are some additional suggestions:

      –make sure you and your friends are registered to vote. make sure you go to the polls at the midterms and do whatever you can to VOTE THEM OUT.
      –visit your League of Women Voters in person or online to get the materials to help people register and pledge to vote. I am registering people to vote in my small shop.
      –sign up for the Americans of Conscience weekly newsletter which lists easy to do daily actions to fight against the immoral, corrupt, backward facing administration. Here is the link: https://jenniferhofmann.com/home/weekly-action-checklist-democrats-independents-republicans-conscience/
      –donate money to the organizations listed by Joanna’s team
      –read the Slate article about other actions that can be taken and organizations doing good work at the border: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/06/how-you-can-fight-family-separation-at-the-border.html

      Keep swimming.

  72. Cailin says...

    I feel like this is the most important post you’ve written. Thank you for using your platform for this message.

  73. CC says...

    COJ team, I want to thank you. Please know that your efforts are multiplying here tenfold. I have been so upset about the news that I have felt totally paralyzed, and until I read your post I didn’t know what I could do to help. This morning I donated money to one of the mentioned organizations and am feeling more optimistic for these families. Keep your chins up despite the haters. You’ve got an army of loving people behind you.

  74. Lauren says...

    I just donated to the Florence project. Thanks for your recommendation. I’m also re-starting my commitment to daily calls to my congresspeople.
    I remember when my daughter was days old, staring at her in my arms and thinking of all the mothers all over the world feeling a similar fierce love for their children. I felt so connected to all those women and still do. Thinking of the global community of mothers has given me strength, but also fills me with such sadness thinking of the pain so many mothers are going through at any time. I appreciate your help in finding something tangible to do.

  75. Janet says...

    These children are being held hostage for $25 billion for the wall. As far as Previous use of “the law”, I wouldn’t stand for the lame excuse of “but HE did it!” from child!

  76. Vanessa says...

    Thank you for this, Joanna and team! I’m heartbroken, disgusted, enraged by all of this and find some solace in helping out even if it’s in this small way. My husband and I donated to RAICES this morning, I’ve contacted my governor, and will reach out to my senators today.

    Keep doing what you’re doing, Cup of Jo and CoJ readers…. we can’t be silent on this one. <3

    • I disagree. This is a VERY EASY issue. Stop doing it. We weren’t doing it two months ago, we shouldn’t be doing it now. Period.

    • Chelsa says...

      The OVERALL immigration issue/problem is not easy to fix (listen to podcast) – please note I said there is a better solution .

  77. Laura says...

    Thank you for this very useful information.

  78. justine says...

    I feel like the representatives JUST DON’T CARE! I have called on so many different topics and none of it seems to be making a difference. All of it feels futile. I am continuing to call and donate, but this is a horror show. This country is filled with monsters.

    • I feel helpless too Justine but the calling is a numbers game– all representatives, Dem and Rep literally look at volumes of calls on any issue to see where they should act. So keep calling and call Ted Cruz, call Mitch McConnell– they will see the numbers. It matters.

    • jen says...

      No, I dont think they care either. They care about getting reelected and keeping that job, so the volumn of calls is important. I live in AZ and call senators and reps daily.

  79. Sheila says...

    Thank you! This must stop NOW! Shame on this administration.

  80. Avalanche Lake says...

    Thank you for this post. I listened to today’s episode of the NYT’s Daily podcast and heard part of the recordings from ProPublica. And I thought–my little boy has never cried like that, ever.

    As a resident of DC, I called my Congresswoman, but she doesn’t have a vote. I plan to reach out to family members who live in states that do have voting representation in Congress. And I’m very glad to be referred to useful organizations. Thank you.

    • Tis says...

      As posted above:
      SANAA MURRAY SAYS…
      You can call Texas senators and congresspeople and tell them you will support their opponents financially in upcoming elections if they don’t speak out and act on this. Texas Senator Ted Cruz is being opposed by Democrat Beto O’Rourke, for example.

      JUNE 19, 2018 11:37AM /

  81. Jenna says...

    Thank you for posting this. Absolutely horrified and disgusted by what is happening under this vile and fascist administration. Just made a donation to RAICES and will encourage my friends and family here in Canada to do the same.

    • Nadege says...

      here in Canada doing the same

    • ANDREA says...

      Alina Lane:

      That’s a terribly biased and misleading article. You should be better informed on the issue by reading other sources. The spin on the issue here is pretty evident..

    • Lyra says...

      Alina Lane,

      I read the national review article that you linked. When I read news articles I look for several things. Are the statements the author is making backed up by first person quotes? And does the article include facts that can be fact checked or are the ‘facts’ written as a synopsis of what is going on? The National Review article is written as an opinion piece, NOT an investigative piece of journalism. There are no quotes from people involved in the story—either detained immigrants or boarder patrol agents. No one is quoted from the departments of government dealing with the detained immigrants or the separated children. And lastly, all ‘facts’ are written as narration without sources. Here are is an article, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2018/04/04/president-trumps-claim-that-democrats-created-catch-and-release-policies/?utm_term=.5eb669df0893 , that includes both verifiable facts and interviews regarding ‘catch and release’ as falsely described in from the National Review article.

      And here is an article that includes in depth interviews of a woman who was deported without her son, putting into question the statement from the National Review article that families are being deported together after a ‘brief’ separation: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/06/17/us/immigration-deported-parents.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

      News articles that are written as opinion only offer folks a way to read what they already believe. Try reading something that challenges your beliefs!

    • ANDREA says...

      And, if we want to talk about what’s really happening, let’s talk about the Trump Administration’s love of the outrageous act to stir up the base, especially on immigration. Remember the Muslim ban?

      The Trump Administration didn’t have to decide to separate families from vulnerable children. They decided that it would make the biggest political point. That’s a shameful pattern of action.

    • Christian says...

      Alina- this issue goes beyond politics- I implore you to really scrutinize the biased article you just posted. This is not a game of ‘my team is right and yours is wrong/media bias’ it is important to note that there are real facts here! Please re read this post and go through the links to educate yourself!!!

  82. Lena says...

    “The officers say, ‘I’m going to take your child to get bathed.”
    I am deeply shocked over the cold-hearted and inhuman approach.
    Furthermore that reminds me of something :
    “In order to prevent panic, camp guards told the victims that they were going to take showers to rid themselves of lice. The guards instructed them to turn over all their valuables and to undress. Then they were driven naked into the “showers.” ”
    Source: https://www.ushmm.org/outreach/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007714

    • Emily says...

      This gave me chills. What are we becoming?

    • Lisa says...

