6/19/18: Keep Families Together Act
SUGGESTED MEMBER SCRIPT
“Hi, my name is …, I’m a constituent from “i.e., Durango” zip code 81***. I support the KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT. The inhumane separation policy exacerbates the trauma these children and their parents face. Congress must take a stand and end this.
Thank you for your time and attention.
WHO MEMBER IS TO CONTACT : US SENATE
- Thank Senator Michael Bennett
(970) 259-1710 (Durango) (202) 224-5852 (DC Office)
- Senator Cory Gardner
(Durango) (202) 224-5941 (DC Office) 970) 415-7416
- Representative Scott Tipton
(970) 259-1490(Durango) 202-225-4761 (DC Office)
WHEN IS MEMBER TO CALL OR WRITE ASAP
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT: Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, with a group of 31 of his colleagues, this week introduced legislation to keep immigrant families together by preventing the Department of Homeland Security from taking children from their parents at the border.
The Keep Families Together Act was developed in consultation with child welfare experts to ensure the federal government is acting in the best interest of children. The American Academy of Pediatrics, Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Children’s Law Center and the Young Center for Immigrant Rights support the bill.
On May 7, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that all adults who arrive at the border would be prosecuted for illegal entry, even if they attempt to seek asylum. This policy, which has never before been pursued, has resulted in parents being separated from their children. Prosecuting individuals who are seeking asylum may also violate the United States’ obligations under international law, including the U.N. convention on refugees and its Protocol.
At a May 24, 2018, Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Customs and Border Protection informed the committee that 658 children were taken from 638 parents during a 14-day period in May, an average of 47 children being taken from their parents each day.
To protect the welfare of children, the bill allows the government to separate them from their parents only in the event that they are trafficking or abusing them. To provide an additional layer of protection, the bill provides for an immediate review by a superior upon the recommendation to separate, and only after consultation with a child welfare expert.