BACKGROUND: Migrant families who are escaping various forms of violence and persecution in their homeland are being routinely separated. Since October 2017, more than 700 children have been separated from their parents and rendered “unaccompanied,” including over 100 children under the age of four. On May 4, 2018, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stated that it will refer all individuals who cross the border without authorization for criminal prosecution, including adult members of family units. If implemented, this policy will undoubtedly lead to a drastic increase in incidences of family separation.
TAKE ACTION: Send a message to your U.S. Representative and ask Congress to protect immigrant children and families seeking safety and shelter from violence by keeping these families together.