      This x 1,000,000. The whole situation is horrible and damning and makes me heartsick, but when I heard the line about bathing as a way to trick parents into letting their children go, I got chills.

  83. edie says...

    Hello all. I’ve been reading comments throughout the night and into this morning. Very interesting ideas/opinions! At this point, it seems that what’s being advocated is the belief that it’s currently impossible to enter our country legally – am I understanding that? I can’t imagine it’s that simple, but I could be completely mistaken. Please help me understand.

    Also, I keep reading the phrase “claiming asylum is not illegal.” That’s true and I haven’t seen anyone saying that it is illegal – but there are ways to claim asylum that are legal and others that are unlawful, right? Thanks for your help in understanding this nuanced issue.

    • Sanaa Murray says...

      Hi Edie, in answer to your first question, it is currently impossible to enter the country legally to claim asylum (which you have to be on US soil to claim). Here is information on how this catch 22 is being exploited https://www.texasmonthly.com/politics/immigrant-advocates-question-legality-of-latest-federal-tactics/ and as a result is leaving desperate refugees no option but to cross illegally. Time and again in history, we have seen similar pretexts of illegality being used to persecute vulnerable populations. I recommend, if legality is your concern that you call you senators and congresspeople and urge them to open the border for asylum seekers to ease their passage to American soil.

      In response to the fact that you haven’t seen anyone saying claiming asylum is illegal, the Department of Homeland Security is saying on its website that anyone who enters the country illegally, no matter if the goal is to claim asylum, is a criminal and they will have their children taken away from them (https://www.dhs.gov/news/2018/06/18/myth-vs-fact-dhs-zero-tolerance-policy). Also AG Jeff Sessions is working to redefine what constitutes cause for asylum, including disqualifying domestic and gang violence. Logically, I think few of us would agree that that makes any sense. (http://thehill.com/opinion/immigration/392285-in-turning-away-domestic-abuse-victims-jeff-sessions-abandons-legal)

      I hope I have helped further your understanding. I respectfully disagree that this is a nuanced issue- there can be no grey area on separating families.

    • edie says...

      Sanaa, thank you for the information. I agree with Sessions in that sense that if you enter illegally, you’re breaking the law.

      But I’m still very confused by the idea that there’s absolutely no way to enter legally right now. It just doesn’t make any sense. I can’t imagine it’s as black and white as it’s being made out to be. Not at all calling you deceptive, but I have a hard time believing it’s so black and white.

    • Danielle says...

      Edie- to address the question in your first paragraph: It is not impossible to enter via conventional immigration channels. However, it is very difficult. The application process takes a long time- think years- and is not guaranteed. Current administration policies have been decreasing the number of immigrants and refugees accepted through these conventional policies almost since the beginning. (From Pew Research: http://www.pewglobal.org/2017/10/12/u-s-resettles-fewer-refugees-even-as-global-number-of-displaced-people-grows/ )

      Additionally, these families do not have years to wait, given the current events in their home countries. Gang violence is rampant, their children are being forced into the gangs and into sex slavery. Children are watching family members and friends murdered in front of them, walking by dead bodies on the streets. I’ve had the privilege of working with some groups that provide mental health resources and counseling for kids who make it across the border into my community. The stories they tell about what these children have seen make me weep.

      For many of these families, staying put while awaiting permission to enter the U.S. which probably will not come is an intolerable risk to the health and safety of their children.

      With regard to your second question, I’m not as well-versed in the nuances here. However, from the immigration website:
      https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/refugees-asylum/asylum/obtaining-asylum-united-states

      I’m reminded of a poem by Warsan Shire, who was a Somali child refugee herself:

      “i want to go home, but home is the mouth of a shark
      home is the barrel of the gun
      and no one would leave home
      unless home chased you to the shore
      unless home tells you to
      leave what you could not behind,
      even if it was human.

      no one leaves home until home
      is a damp voice in your ear saying
      leave, run now, i don’t know what
      i’ve become.”

    • Jessica says...

      Edie, good questions. As a former asylum lawyer, hopefully I can shed a little light because this is a very complex area of law!

      Under US and international law, anyone can claim asylum upon entering the USA (or almost any other country in the world) if they have been persecuted or have a well-founded fear of persecution in their home country based on or motivated by their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. It is perfectly legal to cross into the country at any point and claim asylum, which triggers the start of a very complex process to see if you’re allowed to stay here or should be sent back (side note: proving persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution is very difficult, and the vast majority of people get sent back to their home country.) There really is no “unlawful” way to claim asylum; the simple act of entering and claiming asylum is legal, and if we decide you don’t qualify, you go back. (If you stay in the country after you are denied asylum or you refuse to obey court orders, THEN you have crossed into unlawful status.) Of course, some people will take advantage and claim asylum when they don’t really have a fear of persecution in their home country, but that’s why we have a system that [should] afford everyone due process to be heard and then we make a decision. So when the Trump administration adopted a “zero tolerance” policy to anyone crossing the border and told all asylum-seekers that they have to go to ports of entry, that means that crossing the border becomes a de facto crime, and if you’ve committed a crime, then we separate you from your family. It’s a blatant and horrific (albeit creative) attempt to cut down on the people who stay in the USA while their asylum claims are being processed or who stay after they have been denied asylum. So when people say “claiming asylum is not illegal,” they mean “Crossing the border and asking for asylum is not a crime, therefore you shouldn’t be punished by separating families. Listen to the person’s story and see if they deserve to stay here.”

      I hope that helps. I really appreciate the respectful debate and questions. I recommend watching the PBS documentary Well-Founded Fear for a decent “peek behind the curtain” and The Handmaid’s Tale for thinking about this from a different perspective if June or Moira couldn’t claim asylum in Canada, or if we said “June should have just left her child behind.” (kinda kidding… but not really.)

    • edie says...

      Jessica – super helpful and with some much needed context for me. Thank you for taking the time to write!

      Another question that hopefully you can address because it confuses me….is anyone claiming asylum being detained and separated from family OR only those not entering at proper entry points? Thank you so much.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thanks for your questions! most of the families being separated are those who were turned away from legal ports of entry and thus had to enter the U.S. by raft, without a visa, in order to seek asylum. but ALSO some families, especially dads and kids, are being separated even at the legal ports of entry. (you can see find links in the post about this, if you’d like to read more.) thank you!!!

    • A says...

      There is a legal way to enter the US. I did. Its by applying for higher education. The supporting documents required are : a degree, fund to cover university fees, admission to a university ( should have applied a year ahead ), attend an interview at the consulate and get approved by an officer. After education, with a reasonably well paying job, I will have to wait 30 years for green card because I am from India. I have peers who have young children who came along. Once they turn 18, they cant be dependents. They will have to apply for a visa of their own to stay with their parents.

