5 Ways To Help Immigrant Children Affected By The Border Crisis

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Despite President Trump having stated last week that he would end the forced separation of children from undocumented parents, the border crisis remains a crucial issue as more than 2000 children have yet to be reunited with their families. Outrage and protests have ensued since footage of ‘federal shelters’ concentration camps along the U.S./Mexico border has been released. No one knows when or if these children will be reunited with their families as Trump’s executive order does not address the children who have already been separated.

As more coverage of the detainment camps is released, critics from all sides are bringing attention to the unjust and inhumane conditions of the camps. The Washington Post detailed the severity of the situation in a recent article:

The children have been through hell. They are babies who were carried across rivers and toddlers who rode for hours in trucks and buses and older kids who were told that a better place was just beyond the horizon.

And now they live and wait in unfamiliar places: big American suburban houses where no one speaks their language; a locked shelter on a dusty road where they spend little time outside; a converted Walmart where each morning they are required to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance, in English, to the country that holds them apart from their parents.

It is a horrific situation. As our mission is to help African immigrants succeed in the U.S and maintain strong ties with the immigrant community, USAIG is especially saddened and appalled by what is happening. But there are ways that we can help. Thus, we’ve compiled a list of ways that you too can help immigrant families affected by the crisis.

1. Call Your State Representative

https://www.instagram.com/p/BkPoq_bhMLd/?tagged=bordercrisis

The American Civil Liberties Union has come up with a convenient form to help you locate your state representatives number in a matter of minutes. And if you don’t what to say? The ACLU has also provided a short script that you can use to tell your representative that you will not stand with the policy of forcibly separating immigrant children from their parents.

Hi, my name is [YOUR NAME] and my zip code is [YOUR ZIP]. I’m urging the Senator to denounce Trump’s family separation policy and use all of Congress’ authority to stop it.

2. Together Rising

https://www.instagram.com/p/BkahA4YhWqy/?tagged=keepfamiliestogether

Together Rising is a non-profit organization funding projects to help get immigrant children legal representation. Most recently, they funded the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project “for an angel team of four lawyers and 3 legal assistants to represent children detained in Arizona detention centers and their families; and the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights in order to cover the costs of a lawyer and social worker who will be operating around the country and on the border to provide advocacy and healing to unaccompanied, detained children.” You can donate through their website.

3. American Civil Liberties Union

https://www.instagram.com/p/BkdXpO7hA74/?tagged=keepfamiliestogether

The American Civil Liberties has long been committed to protecting immigrant rights and ensuring that immigrants also know their rights. The organization is currently raising funds to hire lawyers to defend children separated from their families. You can donate here.

4. Asylum Advocacy

https://www.instagram.com/p/BkdXElWB3IV/?tagged=keepfamiliestogether

One of the most disturbing facts about the border crisis is that asylum seekers who have fled countries of political instability and violence are also being deported. Asylum advocacy is an organization working to prevent refugees along the border from being deported, and you can donate and even sign up to volunteer with them here.

5. Texas Civil Rights Project

https://www.instagram.com/p/BkdToF8FLHG/?tagged=keepfamiliestogether

Their Twitter bio states, “We are Texas lawyers for Texas communities, boldly serving the movement for equality and justice in and out of the courts.” The Texas Civil Rights Project is currently helping five families who have been separated from their children, and they are also in need of translators with paralegal experience to assist in the legal process. Even if you are unable to directly volunteer with them, you can donate and help fund lawyers for immigrant children along the border here.

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