From an email from Democracy For America:
Donald Trump put on quite a show this afternoon. But the executive order on child detention that he signed — under nearly unbearable public pressure — won’t do anything to help the humanitarian crisis his administration is intentionally creating.
Let’s be clear: Donald Trump’s executive order mandates the jailing of immigrant families seeking safety in the U.S. It does not save or release any children from prison.
At best, it will ensure that children will be locked in family detention centers — essentially internment camps — with their parents, possibly indefinitely. And it does nothing to re-unite the many families that have already been torn apart.
Trump is hoping that this bait-and-switch move will distract the public and kill the momentum building around stopping this administration’s cruel immigration detention policies. We need to prove him wrong.
Democracy for America is joining with MoveOn, the ACLU and dozens of other progressive organizations to support hundreds of #FamiliesBelongTogether events. Will you stand up to Trump on immigration by taking to the streets on Saturday, June 30? Click here to find an event.
The Trump administration is trying to frame this executive action as a move of compassion. But there is absolutely nothing compassionate about keeping families caged up in detention camps — period, full stop.
Until Donald Trump or Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen take action to revoke the “zero-tolerance policy” that is mandating the detention of a skyrocketing number of immigrants and asylum-seekers, children and infants will continue to be jailed and traumatized.
This administration could make that change and stop this crisis with absolutely no help from Congress — but they’re choosing to use immigrants as hostages and bargaining chips instead.
Let’s show Trump that we will not be silent until all immigrant families are reunited, the wrongfully detained are freed and the racist officials behind this disaster are held accountable. Sign up to attend a #FamiliesBelongTogether protest on June 30.
Thanks for standing up for the rights of immigrant children and families right now.
Karli Wallace Thompson, Senior Digital Manager
Democracy for America
Some folks may believe that demonstrations and marches don’t help, but right now before midterm elections, I believe a good turnout will send shivers down the spines of every Republican that dare to support Trump.
That is, of course, if you are not out knocking doors for our great candidates at that time.