      This process is unbelievably hard. When ever I head ” they are illegal. Why cant they do it legally like my great grand mother did”, I want to say : times have changed. With all this planning, I constantly live in fear of how the rules will change and if I will be kicked out. When I see a piece of furniture I want to buy for my apartment, I wonder if they will kick me out of the country next year. For someone fleeing violence in a poor country, its almost impossible to wait and plan it all out.

  84. Emily says...

    Thank you so much for this incredibly comprehensive overview of this heartbreaking situation. I have read your blog every day since little buddy Toby was born and have always admired your compassion.

  85. kaye says...

    ActBlue https://twitter.com/actblue/status/1000401523770380288 has made it easy to donate to so many organizations on the ground, doing the work.

    Tangential aside: I am really over the wording of grief and shock and outrage that includes “because I am a mother,” or “as a mother,” etc. A lot of us are not mothers, many of us (myself included) choose not to be, because it is a moral issue–since I know that the united states does not care about maternal health OR social safety nets for moms and families, I CHOOSE to not have children with my partner, because we know it would not be ethical to bring children into this mess. We are (or we used to be, before it was bombed away) middle class, public sector employees who just know, being parents would be a selfish endeavor.

    That said, as a HUMAN WITH A HEART AND BRAIN THAT KNOWS RIGHT FROM WRONG, I know that what is happening is not humane and must be stopped. My HUMAN heart breaks when I see and hear what is happening, and my HUMAN Brain springs into action to do what I can, where I am and to encourage others to do the same.

    This “hurts my mama heart,” nonsense is so reductive–It is the same as men saying, “as a husband and father, i am against sexual assault,” no, ding, dong, you should be against it as a human being seeing the humanity in all other human beings.

    Words matter, words matter a lot.

    • Sid says...

      Kaye, while I can appreciate that you would like the language used to be more inclusive (and I definitely support people who make what they feel is an ethical choice to not have children), please please please focus your energy on helping these people and not on feeling threatened by the spontaneous expression of profound horror that many of us are feel because we are mothers.

      I’m powerless to stop the activities of your President (I’m Canadian) but my response to this atrocity is one of guttural, physical, emotional connection. I have always felt strongly about the rights of all humans, but since having kids I feel actual nausea and am moved to tears at the mere thought of the torture being inflicted on these families.

      This is a very different situation than the one where men only feel bad about the assault of women when they can think of women they love being assaulted. These children actually feel like my children. My brain no longer recognizes a difference. I can’t help it – billions of years of human evolution have created this powerful, beautiful connection as a necessity for our survival as a species. No one is trying to make you feel less by expressing their overwhelming emotions.

    • Katie says...

      Kaye,

      Words do matter you, are so right. Which is why you should also be more careful with yours. In the same comment you stated that bringing a child into this world would be unethical and selfish. Now, I could jump to conclusions and assume that you mean all parents are selfish people. Or I could give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that you simply mean in your situation YOU would feel like YOU were making an unethical decision if you brought a kid into this world.
      But then you went ahead and made the statement that the phrase “this breaks my mama heart” is nonsense. With those words (and the comparison that you made) you went ahead and made an assumption that this phrase is somehow meant to set moms up on some sort of empathy pedestal. Of course moms aren’t the only ones who feel devastated when they hear about the atrocities happening to these families. The phrase is simply a way of connecting to someone through a shared experience (motherhood). And if identifying with these mothers as fellow mothers drives them to action- I don’t think that’s nonsense.

    • Eliza says...

      Some things hit closer to us when we experience them – as an example, I didn’t know much about or concern myself that much with prostate cancer until it hit close to home with my own father. As a relation to someone who has been and who could be affected by it, I AM more concerned about prostate cancer now. Of course I cared about it in a vague sense, but I don’t blame people for being MORE touched by something because they have a more personal experience with it. I am not a STRONG advocate of MANY causes although I have vague or mild empathy for people in those situations. Of course, if we were all perfect humans we would all care about every human concern of every human. I do not want to reduce your choice to not have children, but also recognize that you might have causes that are closer to your heart because of your personal experience…and hopefully recognize that I might have a cause that is closer to my heart because of mine, and I think this is actually a good thing. We would be extremely overburdened if we all equally cared as much about every existing human rights issue.

    • kaye says...

      @Sid–

      Yeah, no thank you. I am sure this won’t make it through, but the audacity of your lecture is laughable and you are proving my point–since again, you say that your sadness and horror at this is more than mine, because you are a mom. As it turns out, I can both donate all I can and amplify the cause, while asking that we work on the words we use–shocking right?

      Again, enjoy the fact you live in a country that mostly values mothers, allowing you to make that choice to become one. I am more than a little okay with continuing to care with all of my heart, about doing the work on the ground here.

      Seriously, go take your soapbox somewhere else.

    • Laura says...

      Kaye, I get you. I had a couple of co-workers for a while who seemed to think they had special insight about EVERYTHING, and their reason was “because I’m a mom.” I am not a mom, but what is happening to these families breaks my heart. I, too, couldn’t see bringing children into this mess of a world, but that doesn’t make me any less aware or compassionate.

      I am an editor by profession, and words do matter.

    • kaye says...

      fine, you all win–i am a total monster, for hoping we can be careful with words, because i didn’t make it explicitly clear that we made that choice together, as a couple–

      for fuck’s sake, seriously.

    • C. says...

      Women. Respect for all your concerns, intelligence, heart, compassion. But work the problem, please. Nothing good will be created out of us turning against each other. Let us create something good, and do no harm.

    • Ellie says...

      I think this horrific situation is making many of our nerves raw. Kaye, I get your point, but I think you are being a little bit hard on the mothers out there. As a mother, I have experienced a screaming child clinging to my legs and wanting comfort. So when I see images like these, I might say: “As a mother….” because it touches such a raw nerve and I relate to it first as a mother. (If I wasn’t a mother, I would say “As a human being…” ) It doesn’t diminish the fact that others who aren’t mothers are also beside themselves about this policy. However, I hear you, and from this moment forward I will say, “As a mother and as a human being.”

      And if words matter, you might want to look closely at your words and your condescending tone. You certainly suggest that women who choose to be mothers are doing something unethical. (I like to say that women who choose to be mothers are doing something incredibly hopeful.)

      But let’s forgive one another for petty annoyances and move on to work to STOP THIS MADNESS at the border.

    • CNW says...

      Kaye, if you don’t want to be a mother at least stop sounding like a ranting child.

    • Carrie says...

