Thousands of children – including babies and toddlers – have been separated from their parents at the Texan border with Mexico in the past six weeks, following a new Trump administration policy, the New York Times reported.
Footage released by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shows boys sitting in cages inside a facility in McAllen, Texas. And in an audio obtained by ProPublica, children can be heard sobbing – and agents joking about it.
Here are three ways in which you can help these children being held without their parents at the border.
- Visit FamiliesBelongTogether.org and sign the petition, host a local event, or plan to attend the Washington D.C. protest on June 30. Also, download the graphics available on the website and post them on social media or use them as posters for the protest.
- Donate to the Facebook fundraiser to support Raices, “the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas”. According to the page, the organizers’ goals are to “fund the bond necessary to get parents out of detention and reunited with their children while awaiting court proceedings”, and “ensure legal representation for every child in Texas’ immigration courts”.
- Call your representative. Elite Daily posted a guide on how to do so. Since it’s a federal policy, look up your senators and representatives.