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The method to his madness....
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During a staff call this week, we were talking about how both the practice of separating families and the dehumanizing rhetoric around it leads to mass trauma that we'll have to work hard to address, as we struggle for more humane immigration policies.
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Sharing the following report from George Goehl about the Father's Day actions at the Texas border to stand with immigrants dealing with family separation. Lots of groups were involved. They give me hope in these dark times:

The movement against the Trump administration’s hateful anti-immigrant agenda is growing. Wednesday’s Executive Order to no longer separate families before detention would not have happened without thousands rising up. People’s Action is proud to join this wave of resistance.

But Trump’s order is misleading: it simply gives families an indefinite jail sentence. Children will continue to be in prisons. It does nothing to reunite as many as 4,000 children already ripped from their parents as a result of his “zero tolerance” policy.

For Father’s Day, a delegation of People’s Action members went to McAllen, Texas to join a vigil at the Ursula Border Processing Center with our allies at National Domestic Workers Alliance, We Belong Together, La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), Fuerza del Valle, United We Dream, and others.

People’s Action was represented by Illinois People's Action, Down Home North Carolina, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, and Colorado People’s Action, with many fathers making the trek on incredibly short notice.

When we arrived, detained children who had been separated from their families were being moved in and out of the area on planes and buses. I wrote an article about my relationship with my daughter and how even brief separations are hard, let alone what is happening to migrant families.

Leaders of La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) and Fuerza del Valle, an affiliate of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, briefed us on the conditions along the border and described a militarized zone that is a constant fact of life for people in the region, yet rarely makes national headlines. I’d encourage all of us to think about how we can support these organizations.

The Marguerite Casey Foundation has an amazing history of funding work in the region and provides support to both of these important organizations. LUPE and Fuerza del Valle are doing the work, day in and day out, and they showed up in big ways as host organizations.

Father’s Day was filled with rage and heartbreak. In one of the day’s most powerful moments, twelve-year old Leah from We Belong Together spoke about living in fear of her parents being deported. We Belong Together has focused on the issue of family separation since 2010. This is a reminder that long-term investments in people and work results in organizations in place to respond to moments such as this.

The Marguerite Casey Foundation has a amazing history of funding work in the region and provides support to both of these amazing organizations. They are doing the work, day in and day out, and then asked to show up big as host organizations in moments such as these.

This Father’s Day was filled with both rage and heartbreak. In one of the most powerful moments, twelve-year old Leah from We Belong Together spoke about living in fear of her undocumented parents being deported and losing her sister who used to be a dreamer with DACA. We Belong Together has focused specifically on the issue of family separation since 2010 - another reminder that long-term investment in people and work are a good thing to do.

Leah and former HUD Secretary Julian Castro led a small delegation to the front doors of the Ursula Border Processing Center. Leah left stuffed animals, Father’s Day cards, and messages for the kids outside the locked door.

Other children, including my daughter Addie (in the photo below), gathered to support her. Addie has been sad and agitated about what is happening to her fellow children. When a bus full of separated children left the center, hundreds of us waved and chanted support with tears streaming down our faces.

We are energized by the smart and courageous actions of our allies at the Fair Immigration Reform Movement and Center for Community Change organized Wednesday on the House Floor. As we’ve come to expect, and hopefully not take for granted, Casa de Maryland played a leading role, once again taking their proximity to DC as a big responsibility. I hope we all remember the weight of that responsibility and Casa de Maryland’s and FIRM’s consistency in showing up in the most critical moments.

We all need to follow their lead and continue to show up. A big next step is Saturday June 30th in Washington DC. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, MoveOn, and others have called for big mobilizations in Washington, DC and across the country on that day. MoveOn has once again brought the power of its membership and online platform to bear for the broader effort. You can find June 30th events in well over 100 cities here. If there’s not an event planned in your city, then you can organize one.

Donald Trump’s most recent shift was a reaction to rising pressure. We should double down on what’s working. See you in the streets on June 30th, if not before.

Forward,

George

P.S. During an interview yesterday, on All In with Chris Hayes (MSNBC), our own Tim Wilkins shared exclusive footage of detained children being transported on major commercial airlines. View the footage and read more on this story at OurFuture.org.