      I think one’s heart becomes more tender to the plight of grieving parent’s when one is a parent themselves. I am not a mother either, but I keep finding myself relating to this situation by imagining what my sisters would feel like to lose their babies this way. Or what I, as an aunt, would feel like. (complete despair)

      It’s all about drawing from our current reality to create feelings empathy toward the suffering of others. Pretty normal.

    • DR says...

      With all due respect, you making this issue about *you* is bewildering. Please project your issues in situations that aren’t so dire. Thank you.

  86. Thank you for this devastating post. And thank you so much for not shying away from the political which is, of course, personal. I’m embarrassed to think about the state of my own civic engagement before the election in 2016. We can do so much more than vote: we can call, write letters, protest, support and volunteer for candidates who give voice to the voiceless. We can immerse ourselves in the details of our democracy because it is there that our fates and those of our neighbors are decided. With open eyes and a refusal to be silent, I believe and hope we can demand change and keep immigrant families together. When you look back long enough, we all come from asylum-seeking families. We could be those asylum-seeking families.

    • Sadie says...

      And please don’t forget– we can RUN for office.

  87. Megan says...

    It’s not enough at this point to just ask for a stop to this practice. Demand, from your representatives, funding to reunite these families. Demand reparations be paid for these families. Demand asylum be granted. They deserve no less for the way that they have been treated on American soil. Let’s not add this further stain to America’s legacy of slavery and colonialism. It’s happening NOW and we MUST right this wrong.
    Let’s show the elected officials of this country that people who have empathy, who have hearts, those of us who actually abide by the morals etched into the halls of our governing institutions– let’s show them that we also have strength.
    Even if Republicans continue to act without humanity, we cannot allow them to act with impunity. I am done with compromise, I am done listening to these hateful bullies and trying to understand where they’re coming from. They’re just wrong and they’re inflicting real pain. That means it’s up to the rest of us to make this right– and we ARE the majority, by 2:1. Let’s take our country back. Let’s call our representatives and demand that we pay, immediately pay, reparations for the horrible thing that America is doing. Actions have consequences, so let’s demand funding for Trump’s wall goes to these families instead.

    • Megan, I keep thinking again and again about how will these families be reunited, or about the parents who have been deported while their kids are in detention here. The thought of even one kid getting lost in this system is excruciating but knowing this will happen by the thousands makes it hard to breath

    • Megan says...

      Sanaa, I totally agree. Even if we can get our representatives to put a stop to this today, the work isn’t done until every one of these families is reunited in a safe environment. ICE/Sessions/border patrol/Trump have created such a horrible mess that it’s going to take a lot of resources to fix it. But the alternative– 2000 immigrant children lost to their families at the hands of the American government– is unthinkable.

      (Also, CupofJo, I forgot to say thank you for this piece, for your eloquence, intelligence, and expressiveness… seriously, thank you)

  88. Mara says...

    I just want to stress to folks that the single most important thing you can do is call your representatives–especially if you live in a state with Republican representatives. Immigration deals in the House will likely be attached to a vote on the Farm Bill, which is taking place on Friday. So, if you want to influence the way your Reps think about this, they need to hear from you in the next three days.

    Please still donate if you can, but realistically the money will take longer to get where it needs to go.

  89. Regina says...

    THANK YOU, COJ for standing up for humanity and families. I am grateful for you enlightening the COJ community. This horrifying practice is not American and we won’t let our government continue it.

  90. Jamie White-Farnham says...

    Thank you for the suggestions. I just made a donation to the Florence Project.

  91. Yvonne says...

    Thank you so very much for this post. I always wondered if I should write about my views on this subject. Thank you for giving me the courage. I cannot believe what is being done to these families…and these nightmare experiences will stay with the children for the rest of their lives.

  92. Laura says...

    Another Cup of Jo article that had me tearing up while reading it. I used your link to look up immigration-related organizations near me and plan to help out and try to make a difference. Thank you for providing this important information so we are all aware of what is happening. I am ashamed that our government is taking children away from their parents! We need to do something.

  93. Laura says...

    I hear my own four year old’s voice when I listen to the child sobbing ‘papa’. So heartbreaking.
    Trump continues to terrify and shock from across the Atlantic. He represents the worst of humanity.

  94. Julienne says...

    Thank you for this post. I am Canadian and feel absolutely heartsick about this issue. Any advice for ways to get involved north of the border?

    • Hi Julienne, fellow Canadian here! I agree: watching the US news as a Canadian can be frustrating. What can we do when calling our representatives isn’t an option? One step is to put pressure on companies advertising with Fox News, which is strongly supporting such immigration measures. I’m sure we collectively use a lot of these brands: Geico, Home Depot, Sandal Resorts, Toyota, Visa. Message them! The Parkland shooting kids in Florida have already shown us that this can make a difference.

    • Tis says...

      Donate to any and all of the organizations listed in the article. They will take anyone’s money!

    • Nadege says...

      sharing this from another post for Canadians feeling helpless. Donate! but also:

      We now know the names of two contractors that are coordinating these child concentration camps.
      1.) MVM Inc.
      2.) General Dynamics
      Here are the emails for General Dynamics’ PR team’s (h/t Shannon Coulter at Grab Your Wallet) – as she says, we’re going to make them work for their paycheck:
      lryan@generaldynamics.com
      Carol.Smith@gd-ms.com,
      DDuBard@nassco.com
      david.hench@gdbiw.com
      Mark.Meudt@gdit.com
      porterr@gdls.com
      rafael.moreno@gdels.com
      heidi.fedak@gulfstream.com
      heinz.aebi@jetaviation.ch
      laurie.vanbrocklin@gd-ots.com
      dbarrett@gdeb.com

      Draft email script:
      Hello,
      It has come to my attention that your business is holding immigrant children in jails and/or financially benefiting from child concentration camps.
      Some of these are children and their parents seeking asylum. They should not be separated from their parents.
      Please ask your leadership to back out of this contract, as there is no way to justify this. Consider your business and your complicity in this abhorrent moment in American history.
      The world is watching.
      [your name]

  95. molly says...

    Horrible. I feel like donating will only help so much – are there ways to volunteer to host families? I have plenty of room in my home and it seems one of the main issues is that there’s no where for people to go. I would open my home to help.

  96. Fiona’s says...

    Thank you so much for sharing this. One item several friends and I have been thinking about is the incredible power of photo journalism. The images are so poignant and I think people are engaging with these more so than the writing. Is there any way you know of directly supporting photographers at the border? How do we make sure these images are flooding every single platform? Thanks again for your compassion and work on this!

  97. N says...

    This is heartbreaking and so wrong. I am crying. Thank you for speaking out.

  98. Isabel says...

    Thank you for posting about this. This is heartbreaking, evil, and immoral.

