Official Statement on Separating Familes at the Border (in English and Spanish)

June 18, 2018
Dawn Johnson for State Senate

I, like many of my fellow Americans, have watched in disgust as the new policy to tear children from their parents is carried out at our border. In 1951, our nation entered into an international agreement to accept refugees seeking asylum. The agreement legally bound us to not “impose penalties on refugees who entered illegally in search of asylum if they present themselves,” and yet we are imposing penalties on people who legally present themselves for asylum and jailing infants and toddlers. This cannot be who we are as a people. These actions are unjust, immoral, and against the very idea of what America should be. The families applying for asylum have traveled far with little more than the clothes on their back to escape violence and poverty in search of the American dream. At the end of their journey, the families are instead met with cruelty grounded in racism and paraded as policy. But this does not have to become an era of brutality and we are not powerless. Join me as I fight to amend this injustice. Here is what we can do:

1) Contact our members of Congress and let them know that this policy is unconscionable and unacceptable. Contact them every day until this policy ends.

2) Support groups that are helping immigrant families: RAICES, the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, the ACLU, Together Rising, Al Otro Lado, and The Florence Project.

3) Change our government by registering people to vote, volunteering and donating to campaigns, and help get out the vote.

We will not allow this administration to be deaf to the voice of justice or break families under absolute despotism. If we stand together, we can again be the America that welcomes those who yearn to breathe free.

Yo, como muchos de mis compatriotas estadounidenses, he observado con disgusto la nueva política de separar a los niños de sus padres en nuestra frontera. En 1951, nuestra nación firmó un acuerdo internacional para aceptar refugiados que buscan asilo. El acuerdo nos obliga legalmente a no "imponer sanciones a los refugiados que ingresen ilegalmente en busca de asilo si se presentan ellos mismos." Sin embargo, estamos imponiendo sanciones a las personas que se presentan legalmente para el asilo y encarcelan a bebés y niños pequeños. Esto no puede ser lo que somos como pueblo. Estas acciones son injustas, inmorales y contra la idea misma de lo que los Estados Unidos deberían ser. Las familias que solicitan asilo han viajado lejos con poco más que la ropa puesta para escapar de la violencia y la pobreza en busca del sueño americano. Al final de su viaje, las familias se encuentran con la crueldad basada en el racismo y marchada como una ley. Pero esto no tiene que convertirse en una era de brutalidad y no somos impotentes. Únete a mí mientras lucho por arreglar esta injusticia. Esto es lo que nosotros podemos hacer:

1) Póngase en contacto con sus miembros del Congreso y dígale que esta política es excesiva e inaceptable. Hazlo todos los días hasta que estas acciones paren.

2) Apoye grupos que están ayudando a familias inmigrantes: RAICES, el Proyecto Pro Bono de Representación de Asilo del Sur de Texas, la ACLU, Together Rising, Al Otro Lado y The Florence Project.

3) Cambie nuestro gobierno registrando personas para votar, haciendo trabajo voluntario y donando a campañas, y ayudándonos con el sal a votar.

No permitiremos que esta administración sea sorda contra la voz de la justicia ni rompa a las familias bajo el despotismo absoluto. Si nos mantenemos unidos, podemos volver a ser la América que da la bienvenida a aquellos que anhelan respirar libremente.

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