Voto Latino joins Families Belong Together National Day of Action to demand family reunification and end to separations
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Voto Latino joined tens of thousands of advocates in Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. for the Families Belong Together national day of action. Taking their message to the streets of America, advocates demanded the reunification of families and putting a permanent end to family separation and detention.
“Children in cages, torn from their families, should have never been a policy,” said Voto Latino President and CEO María Teresa Kumar. “Yet the concern for the well-being of these innocent children have united Americans in opposition to the radical and inhumane policies of this White House. Today, we delivered a resounding message to the President’s doorstep – stop separation, end family detention, or face accountability this November.”
Led by MoveOn, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the ACLU, the Families Belong Together coalition organized more than 750 events in all 50 states focused on opposing the separation and detention of immigrant families.
Last Sunday, June 24th, Voto Latino led a delegation of elected officials, grassroots activists, human rights advocates, religious leaders, and influencers to Tornillo, Texas, the site of Donald Trump’s first “tent city” of children ripped from their parents at the border. With over 50 national and local organizations in tow, hundreds rallied to demand the Trump Administration reunite families and fix the appalling humanitarian crisis they created. Since the rally in Tornillo, the Department of Health and Human Services has reportedly decided to shut down the “tent city” effective July 13, 2018.
“We will not let up! This movement is not yet over,” said María Teresa Kumar. “We will continue to fight until every child is reunited with their parents and this administration abandons this inhumane policy once and for all.”
Americans can speak out against these atrocities by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and demand a congressional hearing to get straight answers and a plan for reunification from their representatives. For more information, visit stopseparation.org.