    I visit your blog regularly as it find it’s humanity unique and it’s warm voice deeply comforting. Bringing this brutal reality into your blog is the right thing to do and I commend you for it. It is so easy to lull this brutal reality with mundane, comforting, everyday habits. Go for coffee, read a blog, go to the gym. You just assured we keep on paying attention to this horrible practice, and we must be confronted by it regularly until we succeed in stopping it. I just donated to RAICES. And I will do more.

    Please don’t stop reminding us to keep on fighting for what’s right.

  99. Thank you.

    • Yvonne says...

      Yet, everything posted on that website is being violated. It’s easy to copy and paste a link, but until you have actually been there and seen for yourself what is actually happening, you cannot just copy and paste a link and call it fact.

      You should go down and visit these detention centers. That is living fact. You forget who controls Homeland Security and who appointed the head of Homeland Security.

    • Avalanche Lake says...

      This page is blatantly dissembling. In fact, if you put together the “Facts” published on this page, the truth comes out:
      “[…]DHS does have a responsibility to protect all minors in our custody. This means DHS will separate adults and minors under certain circumstances. These circumstances include: […] 3) when the parent or legal guardian is referred for criminal prosecution.”
      PLUS
      “DHS only refers to the Department of Justice those adults who violate the law by crossing the border illegally (or who have violated some other criminal law) and are amenable for prosecution. When adults, with or without children, unlawfully enter this country, there must be a consequence for breaking our laws.”
      EQUALS
      DHS is referring for prosecution any adult who crosses the border illegally. DHS separates minors (children) from the adults they are with (their parents) when the adults are referred for prosecution. Therefore, any adult who crosses the border not at a port of entry is referred for prosecution, and is separated from any child they are with.

      Children are being abused by our government. This has to stop.

    • edie says...

      Thanks, Pam. Helpful to have some concrete facts on what has occurred in the past.

    • Lynne Whitaker says...

      This is propaganda.

    • Sanaa Murray says...

      Respectfully, please understand these basic facts Pam: even this link says that DHS will separate children from parents if they deem their actions are criminal and that anyone who crosses the border illegally IS automatically considered criminal (“When adults, with or without children, unlawfully enter this country, there must be a consequence for breaking our laws”). What they don’t say is that to claim asylum you must be on US soil which these people are not being able to get to by CBP. Criminalizing those escaping violence and persecution is immoral and using that criminalization to rip their children away is evil- do you disagree? Please tell me what path these parents should take to protect their children and what you would do in their shoes? And please tell what single thing Joanna has posted above is fiction?

    • Lucy says...

      Sanaa, this is exactly it. In the past, adult immigrants entering the country were not by and large being referred for criminal prosecution and now–from reports on the ground–they are. So it is currently a very low standard to separate parents and children. If any of us lived in towns where family members were being murdered by gangs, I have no doubt we would try to escape to save our children and ourselves. This is what we do as humans. These people are not criminals. And even in this country, those suspected of a crime are supposed to be provided due process of law. Taking children away–and doing it under false pretenses–is not due process of law.

    • LC says...

      Greetings, friends. This episode of NPR’s _On Point_ talks about the policy on the dhs.gov site, how it came to be and its implications. I found it very helpful. The panelists include a conservative newspaper writer (The Weekly Standard), a CBS legal correspondent, and a Washington Post reporter, so the issue is addressed from multiple perspectives. Hope it helps! I note today’s episode also talks about the issue and includes a local reporter and some clergy. It may be of interest, too:
      http://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2018/06/18/what-were-watching-in-the-week-ahead

    • Isabel says...

      The DHS page you post is deeply misleading and, in fact, fiction. As everyone else in this thread has already said, entering the country illegally is a *misdemeanor*, which means there is no need for a criminal prosecution that will trigger family separation. The decision to separate families by bringing criminal charges was made by THIS White House.

      Second, there is evidence that family separation was mentioned earlier in the year as a way to deter entry, even legal entry (i.e., those seeking asylum). There are quotes from Sessions and Kelley to this effect. Direct facts.

      Finally, and more alarmingly, this propaganda reminds me of Nazi Germany and it brings me chills. For an excellent account of how regular folks lived during Nazi Germany and told stories to themselves that everything was fine, please read this: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2018/06/28/hitlers-rise-it-can-happen-here/

      It can happen here. It IS happening here.

  100. Sasha says...

    You are providing inaccurate an false information. Taking children away from their parents is heartbreaking and awful but your description of it is COMPLETELY INACCURATE . I think this individual does a great job on explaining what is happening and I hope your readers watch this video and consider facts instead of fiction. Both sides need to see the truth for what it is and stop blaming one administration. Lets look at ourselves.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPB6Ye5brus

    • molly says...

      Thank you for posting the video. I was/am outraged by the news this weekend, but to see how long this has been going on makes me sick. I appreciate any information that is the truth.

    • Yvonne says...

      Sasha,

      I strongly suggest you go down to those detention centers and see for yourself what is going on. That is fact. You will see the how horribly wrong things are. It’s easy to cut and paste and view video. But I strongly suggest that anyone who says otherwise go down to those detention centers, talk to those children, hear their stories and then decide for yourself what is fact and what is fiction.

      What Joanna has posted, and what I have seen up close and personal is horrific.

      But hey, cut and paste away.

    • Lauren says...

      I understand the desire to hope these accounts are inaccurate. It’s hard for my mind to comprehend this, and deciding its all false certainly seems like a more pleasant solution. However, Joanna and her team spent a lot of time and effort putting together credible resources and accounts from journalists, organizations, and humans on the ground. Please don’t spread misinformation here. I too want to believe it’s all false, but spreading “alternative/false” theories only hurts these children more. Please let credible institutions do their job, and not share rogue youtubers looking for clicks.

    • Yvonne says...

      I strongly suggest you ask yourself, “What is the person’s political affiliation?” Both Trump and Sessions have said they will separate families if they come to this country. The person is quoting what she calls facts. She has not been to those detention centers herself. She does not know what is actually happening. Again, she is quoting what she read. It’s easy to go to a website and say, “Hey this is really what’s happening. See? It’s written right here.” But if you all actually go down there yourselves, and I strongly suggest you do so you can put your opinions to rest, then you will see that children are being ripped from their parents, and their parents don’t know where their children are. Hey, let’s make it more interesting: why don’t all of you who find fact in what you read, actually go down to the border and witness firsthand, what immigration agents actually do. What is said, and what is real are two very different things.

    • Chandra says...

      This is not a both sides time. Please for the love of whatever you believe in and hold dear stop with that.

    • Anna says...

