Keep Families Together

#KEEPFAMILIESTOGETHER

No doubt you've been following the news on the human rights crisis on our southern border over the last few weeks. You may have already heard the good news that a federal judge in San Diego issued a preliminary injunction Tuesdayat the request of the American Civil Liberties Union that calls for all children affected by the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy to be reunited with their parents within 30 days. Under the order, children younger than 5 years old must be reunited with their parents within 14 days, while older children must be reunited with their parents within 30 days. Within 10 days, federal authorities must allow parents to call their children if they're not already in contact with them.

It's critical that we all keep up the pressure and push for comprehensive immigration reform - for the rights of migrants, asylum seekers and undocumented residents in our country - not just a short-term fix to this disaster that's come to a head and that has garnered national attention. 

Below is a list of resources and opportunities to take action in solidarity. Updated July 17. 


Local Calls to Action this week

SANTA FE, NM

THURSDAY June 28, 2018

3:00 PM 
at NM State Capitol Building - East Side

300 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe, NM 87501

NM Women's March Call to Action #EndFamilyDetention

NM Women's March and partner organizations New Mexico Dream Team, March for Our lives, the New Mexico Poor Peoples Campaign ask you to join us this Thursday 6/28/2018. We will meet at 3pm at the East side of the State Capitol Building.
New Mexico Women, families and community call for an action to #EndFamilyDetention, and express our outrage that migrant children and babies are in cages, in jails, ripped from the arms of their parents. 

We demand that Governor Martinez immediately:

  • Issue a statement to President Trump denouncing the policy of removing children from their parent and imprisoning them. 
  • Demand that the President immediately reunite every single child that was stolen from her or his parents. 
  • Demand that the President follow the law with regard to those who ask for asylum.
  • Immediately recall all New Mexico National Guard Troops from the southern border.
  • Terminate Contracts with all Private Detention Centers. 

RSVP HERE

SATURDAY June 30, 2018

6:30 PM 

at NM State Capitol Building

490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Families Belong Together Santa Fe Vigil

Vigil will begin at 6:30 p.m. following the Santa Fe PRIDE parade in front of the Roundhouse, 490 Old Santa Fe Trl, Santa Fe, NM 87501. This is a part of a national #FamiliesBelongTogether day of action and together call for an end to the separation of families and family detention. #FamiliesBelongTogether - Not separated by ICE raids or deportations. Not in cages, private prisons or detention camps.

RSVP HERE


ALBUQUERQUE, NM

SATURDAY June 30, 2018 

9:00 AM 
1 One Civic Plz NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Families Belong Together - Rally

The stories seem too horrific to be true. Immigrant children, some less than a year old, snatched from their parent's arms. But it's all true. Our hearts break every time some new, terrible detail is revealed — tent cities, chain-link cages, kids begging for their parents in tears. The Trump administration’s practice of separating families is callous and cruel, but it is not new. The practice has its roots in some of the ugliest moments in American history, when African American children were ripped from their parents arms and sold into slavery and Native American children were torn from their families and forced into government-run boarding schools. But we can say no more to family separation. We can say no more to all anti-immigrant policies and practices once and for all. 
Join us and community partners in a nationwide day of protest with a rally at Civic Plaza on Saturday, June 30.

ROSWELL, NM

SATURDAY June 30, 2018

3:00-5:00 PM  
500 N Richardson Ave, Roswell, NM 88201

 Families Belong Together Roswell Protest

Sponsored by Somos Clovis, Somos Portales, Somos Chaves County and Somos Lea County.
The Trump administration continues to use its power to cruelly separate immigrant families at the border and in communities across southeastern New Mexico. And in response, Congressman Steve Pearce on June 21st voted in favor of an extreme anti-immigrant proposal that would have fueled even more separations.
Join us this Saturday, June 30th for a protest as part of a national #FamiliesBelongTogether day of action and together call for an end to the separation of families and family detention. A vote for more family separations is a vote against our rural values!
#FamiliesBelongTogether - Not separated by ICE raids or deportations. Not in cages, private prisons or detention camps.
Protest will begin at 3:00 p.m. in front of the federal building & ICE's Roswell office located at 500 N. Richardson Ave. Roswell, NM.
For more information, call Somos at 575-622-4486.

