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NEW: @SenBlumenthal and Rep. @JoaquinCastroTX have reintroduced Families Belong Together Act, which reunited separated families on U.S. soil and provides the survivors of the family separation policy with a pathway to citizenship.… #FamiliesBelongTogether
Rep. Castro: "While we know we can never fully do right by the children who will be forever traumatized by this political decision, the Families Belong Together Act is the bare minimum our nation owes the families who separated as an apology and a promise to do right by them."
ACLU: "These families must be reunited in US & provided citizenship, resources, care, & commitment that family separation will never happen again. We applaud the sponsors of this bill, & call on members of Congress to support this critical legislation.”…
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Family separation was cruel and didn’t work: why Republican whitewashing of Trump’s real border record cannot go unchallenged #FamiliesBelongTogether
"Family separation is one of the darkest chapters of any modern American presidency. They ripped kids from the arms of their parents, knowing full well that no tracking system was in place, and knowing full well that incalculable trauma would result." - @FrankSharry
"Hundreds of kids remain separated from their families. And now Republicans want us to believe that’s the right policy solution to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Central America. America is better than revisiting the moral stain of family separation." - @FrankSharry
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I spoke to the LA Times this weekend about news that additional sites in CA, including the Long Beach Convention Center, may open as Emergency Intake Sites for unaccompanied children.

Some key takeaways I have to this news (short thread):…
Seeking asylum is legal. Full stop.

Trump spent 4 years decimating our asylum system and emergency measures are needed to protect children in the short term.

We need to meet this moment while also reimagining what our system should look like to truly #WelcomeWithDignity.
Children should never be in govt custody for a moment longer than absolutely necessary & we need to move towards a family first model, stop separating kids from non-parental caregivers and invest in community based resources including universal representation and social services.
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Spent a long day touring the newly opened Emergency Intake Site (EIS) for unaccompanied minors at the San Diego Convention Center. Wanted to share a few thoughts on what I observed. The facility is currently detaining about 700 girls & at capacity will hold ~1400. (thread)
I will start with the positive: this is a significantly safer place for these girls than CBP custody. CBP is a deadly & dangerous place for UCs & it is a positive step that the administration is moving so quickly to open HHS facilities to get kids out of CBP. It will save lives.
The SD Convention Center is HUGE. Considering it’s only been open a few days, the infrastructure created is impressive. An on-site medical clinic, showers, laundry & 100s of cots set up w/ appropriate social distancing. Covid testing & isolation protocols are strictly adhered to.
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This happened yesterday, relayed by someone from a shelter here in #Tucson:
"We had at least three men come to the shelter tonight whose wives or partners, one of whom is seven months pregnant, were separated from them by immigration officials and dropped at a 1/
gas station in a US border town - with no money, no phones, and not a clue as to how to reunite with their husbands/partners. It’s hard to imagine such cruelty - to leave the women alone and with no resources while their husbands will go on to their sponsors. 2/
The men were absolutely beside themselves in their desperation. This is what we do to legitimate asylum seekers. This behavior is leftover from the last administration. It is evil incarnate."
This behavior is not just left over from the last administration. /3
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Biden admin task force says families separated at southern border by previous admin will have option to reunite in US:… #FamiliesBelongTogether
The admin's "statement of principles" says the task force will partner w/non-governmental orgs and private sector to provide families w/support including mental health care, w/expenses covered by govt/orgs/private sector "to the extent possible":…
.@SecMayorkas: "It is our moral imperative to not only reunite the families, but to provide them with the relief, resources, and services they need to heal.”
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President Biden just announced his plans to reopen Homestead — a jail for migrant children with a notorious history of abuse. The broken promises of the Biden administration are piling up. THREAD:
Homestead is a child migrant detention center run by a for-profit corporation — infamous for its history of abuse, neglect, overcrowding, and more. 2/
Detaining children is unacceptable — no matter who is in office. The conditions in these jails are inhumane and dangerous. Worst of all, locking more children up will separate them from their families yet again. 3/
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ACT NOW to help #StopDeportations!

Biden's 100-day moratorium on most deportations was blocked by a TX lawsuit, allowing mass deportations to continue at an alarming rate—especially of Black immigrants and asylum seekers.

