Right now, children who have been separated from their families are being held in tents and massive warehouses at the border between the US and Mexico, after having to flee danger in their home countries.
Although US President Trump signed an executive order to stop separating children from their families when arrested for irregularly crossing the US–Mexico border, the government has said it may continue separating families in other circumstances.
Thousands of families have already been separated, and the US government has not announced any plans to reunite them. Some parents and family members who were separated from their children face being deported back to countries where their lives may be at risk – and where they will have to live not knowing if they will see their children again.
President Trump’s executive order also directed US authorities to detain asylum-seeking families, potentially for months or years, while they wait for decisions on their asylum claims. The US government is using this abusive system as a tactic to deter asylum claims.
More and more, people are resisting this cruel treatment – there have been protests, and momentum is growing across the USA and the world. But the fight isn’t over.
Send an email to the President of the USA, Donald Trump and demand that the US government stops locking up asylum seekers, and re-unite separated families.