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How do we encourage our communities to share their lived experiences?

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@ErikaAndiola @megasuniverse @HaitianBridge @adhikaar @theYoungCenter @npnewamericans @NIICImmigrant Sharing our stories can be stressful, even stigmatizing for certain communities. According to our speakers, movement champs who all shared their own stories, this is 🗝️:

💥 Building trust
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Sharing our stories can also be part of the #Healing process, according to ASAP member Daniel Paz, who was separated from his young daughter at the border under Trump's #FamilySeparation policy, and has since become a national advocate for separated families and #AsylumSeekers. Image
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This is a recap of an article from The Atlantic regarding Trump's Zero Tolerance/Family Separation policy. I've included important excerpts here.

It should enrage you.

The article is 30,000 words and is attached at the end. It may have a paywall
This excerpt speaks for itself.
The children were ripped from. Their parents arms and crammed into "cages."

This was done by the Republican Party who insist they care about children
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Welcome to the Campaign to #FreeMaddesynGeorge. Maddesyn (Colville Confederated Tribes) is a survivor of domestic and sexual violence who has been incarcerated since July 2020 for defending herself against a white man who raped and threatened her. #MMIW #SurvivedAndPunished (1/6)
@FreeMaddesyn is organized by Maddesyn's defense committee, a coalition of members of Maddesyn’s family, survivors of gender violence; and advocates, organizers, and scholars who work on colonial, sexual, and domestic violence, policing and incarceration, and #MMIP. (2/6)
Facing a murder charge and decades in prison, Maddesyn accepted a plea deal from federal prosecutors after being incarcerated and separated from her infant daughter for more than a year. #Incarceration is a tool of #FamilySeparation (3/6)
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When we talk about #WhiteSupremacy being systemic, this is what we mean (A THREAD🧵):
The issues at our border didn’t end when Trump’s inhumane “#FamilySeparation” policies ended.
The racism and classism against people from countries like #Haiti didn’t magically disappear when President Biden took office.
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Welcome to the Campaign to #FreeMaddesyn George. Maddesyn is a 27-year-old member of the Colville Confederated Tribes who has been jailed since July 2020 for defending herself against a white man who raped her and threatened her life. #MMIWG2S #SurvivedAndPunished
Maddesyn is being prosecuted by the fed govt and facing as many as 17 yrs in prison. The closest fed prison for women is in CA, more than 1K miles from her child, family, and community. #familyseparation #reproductivejustice
The Campaign to #FreeMaddesyn is a coalition of Maddesyn's loved ones, members of the Colville Confederated Tribes and the Spokane Tribe, members of @MMIWWashington, @APIChayaSEA Collective Justice, Participatory Justice, and @radicalwomenus, and individual activists.
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Last week a coalition of organizations including the Young Center filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in opposition to the Trump administration’s so-called Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) focusing on its harm to children.…
Thanks to @supportKIND, @MilbankLaw, @AngryTiasRGV, Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, @ChildDefender, @First_Focus, @SCActionNetwork, and @SavetheChildren for partnering with us to defend children.…
Our amicus brief tells the stories of some of the many children harmed by Remain in Mexico. After escaping violence and threats, they were exposed to danger, forced into #FamilySeparation, and deprived of a fair chance to seek safety. Read their stories:…
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This is important but in order for families to seek protection at our border together, we must also make it possible for all the families who have been subjected to the Remain in Mexico policy to safely enter the country and pursue legal relief now.…
Since January 2019, the Trump administration’s Remain in Mexico policy has trapped 70,000+ people, including tens of thousands of children, for months in dangerous conditions in Mexico while they await hearings on their #asylum claims in the United States.…
The dangerous conditions at refugee camps like the one we visited in Matamoros have forced many families into permanent #FamilySeparation as more than 700 children, fearing for their lives, have had to leave their families and seek protection alone.…
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If you are mad about #FamilySeparation then you need to stand against expanded expedited removal, which lets ICE snatch immigrants from our communities and deport them with zero due process. Guarantee that many kids will lose their parents to this policy
Expanded expedited removal makes ICE the prosecutor, judge, and executioner. It’s like having the police officer who arrested you find you guilty without a judge or defense atty. It’s incredibly dangerous for immigrants and citizens alike
There have been MANY cases of US citizens detained by ICE/CBP. In my experience, I had to bring proof of citizenship before a judge to win release. Expanded expedited removal takes the judge out of the process, so expect to see more US citizens dumped over the border
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Because of #FamilySeparaton my client lost her 2 young daughters (6 and 8) to ICE, after BP wrenched them from their screaming mother. It took a trip to federal court to reunite them. 1/
Because of #FamilySeparation my 8 yo client was stranded in the US, alone without family or friends, with no voice, in an internment camp, after his father was deported without him. It took a trip to federal court to have his father returned to the US & reunited with his son. 2/
Because of #FamilySeparation my client was deported without her 6 yo son. It took a trip to federal court, and a trip to Guatemala, before we could deliver the child to his mother. 3/
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Because of #FamilySeparation my clients had to:

Watched a 9 year old sister physically ripped from their mothers arms by a @CBP officer while he watched from another room banging on the window.