Here's a thread of actions you can take ⬇️
1. Sign and share this petition to @POTUS to halt imminent deportations and take steps to ensure families remain together and free in the U.S.…

#StopDeportations #FamiliesBelongTogether
2. Use the social media posts in this #BlackHistoryMonth toolkit to highlight the experiences of Black immigrants and pressure the Biden Administration to immediately suspend deportation flights.… @HaitianBridge @fams2gether #StopDeportations
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A #HolocaustRemembranceDay🧵

Let's #NeverForget that Nazi's came to power not only through violence but by leaning into white supremacy & white economic insecurity. The indoctrination & radicalization looked a lot like patriotism at first. They found community and joy in it.
Then came blame, cruelty, ridicule, isolation, theft... with little resistance or opposition.
Then, they labeled us with yellow stars, checked our papers/monitored us, invalidated our citizenship... they separated communities... and worse yet families...
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1/On #InaugurationDay  we are here to demand profound changes to the racist, xenophobic, evil immigration system.

We will except nothing less.


2/Save Pro Se.
3/Right to council.
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Every day, families like Adrian’s* are torn apart. We do everything we can to reunite families. Help us bring families back together by getting involved today.

11 months ago, Adrian* (8) and his father were forced to remain in Mexico while his pregnant mother was allowed to cross the border. Adrian’s father worried. Not only was their family cruelly separated, his life and his son’s were in danger.
After 10 months trapped in Mexico, the situation grew worse, and Adrian’s father feared for his son’s safety. He did what he could to protect his son: He made the heartbreaking decision to send Adrian across the border alone.
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As I've struggled against the government for the past 3 years in legal defense of separated children so many of you have asked what you could do to help rescue the children. You lifted fighters like @RAICESTEXAS, @AlOtroLado_Org, @ACLU, @EveryLastOne1, @JusticeInMotion,...1/
You lifted us with your voices, your funding, your activism. Thousands of separated & interned children have been rescued because of this #Resistence, & are held once again in the arms of their families. Thousands are still being held.

And so I plead to you once again...2/
Let's finish this job in one f'n swoop. Let's bring down the supremacists raining fascist cruelty on children. To so many of you who have asked "how can I help the children". Now is your chance to make all the difference.
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Lots of people talking & being quoted re the separation, caging & othr abuses of Central American migrants,following th #Debate2020. 0 of those quoted are Central American. I just wrote a book based on decades of experience w these & other matters, but nobody's asking. Here's why
The first and most important reason is because the Democrats and their allies in media knew that actually existing Central Americans would have to share a difficult truth: the caging & separation of 1000s of Central American kids like the 1 in this pic began w Obama & Jeh Johnson
Obama separated over 5000 children fr their families--in 2011 alone. As is happening w Trump, many of those children separated fr moms were never reunited, lost in foster care or separated by a border. U can read re & hear screams n this @RaceForward rept:
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I'm sick of the victim blaming.

People who think kids separated at the border are living in "good conditions" are also likely to think:

slaves had it better here than in their homeland
women are less likely to be raped if they stay at home
asylees are better off fixing their home countries
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#Immigration is not a debate topic.

But immigrants are central to any conversation about Fighting COVID-19, American Families, Race in America, Climate Change, National Security, or Leadership.

@kwelkernbc may not ask, but no answer‘s complete without raising it. #Debates2020
On #COVID19, millions of immigrants are working alongside Americans as essential workers to fight the pandemic.

3-in-4 undocumented workers are in jobs defined as essential by DHS itself. #ImmigrantsAreEssential
But despite the great personal sacrifices they have made, undocumented immigrants and their families--including US citizens--have been largely left out of the relief that Congress has passed to date.

This is what we have long needed.…
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Towards end of the Obama admin I took my kids to protest his deportation policies. My (now) 11 y/o has asked me since why we went since Trump is much worse. I tell her we went b/c even if you like some things about a friend you still hold them accountable when they are wrong.
I know many friends, particularly immigration lawyers, are worried that if Biden wins the election, he will repeat many of Obama’s mistakes on immigration. I share this worry, but I am holding onto hope b/c I think that so much has changed. We are not the same country we were.
Elected officials who in 2004 I sat in mtgs where they said ‘asylum-seeking kids need to stop coming to the border b/c they are sabotaging chances for imm reform,’ now publicly commit to #EndMPP immediately, stop endless ICE cruelty, & lead with frame that #FamiliesBelongTogether
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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 the story everyone who tracked Trump’s family separation at the beginning knew was coming but never wanted to see.

