Editor: this is the first of what I hope to make a regular feature at Engage! Action Alerts. Now that Biden/Harris are in the White House, we have a chance to make significant impacts on many critical issues. Our actions now must be directed toward Congress, Democrats and Republicans, House and Senate. I will only post alerts that concern actual legislation, not “petitions”, which are mostly email list builders.
Getting refugee kids and their families out of ICE Detention is a critical task, and we must do it now. Families Belong Together is a project of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. They are backing Biden’s Family Reunification Plan, but it has to get through Congress as well. (More on that in later posts.)
Shaun, yesterday was filled with emotion.
Incredible hope that Trump’s sadistic attacks on children and families will end. Overwhelming heartbreak at the incredible pain so many families have suffered. Fierce determination to reunite all separated children with their families and forever turn the page on this nightmare.
President Biden has made clear that his administration is going all-in undoing the horrors of the last four years. We’re optimistic about the soon-to-be-announced Presidential Task Force on Family Separation, an immigration bill that centers care and compassion, and the rebuilding of our asylum system with an eye towards dignity and compassion.
It is a BIG deal politically that Biden has announced reuniting families and overhauling our immigration system as a major priority, but the key will be Congress. That’s where you come in, right now:
Families have been waiting decades and decades for a more caring and compassionate immigration system. Many of them are essential workers who are keeping our communities together, whether serving as doctors and nurses on the front lines of the pandemic, picking our food, keeping our grocery stores going, or caring for our loved ones.
Millions of children come home every day unsure that their parents will be there to greet them, living in perpetual fear of ICE’s family separation force.
We can not rest until every child torn from their parents is safe and reunited with their family. We will not rest until families are released from ICE jails. And we will tirelessly fight to ensure that these families get the restitution, love, and mental health support they need to start healing.
And we must hold those behind these atrocious policies accountable.
Restoring our moral standing in the world starts with doing right by those we have wronged and revamping our immigration and asylum system so no family lives in fear of being separated ever again. We have to seize this opportunity to fundamentally reshape our immigration system. Every single voice of public support can help tip the balance, so I’m asking: