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SIGN NOW: End the detention of children and families
As of today, there are over 100 children being detained in ICE centers across the nation. Central American children and families flee to the Southern Border in search of safety and protection. Many of them are escaping violence and persecution and fear having to return to their home country.
As a nation that prides itself on having high moral standards and family values, we must respond with compassion and treat children and families with dignity. Efforts to make it easier to detain children or house them in hotels is deeply alarming, considering that children have died in U.S. immigration detention facilities. It’s time for the U.S. to stop detaining children and families.
Please join us in solidarity this holiday season, and sign this petition which will be sent after the holidays to the president and congressional leadership.
This petition is part of the Hope for the Holidays campaign. In an effort to bring hope and light to thousands of migrants in the United States, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service has launched its sixth-annual Hope for the Holidays campaign. The program collects cards and gifts for distribution at migrant detention centers across the country and at shelters along the border, reminding individuals and families that they are not forgotten during the holiday season. Visit our website to learn more.
Petition Text
Children and families fleeing violence and persecution should never be detained, with or without their families. As a person of faith who cares about basic human rights, I urge you to release children and families being detained.
There is unanimous consensus in the medical community that detention is never in a child’s best interest. Children are vulnerable and warrant special protections.
Our immigration policies must reflect these special protections for children and their best interests, such as those provided in the Flores Settlement Agreement and William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA).
I encourage the U.S. government to turn away from harmful policies and practices such as forced family separations and family detention and toward solutions that adhere to child welfare principles and maintain family unity.
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