At least 545 children separated from their parents... permanently.

This is 545 kids out of 1,000 separated during a 2017 pilot program uncovered by @lomikriel.

A pilot program.

And though they kept no records and had separated families permanently they EXPANDED family separation in 2018.

.@kwelkernbc, your NBC colleagues—@JuliaEAinsley and @jacobsoboroff—have doggedly pursued this story.

How can this not be a question for the candidates on Thursday?

This crime resulted either from Trump’s leadership or his failed leadership.

Either way he must answer for it.
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Since 2015, #TPS has provided work authorization & protection from deportation to approximately 14,800 Nepali individuals.

NEW survey by @adhikaar @TomWongPHD @silvamathema highlights the significant gains & contributions of Nepali TPS holders ⬇️⬇️…
Last month, the 9th circuit reversed the Ramos v Nielsen decision, allowing the Trump administration to move forward in terminating #TPS protections.

#TPS holders face an uncertain future and must have permanent legal protection. #BeyondTemporary
45.9% of respondents with children reported thinking about how losing #TPS would mean not being able to see their children grow up. #FamiliesBelongTogether

This increases significantly, to 66.1%, among those with U.S.-citizen children.
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They DO take the Children, don't they!?

I remember as if it were yesterday when Jeff Sessions made his little "announcement."

And like all good #Nazis, they were all "just following orders"
#DemCast #DemCastTX #ONEV1 #DontLookAway
While DHS took most of the blame, the orders came from above them.
"Though Mr. Sessions sought to distance himself from the policy, allowing Mr. Trump and Homeland Security Department officials to largely be blamed, he and other top law enforcement officials understood...
that “zero tolerance” meant that migrant families would be separated and wanted that to happen because they believed it would deter future illegal immigration... "
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Looking forward to this talk by @BioethxMark on access to care for undocumented children in the US.

There are ~2 million undocumented children in the US
6 states + D.C. provide healthcare coverage for undocumented children (props to CA, NY, IL, MA, OR, WA)

#Medicaid is available for children w/special healthcare needs

33% have no healthcare access

Current options undocumented families have to access care for children:
🔹Charity Care
🔹Donated Care Networks
🔹Safety Net Hospitals

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1/ Dear White churches, Please do not say you are doing anti-racist work, if you are not willing to apply the call to love your neighbor to your politics.
2/ Politics is the decisions we make about how the polis will live together.

Brown, colonized, lynched Jesus has much to say about how the people should live together.
3/ Race, itself, is a #political construct; conceived by Plato in 360BC as a way to order society.

You CANNOT engage issues of race and muzzle yourself on issues of politics. You simply cannot. It is not possible. Race is a political instrument.
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1/From Press Conference earlier today:

Faith and Community Leaders Send Letter to @NYGovCuomo calling for an End Family Separation & the Signing of the New #SCARAct
2/Almost two years ago in response to the Trump Administration's "Zero Tolerance Policy" that marked the tragic beginning of ongoing immigrant family separations in this country,

3/advocates and activists have sent a letter with 340 signatures to Governor Cuomo calling for the signing of S222-C @NYSenBenjamin / A1436-C @HarveyforNY #FamiliesBelongTogether
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A couple weeks ago @taylorklevy alerted me late on a Friday night to a case of a disabled, 12 y/o boy that was missing. We jumped into action, but turns out our govt had already put him on a plane, alone & confused, and "expelled" him to Guatemala.…
Gustavo's story is infuriating. On Saturday 8/29, I woke up to an email from ICE telling me they had already expelled him alone to Guatemala. His mom, trapped in Juarez in the "Remain in Mexico" program, still had no idea where he was. I had to call her and be the one to tell her
As Gustavo's case played out, I had flashbacks to 2018 when kids were being ripped from their parents at the border. The chaos, the lack of focus on child welfare, the confusion, the network of lawyers and others helping to find him -- it was all so familiar. And disheartening.
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