Our tears, anger & outrage re: the #EndFamilySeparation issue must be channeled into action that creates change. .
In her latest #ChildWatchColumn titled “A Cruel Abandonment of the Least of These”, @childdefender1973’s Pres. & Founder #MarianWrightEdelman provides us our #CallToAction: “Contact your Senators & urge them to support Senator Diane Feinstein’s “Keep Families Together Act” (S. 3036) that 31 of her Senate colleagues joined her in introducing on June 8th. The bill would prohibit an agency at the border from removing a child from a parent or legal guardian solely for the policy goal of deterring individuals from migrating to the United States or of promoting compliance w/civil immigration laws. Under this bill to keep families together, removal could occur only if there were actions by a state court or other child welfare official that determined it is in the best interest of a child to be removed and a child is in danger of abuse or neglect or danger to herself or others or is at significant risk of becoming a victim of trafficking. The proposed protections also would require establishing a policy for locating separated children, frequent info. for separated families on the well-being of their children, & an annual report that describes basic info. for each such separation.
Please – everyone – help stop this evil practice of taking away children from parents in a strange land right now. Every 1 of us who understands that each of these children entering our country w/a parent fleeing violence is a child of God just like every one of our own children & grandchildren should express our outrage at these cruel anti-child/anti-family policies immediately. We must be unafraid to stand up, speak out & protest at every turn to say to this Admin. that their child abusive actions do not represent us or our nation’s values & to STOP right now. Politics should not be played on the backs of vulnerable children & parents seeking safety rather than harshness in our nation.”
As a person of faith, I know that God is not pleased & is counting on us to work w/God to right this wrong & to #CreateAnotherAmerica without child poverty. #FaithInAction to #EndChildPoverty!