The main goal of the policy was to prosecute adults who illegally crossed the southern border, which inevitably caused the separation of families. While parents were detained, awaiting their court dates, their children were being sent to the Office for Refugee Resettlement. As a result, nearly 2,000 children were taken away from their parents and held in fenced cages at detention centers.
Although the executive order seeks to “maintain family unity,” it does not offer a plan to reunite the families that have already been separated. Plus, children will continue to be imprisoned. In an effort to address this crisis, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal announced that she and hundreds of organizations, including MoveOn and The National Domestic Workers Alliance, will be taking part in “Families Belong Together” protests on June 30.
If you’re interested in helping families, many of whom are seeking asylum, here is everything you need to know about the big day. As with any large-scale demonstration, remember to keep these six safety tips in mind.
1. WHEN AND WHERE WILL IT TAKE PLACE?
There are now hundreds of #FamiliesBelongTogether events in **ALL 50 STATES** and seeing solidarity events pop up around the world. Thousands or tens of thousands of ppl already committed in DC, Minneapolis, Nashville, Austin, Chicago, LA, NYC, MANY more: https://t.co/0KcLXHgAUb
— Anna Galland (@annagalland) June 22, 2018
To find details (time, place, etc.) about a protest in your area, make sure to check out MoveOn.com. All you have to do is type in your zip code. If nothing comes up, no worries! You can fill out a form to host your own event.
This is INCREDIBLE! Look at all these protests! When pressure is working, ramp it UP. The minute after an executive order by Trump, thousands of kids will still be separated from their families. Babies still in jail. Stephen Miller still in the White House. 6/30 protests are STILL ON—let’s take this fight to the next level. Join us on June 30 – find an action need you: MoveOn.org/Families #FamiliesBelongTogether #KeepFamiliesTogether #Resist #ResistTrump
2. WHY ARE PEOPLE PROTESTING?
You can read MoveOn.com‘s mission statement, below.
“The executive order that Donald Trump signed today is not a solution to the crisis created by his administration; it keeps kids imprisoned indefinitely, and doesn’t reunite thousands of separated families. But it does show the administration is reacting to public pressure, so we will continue to increase our pressure for justice at hundreds of events on Saturday, June 30, to say that families belong together—and free.”
3. I CAN’T MAKE IT. HOW ELSE CAN I HELP?
If you can’t attend an event, there are other ways to get involved. Consider donating to RAICES, an nonprofit organization that provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrant children, families, and refugees in Texas. You can also call you representative using a script written by The American Civil Liberties Union or volunteer for organizations like The Texas Civil Rights Project.