      Hi Sasha, it is important to understand the situation and educate people about the policies. But I don’t know if this video is the type of understanding and education that is needed — the individual in the video doesn’t address the situation that are people trying to reach the U.S. at legal entries and being denied, of people seeking asylum, or of the “zero tolerance” of indefinitely separating the child from their families no matter their reason for hoping to enter the U.S. Furthermore, I don’t think re-casting “blame” is the real focus of the “liberals” that the individual emphasizes. Many people from different political and ideological backgrounds have voiced the urgency to humanely address the situation; casting blame, whether on the current or past administration, is secondary. What Cup of Jo is highlighting here is not who to blame, but what can be done to help those that are desperately hoping to come to this country. Videos that focus on casting blame is not helpful at a time like this.

    • sasha says...

      I’m another Sasha, not the OP in this thread.

      We’ve seen this time and time again, from those on the extreme right and those that follow them. When justifying their abhorrent policies doesn’t work they simply lie and deny. Real Americans, presumably with brains that work, are just flat out denying that these abuses are happening, despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary. And there are so many all too happy to believe them and just go about their lives. These will be the same people, who when questioned with anger by a future generation, will indignantly proclaim they were lied to and just didn’t know!! Not our fault!! Trump has promised them a nice safe white America, and it’s all they care about. It’s become sickeningly obvious.

  101. Marika says...

    Why is that so important the fact that these families are asylum seekers? Should not every family be able to stay with their children, in such situations, regardless of their legal status?

    • Chandra says...

      It’s important because these families are not trying to cross the border just because. They are escaping the horrors of gang violence in many cases which exacerbates their condition. It’s a common misconception that everyone loves America and wants to come here. Most people LOVE their homeland and culture and food and history etc. Most people would rather stay in a place they know with a language they speak and where they are “us” and not “them.” Think about it, why would anyone — particularly a person of color want to come here and be treated like a second class citizen? Mocked and denied basic human respect and dignity in many cases (my Dad is an immigrant so don’t @ me) and work triple hard to provide for themselves and their families than the average American? That’s because that outcome is still better than the realities that they are facing at home.

  102. MJ says...

    Thank you Joanna and team for sharing this and providing a space for action. <3

  103. Katherine Drozek says...

    Is there a way to sponsor or foster any of these children until they are reunited with their families?

    • Hannah says...

      While the intention here is a great one, I’ve been reading that volunteering to foster children is actually not advisable – we don’t want to unburden the system of childcare centers, we want to stop this policy of separating children from their parents to begin with. The right people to care for these children are their parents or other family members currently residing in the US. Unfortunately, because of threats made by the Trump administration, family members are likely frightened to come forward, lest they draw the eye of ICE to themselves or others in their community with tenuous status.

    • Rachel says...

      I have heard that fostering is counterproductive as well. If people foster, the problem “goes away” and the kids are “taken care of.” Plus, even well-meaning foster parents can’t reunite if they aren’t given any information.

  104. Jessica says...

    Thank you SO much, COJ team. It’s so important for us to remember that life is a lottery of birth. xx

  105. I read this post last night right before falling asleep (guilty of looking at my phone in bed!), and had a terrible dream that this was happening to my own family–we were running away from something, my son was making too much noise, and we were going to be caught. I already donated to the Florence Project, but I woke up this morning and donated again to RAICES too. This. Has. To. STOP.

  106. As a mother of a child (who has a different citizenship as me) in a foreign country, being separated from my son is my greatest fear. It is on my horizon but I am working for it not to happen. I can only imagine the heartbreak of the parents and the kids.

  107. Ketra says...

    I called the White House yesterday to protest this situation. I spoke with a real live person, who registered the reasons for my call, and later received an email thank you note from the White House. I am just a nobody, but I can help be a voice for these families. I did it. I’m going to do it again and again. You can too.

  108. Petra says...

    I am not brave enough to listen to those recordings. People who voted for that piece of steaming turd that is Trump cannot call themselves decent human beings.

    • I’m not brave enough either. My imagination is filling in and I can barely look at my own children for the horror.

  109. Rose says...

    Thank you for this – especially for correcting misinformation. It’s heartbreaking to read comments like “that’s what happens when you do something illegal.” FAMILIES ARE AT THE LEGAL BORDER CROSSINGS, SEEKING ASYLUM IS NOT ILLEGAL! Thank you, thank you.

  110. Jas says...

    Dear good people of America, please please do something to stop this! Just looking at these pics and reading about this gave me anxiety, I cannot believe all this cruelty is happening in the modern America (my favorite country where I lived shortly in my twenties). And please know, it is not just Trump. It is the system. It is the system that allows such internal policies. It is the system that allows very aggressive foreign policy, as well. Clinton’s administration bombarded my country killing many civilians and Obama’s administration launched air strikes against number of countries as well. I cannot, for the love of me, understand it. I am so sad. But, for the first time ever, I must say I feel that Americans are truly interested in changing something with all the protests. Please please keep up!

  111. Abbey says...

    Thank you so much for this post! It is informative and full of ways to help and I really needed it. Thank you!!!!!!

  112. Nina says...

    UK READERS! Please be aware that our govt also separates asylum-seeking families. In 2011 the UK High Court stopped the govt from keeping children in detention (although it still happens ‘mistakenly’ when there’s disagreement about a teenager’s age) but parents are still being locked up indefinitely and their children put in care. So, if you’re horrified by the stories from the US, you may want to protest against similar things that are happening over here as part of the “hostile environment” policy. News article here: https://ind.pn/2I4f21F and good campaigning organisation here: http://www.refugeewomen.co.uk/campaign/

  113. Olivia says...

    With all due respect:

    “We’ve heard that the Trump administration has heartlessly sought to rip toddlers from the arms of their weeping mothers in order to punish illegal-immigrant parents who are merely seeking asylum. But the truth is more complex: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that even accompanied immigrant minors must be released from custody within 20 days. That means that if their parents do not arrive at a point of entry to claim asylum, and instead violate the law by crossing the border illegally, they will be arrested — and their children must then be separated from them by the working of the law. The only possible solution, without a change to the law itself, would involve releasing illegal-immigrant parents along with their children into the general population.

    We’ve also heard about the terrible living conditions in the holding centers for these children. Likely, some of that is true — although the stories from various sources conflict. But those facilities were overburdened for years before Trump took office; in fact, the media covered these same facilities and pointed out the problems therein during the Obama administration. In other words, this isn’t a Trumpian attempt to dump kids in hellholes. It’s a longtime problem that has yet to be solved.

