Reunite Families Now!

Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” policy of family separation. On Friday, in a court filing, the Trump administration asked the court for up to two years to reunite separated children with their families.

Why so long?

In the same court filing, the Trump administration admitted the real number of children separated under the controversial “Zero Tolerance” policy was MUCH higher than we previously thought.

Approximately 47,000 children were separated from their families between July 1, 2017, and June 25, 2018.

The ACLU released a statement in response:

“The administration refuses to treat the family separation crisis it created with urgency. We strongly oppose any plan that gives the government up to two years to find kids. The government swiftly gathered resources to tear families apart. It must do the same to fix the damage.”

We agree.

Two more years is not acceptable.

This must be a top priority.

Action

Let our MoCs know we have zero tolerance for state sanctioned child abuse!

• Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC - 202-225-3106; Seattle - 206-674-0040

• Rep. Adam Smith: DC - 202-225-8901; Renton - 425-793-5180

• Sen. Patty Murray--DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545

• Sen. Maria Cantwell--DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400

Script:

“Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. On Friday the Trump administration asked in court for up to two years to reunite children separated from their families under the inhumane “zero tolerance” policy. We also learned the scale of the damage is much larger than we thought. Close to fifty thousand children still need to be reunited with their families. Two years is not an acceptable time frame. This must be a top priority. I’m asking [MoC] to speak out, introduce legislation, and do everything possible within their power to keep this in the news until the administration responds with action to reunite all children with their families.”

Background

https://www.axios.com/migrant-children-family-separation-policy-e9158a8b-17ff-4bb9-a225-2b0927985ad6.html

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/07/us-wants-2-years-to-id-migrant-kids-separated-from-families.html

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-border-children-family-separation-identify-filing-zero-tolerance-a8858316.html

TUESDAY

Resist Trump Tuesday-No Ban Act

Tuesday 11:45AM at the FED BLDG 915 2nd Ave

https://www.facebook.com/events/646615905793865/


Our featured speaker at our Resist Trump Tuesday rally this week is Aneelah Afzali of MAPS-AMEN. Aneelah will be talking about the No Ban Act that is being introduced in both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives on April 10th.


For two years, the Muslim Travel Ban has deeply and adversely affected individuals and communities, tearing apart families. After the U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing the latest version of the Muslim Ban, it's up to Congress to repeal the Muslim Ban and create new standards to stop such discriminatory bans in the future.


We will rally outside the Federal Bldg. with live music and our guest speaker from 11:45AM - 12:30PM, then we will go inside and meet with Sen. Murray's and Sen. Cantwell's staff from 12:30-1:30PM for a question and answer session as we do on the second Tuesday of every month. Come join us--all are welcome and we need your voice!