Trump has signed an executive order curtailing the separation of children from their parents at the border. This is a win, but please still consider donating to organizations helping the children at the border in the coming weeks. Because this policy enactment came with no time administrators to prepare, there was no plan or process in place for how to reunite the children with their families. They will still need advocacy and humanitarian services for some time to come.
Also, the fight for treating those seeking asylum with the protections granted to them by our agreements with the U.N. also require greater advocacy and enforcement.
I honestly have nothing insightful or thoughtful to say about the current administration’s inhumane policy of separating children from their asylum-seeking families. I’m mostly just blindly appalled. Our immigration system is profoundly broken and needs serious people to tackle its serious problems. But there is a world of difference between having the power to enact a cruel policy and actually doing it.
Citizens of the United States so often feel helpless in the face of such callous decisions by our leaders. We typically don’t have the skills or the means to directly aid those in need. But, as is my wont, I will post here a list of organizations who do have those skills and who would appreciate your support in whatever level of contribution you can muster.
If protests are your bent, there are also ways to get involved there. Most importantly, you can contact your elected representatives in Congress – no matter what – and let them know that baldfaced inhumanity will not stand in the U.S. , especially toward those most at our mercy.
We are ostensibly a strong country full of self-determining people. Keeping “the least of these” together with their parents should be a basic principle of our greatness, not yet another stain upon it.
If you’re looking for ways to support the hundreds of immigrants being detained, help provide advocacy, and help reunite separated parents with their children, consider donating to these organizations.
The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) is a Texas-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing immigrant families and refugees with affordable legal assistance. You can volunteer to work with the organization or donate money to support its team of 130 attorneys and staff members.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonprofit that defends immigrants’ rights. The organization is addressing ICE and border patrol abuse, immigration policies, and more, along with educating the nation on how to uphold the Constitution. You can donate to help the ACLU’s efforts here.
3. Young Center For Immigrant Children’s Rights
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights advocates for the safety and well-being of unaccompanied kids arriving in the United States. The organization works to protect children from harsh immigration laws and recently announced a project specifically dedicated to helping children separated from their parents at the border.
4. Border Angels
Border Angels is a California-based volunteer organization. Its primary efforts focus on tackling immigration reform and promoting social justice at the US-Mexican border. Donations are used to fund educational programs, free immigration services, and events to support those in need.
5. Kids In Need of Defense
Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) defends the rights of unaccompanied immigrant or refugee children and ensures they can not appear in court without “high quality legal representation.” Find out more about the organization here, along with ways to get involved and donate.
6. Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project
The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) represents families crossing the border and connects them with support systems they wouldn’t normally be able to access. The organization also works to prevent wrongful deportations from the United States and provides legal and emergency services. To learn more check out the project’s website.
Can’t decide which organization to donate to? Why not choose eight? ActBlue provides a simple and convenient way for people to distribute a single donation to eight different charities in need. Using this link you can help kids being separated from their families at the border by donating to We Belong Together, United We Dream, Women’s Refugee Commission, ACLU, Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, Human Rights First, and La Union del Pueblo Entero.
This program — a joint pro bono venture by four other groups — assembles law students, social workers, and other professionals to assist those in need on the ground in Texas, specifically in response to the crackdown on immigration. http://caraprobono.org/