TODAY’S ACTION: #Where are the children?

Please call your senators and ask them to support Sen. Tina Smith’s HELP Act “that would protect the safety and well-being of minor children who have been left alone and vulnerable after their parents have been arrested or detained by U.S. immigration authorities.”

Secondly, here are more ways to help (“From attorneys Kara Lynum (Twitter handle @karalynum), Brian Aust (@austlawyer) and Ana Pottraz Acosta (@apottratzacosta) kindly hosted an informational gathering to explain the recent policy shift by the administration regarding separating children from parents at the border, the reports of 1,500 missing children, and what people can do”):

1) Money
Not always super fun, but it’s one of the best things possible things you can do.

Advocates for Human Rights runs a 1-800 number for detained mothers being released from custody, provides legal representation to asylum-seekers and children seeking immigration status in the United States.

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota runs a detention hotline for detained immigrants in Minnesota and was able to add two attorneys to their deportation defense capacity because of donations.

Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas (receives immigrants after they are released from ICE custody and provides housing and legal services): They have an Amazon wish list , where they’re asking for things like paper and toner, easy items!

2) Volunteer
Advocates for Human Rights (needs all types of volunteers, seeing increased caseload of labor trafficking victims and asylum seekers):

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota needs all types of volunteers.

3) Political Action
Contact your member of Congress. They will tally your calls, doesn’t have to be long. Just say “I’m against family separation” – same as what we did re. health care. Ask for oversight of CRB and HHS. They need to know we care about this.

SCRIPT: I am against separation for families. Please conduct oversight on CBP, ICE and Health and Human Services. Please hold hearings and write letters to the agencies asking questions.