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Comb her 8 year old daughters hair and change her clothes and then put her on a bus to god knows where not sure when or if she would ever see her again #FamiliesBelongTogether
Beg the federal courts for return of her daughter only to be told it may take more than a month. #TrumpLiesEverytimeHeSpeaks
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THIS IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN WARNING ABOUT @JasonRarick what did you know when I asked you?
The Make A Plan Mn paperwork mimics childcare enrollment forms. Asking questions about what calms your child to if you have a will. Commissioner Malcolm has called this a "campaign" this summer, but now even the teachers union are tweeting about it. She has made sure to 👇
mention at least weekly on the presser calls the virus is not spread in the daycares. This plan has been in process for awhile. There are 2 statues in Mn which allow for quarantine/isolation. One is for ex parte (meaning you will not know nor be able to defend yourself in 👇
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The US has the highest number of #COVID19 cases globally.

So instead of:

ℹ️Providing accurate information to the public.
😷Ensuring frontline workers have access to PPE.
🏥Mass producing ventilators.
🔬Scaling up testing.

The president announced an #ImmigrationBan

Because when the administration mishandles a crisis, immigrants become the scapegoat.

Racism, xenophobia & misinformation are used to enact anti-immigrant policies.

The impact? Immigrants disappear from their communities, families get separated & ppl die in detention centers.
All while the real crisis is left unaddressed.

There is 0 public health rationale for an #ImmigrationBan—especially b/c immigrants are crucial to the nation’s response to the pandemic.

Immigrants are disproportionately in frontline jobs at hospitals, grocery stores & farms.
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Trump administration just announced new immigration restrictions, just about 3 years after the #MuslimBan. It applies to: Myanmar, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan, Eritrea, Sudan. Lots to unpack here, so keep reading.
4 out of 6 of these countries are in Africa. Trump has never wanted immigration from Africa, remember this remark about "shithole countries"? 4 of them are also majority Muslim, so there's def a pattern here.
The bulk of the restrictions apply to immigrant visas -- ppl from Nigeria, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan & Eritrea who would mostly be coming to unite w family in the U.S. can't do that anymore. As we've said before, these bans operate as #familyseparation policies.…
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Despite evidence that forcible #familyseparation is traumatic and leads to short- and long-term health issues, the Trump administration has separated thousands of children from their parents.

We're suing. #KeepFamiliesTogether
Facing gang violence and extortion in Guatemala, J.V.S. and his 5-year-old daughter sought refuge in the U.S.

He was detained. His daughter was flown to a foster home in NY.

It was weeks before they spoke on the phone and more than two months before they saw each other again.
A.P.F. and his 7-year-old son fled Guatemala after threats of extortion. They were detained and separated at the U.S. border, forced to spend 65 days apart. #KeepFamiliesTogether
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#RemaininMexico (or #MPP) horror show of today episode


... but something does not add up
according to thread mom was granted withholding of removal (mandatory form of relief under the INA) as IJ found that she faces more than 50% chance of political persecution if returned to Venezuela. This is an extremely difficult relief to obtain because of the high burden 1/
Dad is a legal permanent resident (has a green card) but we do not know the basis for the grant. If he was granted asylum these should have been follow to join cases so not likely that it was the basis. Perhaps employment based. 2/
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In honor of the the D's #minibus surrender & NARA decision allowing destruction of documents about abuse in ICE detention centers, #FOIA documents we recently received for a single detention center -- currently the deadliest in America -- in Stewart County, Georgia. 1/
2/ A man calls to report suffering a neck injury at the hands of a detention officer and then not receiving proper medical care.
3/ An allegedly 2-year campaign of discrimination and harassment that includes retaliatory solitary confinement, denial of access to mail, and a failure of ICE to respond to prior complaints
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THREAD: Yesterday, a federal judge ruled that the US gov is legally responsible for the #MentalHealth trauma that Trump’s #FamilySeparation policy inflicted on thousands of migrant families at the US/Mexico border.… (1/9)
This groundbreaking ruling recognizes that the Trump Admin knowingly put families in danger & is obligated to provide a solution. #MentalHealth svcs are a step on the path to healing for kids & parents who were torn apart simply for seeking safety. #FamiliesBelongTogether (2/9)
It’s also critical that we don’t forget the millions of children--the vast majority of whom are US citizens--who are increasingly vulnerable to or have already been separated from their parents due to ICE enforcement in our own communities. #FamiliesBelongTogether #NoRaids (3/9)
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NEW -- @USCCRgov has released a groundbreaking report revealing the depths of cruelty of the Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant agenda, including the detention, #FamilySeparation, #ZeroTolerance, & #RemainInMexico.