    In reality, all of this could be solved with simple legislation. The House of Representatives is actually set to take up the issue of family separation in both versions of the immigration bill being presented in the House. But Democrats probably won’t sign on to either bill — and it’s unlikely they’d even sign onto an independent piece of legislation designed to allow children to stay with their illegal-immigrant parents until their cases can be adjudicated. That’s because thanks to biased media coverage — and, in some cases, outright falsehoods — Democrats are winning the public-relations war. The longer the Democrats prevent a solution from arising, the more they gain in the public-opinion polls. So they have little incentive to come to the table around an immigration solution — their better political option remains to wait Trump out and let the press inflict damage on him. There’s a reason every Republican attempt at immigration reform has stalled out over the past two decades — and there’s a reason Democrats have celebrated every time they have. There’s also a reason that Democrats with unified control of the presidency and Congress attempted no serious immigration reform. Better to let the problem fester for political gain than to attempt to solve it.”

    • Kay says...

      Can we not make this about partisan politics? The issue is so much greater than where one sits on the political spectrum. Family separation is traumatic and must be stopped, regardless which way you vote. This comment is the equivalent of wiping your hands of a horrible crisis and saying “well these guys started it and don’t want to say sorry”. That’s not the point: THERE ARE CHILDREN INVOLVED! What does this say of either party and of the country in general if instead of immediate action the issue is just talked about in circles by finger pointing bloviating party reps?

    • Laura says...

      Who are you quoting? Your quote means nothing if we don’t know the source.

    • Yvonne says...

      First of all, Democrats did not have unified control over Congress. For the past six years, it has been controlled by the GOP. Also, even though the law says that a child cannot be held for more than 20 days, if you actually walk yourself down to one of those detention centers, you will find out facts: that the average child has been in detention for 45 days and their parents, who are also being held, have no idea where these children are being kept. But hey, cut and paste away. I’ve seen what is going on down there firsthand. So please people, stop the cut and paste and go down there and find out the real facts, not the ones you seek and find online. Remember: The Red Cross didn’t see anything wrong when they went down to the concentration camps because the Nazis only showed them what they wanted them to see. There were several other facilities that were denied permits to hold children because of the conditions that these children would have been subjected to . But hey, like I said, don’t believe me, go down and see for yourself.

    • edie says...

      Olivia, love Ben Shapiro and appreciate his opinion on all of this. As he stated, the system has long needed to be overhauled.

    • Carrie says...

      Kay, clearly the fact that this is happening while Trump is president is an important part of the narrative, never mind the fact that this was happening while Obama was president too. That handsome, articulate president everyone loves to love. Great husband, great father, oversaw the same treatment of families. Why did no one speak out then?

    • C says...

      blah blah blah….. Sorry, but I don’t care. I am sick of all of the finger pointing and accusations and blame. So many people with opinions that they think make them an authority on the subject, and that they are sure are the only viewpoint that counts for anything. It’s so easy to sit on the sidelines and offer criticism and self righteousness.
      Work the problem. Get in there an help – or pipe down and get out of the way.

    • Lucy says...

      I’d like to point out that even Republicans, including former President Bush and the former first lady, House Speaker Ryan and other GOP members of Congress, are coming out against the policy of separating children and parents. In addition, the United Nations has condemned what it sees to be a new practice. This tells me that this is not just political bickering, but that there is truth to what is being reported, even though I haven’t seen it with my own eyes. Did separation occur happen under previous administrations? Yes, I believe it did but under much more narrow circumstances. There is a reason Republicans and international organizations are speaking out now.

    • LC says...

      It is true we have failed to deal with immigration for a long time, however, we were not removing children from parents seeking asylum under Obama. This is new and it is a Trump administration policy. Jeff Sessions clearly took reponsibility for it as a new Trump policy in his press conference. Republicans and Democrats are against this policy.

    • Julia says...

      I’m not sure if you’re in the policy world, but this is by no means simple legislation. Anyone in this arena knows that House Republicans are deliberately introducing two pieces of legislation that House Democrats won’t co-sign so that in November they can tell their constituents that they tried but the Dems blocked them as always. The proposed bills are a nightmare. You should take a look. There is a bipartisan solution out there. These are not it.

      The US immigration policy current rivals the Third Reich, and if we don’t vote the representatives who support it out of office this year, then we are all complacent in these human rights violations.

      Thank you for this article. The comments here give me some hope. We have to keep fighting.

    • DR says...

      The “legislation” you are referring to and implying that Dems are responsible for holding up, includes even more severe penalties for those seeking asylum as well as the funding for a wall that Trump said no American would ever have to pay for because he’d get Mexico to pay for it. Given that “art of the deal” brilliance didn’t work, no one that I know is willing to pay for a wall that violates our values, nor do we want our representatives being bullied by a President who traumatizes infants as a tool to get something he promised his base because he doesn’t have the negotiation savvy to do what he said he’d do in the first place.

  114. M says...

    Just wanted to say thank you for all you are doing to address this MAJOR issue. I can’t get the pictures of the kids being separated from their parents/loved ones at the border with a high possibility of never being reunited again. I have a toddler myself and I just want to throw up just thinking about my kid being ripped out of my arms.
    Because of this post, helping me get all the information I needed, I was able to donate to RAICES, email both of my senators AND my representative voicing my opposition to this family separation, all under 10 minutes.

  115. Julie b says...

    Such a sad situation. It needs attention as does the situation in Australia where our government is still indefinitely detaining asylum seekers offshore including denying adequate medical treatment and resulting in horrific mental health issues while the world turns a blind eye. It’s heart breaking. I’m supporting an org in aus that supports asylum seekers called the ASRC who are doing their best to alleviate suffering. I always think- any of us could have been an asylum seeker- it’s by some stroke of luck we are born where we are. No one ever on their deathbeds regrets being too compassionate.

  116. Observer says...

    What they’re doing to these kids and families is very much what the Nazis and other fascist leaders were doing to Europe not that long ago. Building camps, shipping kids around, … etc.

    I don’t understand why generally Americans aren’t more worried about this and am happy to see more people talk about it everyday, hoping it leads to an end of this.

  117. Aleksandra says...

    What is happening with the children after separation? Can they stay in the US? Are they deported? How will they be reconnected with their families?
    Who is taking care of them? This situation is so outrages. I cannot imagine being away from my children and not knowing if they are even okey.
    Not being together is one thing, not knowing if your child is safe is something else completely.

  118. Jenny Ronan says...

    My heart breaks for these poor families, and the children who will suffer the trauma of this for the rest of their lives. There has to be a better solution to this, it’s just appalling and inhumane. I live in Ireland and feel helpless, but reassured that people like yourselves and the resources you’ve listed will bring an end to this, as soon as possible, and help the poor children affected by this barbaric practice.