RSVP HERE


GALLUP, NM

SATURDAY June 30, 2018 

 9:00-11:00 AM  
at 201 E Historic Highway 66, Gallup, NM 87301

Families Belong Together Gallup March & Rally

The Trump administration continues to use its power to cruelly separate immigrant families at the border and in communities like Gallup. Join us this Saturday, June 30th for a march and rally as part of a national#FamiliesBelongTogether day of action and together call for an end to the separation of families and family detention. #FamiliesBelongTogether, Not separated by ICE raids or deportations Not in cages, private prisons or detention camps. March starting at 9am from train station on Route 66 and will end with rally at Downtown Courthouse Plaza.
For more information contact Priya Sudarsaman at (646) 942-8759. Sponsored by Somos Gallup, Somos Un Pueblo Unido's membership team in McKinley County.

RSVP HERE


FARMINGTON, NM

SATURDAY June 30, 2018 

 10:00 AM  
at Gateway Park, 3041 E Main St. Farmington, NM

Families Belong Together Farmington March & Rally


COLUMBUS, NM

SATURDAY June 30, 2018

10:30 AM  
Columbus Village Plaza, Columbus, NM 88029

 Families Belong Together Columbus Rally 

RSVP HERE


CARLSBAD, NM

SATURDAY June 30, 2018 

10:00 AM  
at 
Eddy County Courthouse Lawn, Canal Street, Carlsbad, NM 88220

Families Belong Together Carlsbad March & Rally

Let's show the world we're on the side of the families! We'll have speakers as well! Help all of us tell the world!

RSVP HERE


SOCORRO, NM

SATURDAY June 30, 2018

1:00 PM  
at Socorro Historic Plaza, Socorro, NM 87801 
Families Belong Together Socorro Rally RSVP HERE

SILVER CITY, NM

SATURDAY June 30, 2018 

10:00 AM  
at 
NW Corner of Bullard and 6th Street, Silver City, NM 88061

Families Belong Together Silver City March & Rally

Let's show the world we're on the side of the families! We'll have speakers as well! Help all of us tell the world!
The front of the HUB, 1 block down and across the street from the Farmers' Market, 1 block from Co-op across the street

RSVP HERE


TIERRA AMARILLA, NM

SATURDAY June 30, 2018 

10:00 AM  
at 
Historical Marker at north entrance to Tierra Amarilla, Tierra Amarilla, NM 87520

                                      On 64 -84 at the north entrance to Tierra Amarilla at the Historical Marker

Families Belong Together Tierra Amarilla

RSVP HERE


Truth or Consequences, NM

SATURDAY June 30, 2018 

9:00 AM  
at  
Ralph Edwards Park, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901

Families Belong Together Truth or Consequences

RSVP HERE


ALAMOGORDO, NM

SATURDAY June 30, 2018 

6:30 PM  
at 
Alameda Park Gazebo, Alamogordo, NM 88310

Families Belong Together Alamogordo

RSVP HERE


Family Separation at the US Border - What can you do?

This document is an aggregate of information put together by partners. For questions about specific events or opportunities please contact the relevant organizers through the links provided.

Here are concrete steps you can take to speak out on this shameful moment in our history. 

Call Congress and the Department of Justice

Department of Justice 202-514-2000

Congress and Senate: 202-224-3121

The ACLU has a call tool specifically for Senators; the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has a call tool that directs calls, tweets, facebook posts, and emails to all Members of Congress.  Here are a few things to ask for specifically from members of Congress (MOCs):

To support ending family separation (and family detention):

  • Push for an end to the practice of separating and jailing families. Call on President Trump, DHS Secretary Nielsen, and Attorney General Sessions to end family separation and detention through social media, letters, appropriations requirements, and in Congressional hearings.
  • Support an effort to defund family separation in the appropriations context and support decreases in funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the  U.S. Attorneys’ Offices within the Department of Justice.
  • Visit CBP facilities, detention centers, and federal courts at the border -- speak firsthand to parents who have been separated from their children and hear their stories.
  • Cosponsor the following legislation:

To push back against the two anti-immigrant bills currently up for a vote in Congress:

Sign a Petition

Be Vocal on Social Media

Keep tweeting at @realDonaldTrump and @SecNielsen to stop forcibly separating families. We Belong Together's demands for the Administration can be RT’d here. Ask the administration: what are its plans to reunify the families it has torn apart?

  1. Sample tweets can be found hereUse #FamiliesBelongTogether Graphics.

Volunteer & Donate!