#DontLookAway – read the full report:…
@USCCRgov The USCCR report found that the Trump Admin:
❌ Created a humanitarian crisis
❌ Separated families & traumatized children
❌ Discriminated against Latino migrants
❌ Inflicted inhumane, prison-like conditions
❌ Denied justice & legal rights

#DontLookAway #JusticeForOurChildren
@USCCRgov The Commission shares the accounts of migrants who suffered under the Trump Admin’s policies.

Upon arriving in the US, migrants were humiliated, shouted at, and held in horrific conditions.

They waited in ICE custody – cold, hungry, and without medical care or translators.
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THREAD: We’re suing the government—again.

This time, we’re representing 5 asylum-seeking mothers and their children torn apart under the Trump administration’s #FamilySeparation policy. (1/8)
We’re seeking compensation for the families for the long-lasting trauma intentionally inflicted on these mothers and children by the Trump administration.

The children grapple every day with nightmares, anxiety, fear, and emotional outbursts.

Here are their stories. (2/8)
An eight-year-old girl is still unable to sleep unless her mother holds her because of the Trump administration’s family separation policy. (3/8)
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#BREAKING Judge Dana Sabraw Finds 11 of 18 parents deported w/o their kids under last year's #FamilySeparation policy can return to the U.S. to seek asylum.
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More than 400 parents were deported without their kids last year. Many parents opted not to be reunited w/ their kids in the hopes they could successfully pursue asylum on their own. Some kids were reunited w/ their families back home.
But the @ACLU argued less than two dozen parents had "bona fide" asylum claims and were denied that right under the so-called "zero tolerance" immigration policy last year. Here's coverage from the court hearing this summer:…
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Here are the facts directly from @OIGatHHS – Trump’s #FamilySeparation agenda traumatized children and caused lasting harm to their mental health.

#DontLookAway from what this administration is doing to innocent children.

Read the full report ⬇️…
@OIGatHHS .@HHSgov faced unique challenges in addressing the mental health needs of separated children, who suffered fear, abandonment, post-traumatic stress, & anxiety. Some cried uncontrollably from “acute grief.”

Of course they did – the Trump Admin tore these kids from their parents.
@OIGatHHS @HHSGov Stunningly, this report reveals that ORR staff did not know how to seek approval or consent to treat traumatized children with psychotropic medication. The lack of clarity on this process is unacceptable and disturbing.
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The youngest child separated from his ASYLUM-SEEKING family, was 4 mos old, #Constantine

He was placed in foster care w/Bethany Christian Services in MI. They get $700+/child/night. They're associated w/ @BetsyDeVosED - of course

Bethany Christian Services - separated children are funneled to them, ensuring an influx of Govt funds. They're assoc w/ @BetsyDeVosED

Look what even THEY say about trauma - which THEY can then charge more for 🤬🤮


This isn't who we are 😭 🤬
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One surefire way to prepare the public for rapid expansion of child concentration camps is to use images of people jammed into overcrowded 72 hr processing stations . . .

Just as the regime tried to use exponentially expanded #FamilyDetention as a solution to #FamilySeparation
Keep an eye on the military, which the regime turns to in these times, and which, after the departure of Sec. Mattis, has seen an erosion of institutional resistance, e.g., USS John S McCain on Memorial Day.
Lest you think this is kook stuff:…
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The Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act was originally introduced in 2018, but HR 2415 is back in 2019, via @RepJayapal, @RepAdamSmith & in the Senate, @SenBooker has introduced S 1243.

Let's run down the particulars of the House bill!

#FamilySeparation #FamiliesBelongTogether
@RepJayapal @RepAdamSmith @SenBooker Text of the House Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act itself, HR 2415.

"To provide standards for facilities at which aliens in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security are detained, and for other purposes."

(sorry for the delay--some BP issues)…
@RepJayapal @RepAdamSmith @SenBooker HR 2415 has 8 sections, but 2 are basically "this is the bill's name" and "yep, that was the bill," so we'll look at the other 6.

Sec2 says DHS detention facilities need to adopt standards within a year of the bill's passage, no less strict than the ABA set forth in 2012.

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