Zero Tolerance of Family Separation Is Un-American: A Call To Action

The Trump administration’s Zero Tolerance Policy contradicts and undermines America’s stance in the world as a bastion of democracy and opportunity.

The Trump administration’s policy and practice on border entries has turned asylum seekers into law breakers; the criminalization of a non-criminal act has resulted in the separation of families that is itself a criminal violation of human rights.

The separation of children from their parents during prosecution and jailing is both a violation of due process and, as testified by the Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association, “state sanctioned child abuse.”

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3 Things YOU can do to help reunite Families right NOW

The separation of young children from their parents during detention is a Trump administration policy. While it is true that children are not to be prosecuted with adults, there is no law that states the family unit must be separated. In fact it can be argued that separating them is unconstitutional.

According to the Constitution, The 5th amendment Due Process of law applies to any “person” not just citizens. This is also supported by the Supreme Court in the 1982 case of Pyler v. Doe “Aliens, even Aliens whose presence in this country is unlawful, have long been recognized as ‘persons’ guaranteed due process of law by the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments”. The Supreme Court went further to say in the 1982 case of Santosky v.Kramer that separating families is a violation of due process of law, “There is a fundamental liberty interest of natural parents in the care, custody and management of their child.”. The ACLU recently made this argument in its lawsuit ACLU v ICE. 

Things You Can Do: 

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Do Not Be Distracted

Even though An executive order has been signed to end separation of families, Chicago Women Take Action will continue to work against any attempt to re-institute such a policy and we will fight for the reunification of families for children who have been separated from their parents. Continue to stay focused and know the issues.

Underlying Context and Substantive, Relevant Facts:

1.Where are Immigration detention centers located?

According to federal government data, Texas (15,852), California (6,527), Arizona (3,869), Georgia (3,717), and Louisiana (3,143) are the top five states with the largest number of people in U.S. immigration detention per day.

In Illinois we have the following Detention Centers :

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Stop Separating Families

Last night I walked a labyrinth with my friend Ana. We were in a dark church hall, lit only by candles. Ana wept as she saw her daughter’s name YESICA written lovingly along a curve of the path. The youth of Lake Street Church, where Ana’s family lives, had created an Easter labyrinth.

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