  119. Cate says...

    Hello Joanna
    We applaud and thank you for your focus and information flow. Guidance is paramount in these times as knowing what to do is the first step. I am a long term reader in Australia – a country which currently detains children with their parents if they have the temerity to flee here by boat even if later found by to be genuine refugees by our own processes. Mental harm and suicide attempts are paramount among children. We have an obligation to understand the facts surrounding the push back against human rights for refugees in so many countries. It’s so easy for the lies and manipulation of those in power to appeal to the lowest common denominator. We need to stand united as women – daughters, sisters, mothers to say not in our name in any country. The poor souls being separated from children in the US are no different to the refugees languishing for years in detention camps under Australian responsibility or the boats being turned back in Italy. We need to unite on World Refugee Day on this Wednesday and do one positive act – read an article to become better informed, sign a petition, exercise a voice in protest to a politician, donate a few dollars and tell another friend. Imagine if this was replicated by all of your readers and beyond….. Politicians don’t lead – it is time for us to lead in the reclaiming of human rights, decency and simple humanity for refugees and the politicians will follow the votes. Fight the good fight on World Refugee Day on Wednesday and beyond. Good Luck All X

  120. Llana says...

    Thank you for putting this information together in one place, Joanna.

  121. Hannah B. says...

    Just donated and shared the links with friends. My five year-old still gets teary sometimes at kindergarten drop-off; I can’t imagine what these families are going through. Thank you for compiling all this.

  122. Cat says...

    Dear Stacy, it is TRUE. This is NOT a NEW policy. So please take your own advice and Check Your Facts. Right or Wrong, Congress approved this years ago and Congress need’s to fix it.

  123. Bianca says...

    This is truly heartbreaking. Thank you for posting about this and thank you for continuously using your platform for good.

  124. Caro says...

    I live in Australia and have donated. Thank you speaking up. x

  125. Marlena says...

    Just a correction for the commenter about Cesar Chavez, he was very against ILLEGAL immigration. Many people are forgetting this fact now that it is not popular to throw open the borders. However, he was an activist for the Hispanic Californians. People who were born and raised in the US because it protected their traditional Agriculture jobs. The immigration issue is decimating California and there is a rapidly declining middle class. While I feel for these families, coming into a country needs to be done legally. Also there must always be consequences for ones actions. It is important to look at problems from a logical not emotional viewpoint. When a mother commits a crime as a citizen her child does not god to jail with her. When one has an abortion the child is ripped from her. These are also emotional issues, but I hear no outrage. I suggest looking at the homeless population of LA and the water wars of California before jumping on an emotional issue that is just to trigger outrage. Yes, this is sad, but it can be avoided by personal choice.

    • Naomi says...

      This is not about illegal immigration. These are people legally seeking asylum. There is little room for personal choice when you fear for your own life and are trying to LEGALLY save yourself and your children.

  126. Luna says...

    Thank you CoJ-team! Like someone said above: There is no such thing as being an innocent bystander in this moment. This is inhumane!

  127. Bekki says...

    Joanna, thank you so much for posting this! As a German it is very hard to understand some of the political decisions that have been made and as an activist against modern day slavery and human trafficking I know how absolutely helpless the situation of asylum seeking people can be in their home countries. To experience yet another trauma of such heartbreaking dimension is just so UNJUST. Praying for this separation policy to end as it’s the only thing I can see that I can do from here. Again, thank you so much for speaking out, your bravery will not be ineffective!

  128. Dear Jo, Thank you for this. I hope readers can share and inform the public and have knowledge on this topic. I’ve just donated and continue to share via social media, as well as call my congressman (the scripts are helpful, I am a communications specialist, but I tend to get nervous on calls). Finally, you may know: https://momastery.com/blog/ by Glennon Doyle (maybe it was mentioned already in the thread, I didn’t read through all the messages).

  129. Marta says...

    Thanks Joanna for posting this. I am Spanish and cannot help, we have similar issues in Europe with immigrants travelling from Africa and dying in the Mediterranean sea. What Trump is doing to your country is unfathomable and Americans should do as much as possible to stop his Administration. Please help those children. As a mother of a 18mo, this made me cry. It could be any of us, we would do the same for your children. So thanks again and good luck.

  130. agnes merat says...

    I have just read “Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions” by Valeria Luiselli, a mexican writer living in New York. She’s working as an interpreter for lawyers who defend latinamerican children, who enter the country on their own. It’s raw and makes you understand the reality of immigration. Mostly, that these families come to the us because they don’t know where else to go. Not because they want to live the american dream. They just want to escape the horror of their every day life.

  131. amber says...

    Thank you

  132. Jenny says...

    Thrilled that you are quoting my office where I work (UN OHCHR)

  133. Kate says...

    It is a relief to read people like you… Really scared of what American people are capable of these days. Absolutely not sure Trump will not be reelected. It is scary the change American election has influence in the whole world… and NOT in a good way. Reading your blog and a few others allows me to believe many many Americans disapprove their administration.
    The photos of Mexican children are heart breaking.

  134. Malissa Hyatt says...

    I’m going to a protest in Waco TX. tommorow afternoon.
    WE WILL STOP THIS!!!!!!
    WE MUST STOP THIS!!!!!!
    THIS IS NOT WHO WE ARE!!!!!!!!

  135. Carmen says...

    Thanks for this post. Thanks for letting us know. Now, this cannot be tolerated. This must stop!

  136. mika says...

    Thank you so much for posting this!!

  137. Nicole Costello says...

    Thank you for listing ways for people to help, rather than just another online article. Too many outpourings of rage and negativity on social media and not enough of these helpful articles. I am watching the impact of the Trump Era unfold from London and am sending America strength.

  138. Sarah says...

    My heart has been aching all weekend after finding out about this. Thank you for sharing…

  139. A Martin says...

    Thank you, thank you, thank you soo much for addressing this issue!!!! I have been calling my elected officials for over a month and it barely rings once when a live person would pick up the line. Today whe. i called, I got automated messages that made my heart explode with hope: “due to high call volumes…”. Please keep calling, donating, posting, anything. These babies and families need us.

  140. Bea says...

    Hello ! What could we do from France ?

    • Nadege says...

      donate to one of the organizations working against this. let your family and friends know that you did and why, and ask them to do the same.

  141. Elise says...

    This is totally sickening and reminds me of those Holocaust movies, when you would see children taken away from their parents, if you would excuse this comparison.
    I got to appreciate your country in all its diversity, cultural richness, but I have to say that I feel distraught by what has been happening. A major part of my American friends living abroad don’t want to move back. They’re just so sickened by what the new administration has been doing. Sending a lot of love and energy to everyone suffering from this situation.