Author: Emma Buckhout
Call the White House today to tell President Obama to STOP the raids on Central American children and families!
Families and children fleeing violence and poverty deserve protection, not deportation!
This is unacceptable. It was revealed last week that the Obama Administration is preparing a 30-day “surge” of raids to round up and deport Central American children and families who have arrived in the United States since 2014. These raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are an escalation of those announced at the beginning of this year and the ongoing enforcement actions targeting recently-arrived families.
We know that the growing humanitarian crisis of extreme violence, corruption, and poverty is driving tens of thousands of children and families to flee their homes in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The U.S. government has pledged to increase refugee screening in the region but continues increasing immigration enforcement at home and in Mexico in an attempt to deter migrants and refugees from reaching our southern border. Meanwhile, families say again and again that although the journey is hard and they will suffer abuses along the way, they will keep coming if it means a chance at protection and survival. And yet, those who make it to our border are greeted with detention and fast-track deportation rather than the due process they deserve.
We need to act before it´s too late to tell the Obama Administration that not only are these raids an ineffective response to the root causes driving children and families to flee their homes in Central America, but they are inhumane. Raids to deport these children and families back to the dangers they fled are not the answer.
Take action today—tell President Obama to STOP the raids against Central American children and families!
|Call the White House Comment Line directly TODAY at 202-456-1111.
See the following sample script:
“Hello, I am [your name] from [city, state, community] calling to urge President Obama STOP plans to deport Central American children and families. These individuals are fleeing horrific violence and should have access to due process and legal counsel so that they can apply for asylum and protection in the United States. We should not be traumatizing communities and sending mothers and children back to the dangers they fled.“
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Tell President Obama to immediately STOP ICE’s raids against Central American immigrants and refugees fleeing violence. Raids that terrorize communities, trample civil rights, and send children and families back to the danger they fled are unacceptable. Call 202-456-1111 to tell @PresidentObama: #StopTheRaids!
URGENT: Call @WhiteHouse to tell @POTUS & @DHSgov to STOP raids to deport Central American children & families: 202-456-1111 #StopTheRaids
@WhiteHouse @POTUS protect Central American children and families seeking safety #StopTheRaids
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