Here are some sites with volunteer opportunities:

Stay Informed & Help Inform Others

Please be very careful of thinking as Trump's order to "End Family Separation" as a win. Here's a podcast from the Santa Fe Dreamers Project giving some legal context to the current crisis. Here's an excerpt from their blog "This order is as complicated in its effect as the initial policy was. The initial policy and the order are assaults on asylum seekers and use the most vulnerable among them as bait. We know this. This order mandates children into family detention and requests for Sessions to unravel the Flores Settlement, the very court agreement that makes sure children cannot be detained indefinitely in horrific federal prisons and instead go to ORR custody or get released quickly with their parents. My colleagues and I have been fighting hard to End Family Detention for years and we cannot accept this outcome simply because it is slightly more humane than ripping kids from their parents on the border. Please read this article below about the Flores Settlement and try and evaluate the news today based on what we have all learned this week about separation and try not to let your rage be appeased. There is so much work to be done if we are serious about the true liberation of immigrants and asylum seekers and changing the course of this country's horrible legacies." https://www.vox.com/…/executive-order-family-separation-flo…

On July 11, Allegra Love and SFDP staff attorneys delivered a presentation on Divesting from Private Prisons in preparation for the Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee Hearing on July 16. Watch it here.

We’ve compiled a list of organizations that are mobilizing to try and help children that have been separated from their parents at the Texas-Mexico border:

  • New Mexico Immigrant Law Center works to make access to justice affordable for New Mexico's immigrants and to promote knowledge of legal rights and the immigration process. Donate here.
  • Santa Fe Dreamers Project is a non-profit legal services organization serving New Mexico’s immigrant community.
  • Donate here. 
  • Somos Un Pueblo Unido  a statewide community-based and immigrant-led organization that promotes worker and racial justice. Donate here.
  • Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project works to prevent the deportation of asylum-seeking families fleeing violence. The group accepts donations and asks people to sign up for volunteer opportunities here.
  • South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project is providing free legal services to asylum seekers detained in South Texas.
  • RAICES is a nonprofit that provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrant children, families and refugees in Texas. It’s accepting donations and volunteers at its website. In addition, the #postcards4families campaignwill donate $5 to RAICES for every postcard kids write to help the separated immigrant children.
  • The CARA Project is currently recruiting attorneys, law students and paralegals with experience in asylum work. The group asks volunteers to be fluent in Spanish or willing to work with an interpreter.
  • Kids In Need of Defense partners with major law firms, corporations and bar associations to create a nationwide pro bono network to represent unaccompanied children through their immigration proceedings. Volunteers don’t need to have immigration law experience.
  • The El Paso-based Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center provides legal representation to immigrants who might not be able to afford it otherwise. It’s accepting volunteers and donations.
  • The Austin Bar Association Civil Right and Immigration Section is coordinating training for pro bono attorneys to handle credible fear interviews for asylum seekers. 
  • Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley shelters immigrants who've recently been released from U.S. Border Patrol custody. 
  • American Gateways provides legal services and representation to separated parents. It's currently seeking volunteers to represent detained parents who've been separated from their children.
  • Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services is the largest provider of free and low cost immigration services in West Texas and says it's the only organization in El Paso serving unaccompanied children.
  • Justice for Our Neighbors provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrant individuals and families in Texas.
    The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights is looking for more child advocates to visit the immigrant kids inside the detention centers weekly and accompany them to immigration proceedings. It is also raising money for advocates who will deal specifically with family separation cases.
  • Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is raising money to provide immigrant children "immediate shelter and beds, medical services, counseling and therapy to help them deal with the trauma of family separation."
  • Together Rising is collecting money that'll go to advocacy groups that are working to reunify immigrant children with their families. 
  • Comfort Cases is raising money to provide backpacks to the separated immigrant children. Each case will contain items such as blankets, pajamas, toiletries, a stuffed animal, a book, a journal and art supplies.
  • The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights is training adults who want to become “child advocates” who will work one-on-one with unaccompanied immigrant children while they are subject to deportation proceedings.
  • Tahirih Justice Center is providing free legal and social services to immigrant women and girls fleeing gender-based violence.
  • Circle of Health International has staffed a clinic caring for refugees and asylum seekers immediately upon their their release. Their McAllen clinic is currently seeing upwards of 100 patients a day.
  • The Office of Refugee Resettlement requires that all people who want to foster one of the unaccompanied immigrant children be fully licensed by their state. If you are not already licensed, the agency recommends contacting organizations such as United States Conference of Catholic Bishops or the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services.
  • Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services is the largest provider of free and low cost immigration services in West Texas and says it's the only organization in El Paso serving unaccompanied children.

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