On a summer day in July of 2018 when news reports splashed out headlines and images of family separation, hundreds of residents descended on the intersection of San Pablo and Carlson. Families stacked the steps in front of the El Cerrito Plaza carrying signs of protest to say no to these policies.
Fast forward two months later. As of August 31, according to the Washington Post, “Nearly two-thirds of the 497 minors still in custody — including 22 “tender-age” children, who are younger than 5 — have parents who were deported, mostly in the first weeks of Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy.”
And as recently as mid September, the New York Times reported that the number of migrant children being detained by the government has reached its highest level ever. The Times showed that 12,800 children were detained in federal custody this month, compared to 2,400 children detained in May 2017. Federal shelters housing migrant children have remained filled at around 90 percent capacity since May of this year.
In addition to the assault on refugee families, Trump is proposing a regulation that could change the face of legal immigration — by restricting low-income immigrants. According to reporting by VOX New Trump Plan, it would give enormous discretion to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers to reject an immigrant’s application for admission, or for a green card, because the officer feels the immigrant doesn’t make enough money to support a large family or doesn’t have the resources to provide health care for a preexisting condition.
Please be advised that although the brash and heart wrenching reporting of family separation in July is no longer in the headlines, vulnerable families, refugees, immigrants, and our neighbors in our community are in peril. What can you do?
1, Do not accept the normalization of administrative policies. Show UP! Thursday at 5:00 P.M. at the El Cerrito Plaza entrance on the west side, in front of Daiso.
2. Challenge your elected officials to push back on racist and heartless policies by calling and sending letters.
3. Write letters to the editors.