The Advocates & 183 other organizations sent a letter, dated march 22, 2017, to John Kelly, Secretary of U.S. Department of Homeland Security, registering profound opposition to his proposal to separate migrant families arriving at our borders.
The Honorable John F. Kelly
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
3801 Nebraska Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
Dear Secretary Kelly:
We, the undersigned 184 organizations who serve or work on behalf of immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and children, write to express our profound opposition to your recent proposal to separate migrant families arriving at our borders. In addition to this proposed policy being fundamentally un-American and cruel, it is also profoundly misguided. Family separation will only further traumatize those already fleeing harm, and will inhibit their ability to access a legal process to which they have a right under U.S. and international law. Moreover, this policy will not prevent mothers from fleeing harm to bring their children to safety and may in fact make them even more vulnerable on an already dangerous journey. We urge you to reverse course on any policy proposal that would seek to tear apart families or otherwise inflict trauma and harm.