Families Belong Together

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What's happening:* 

Washington

  • 206 asylum seekers were transferred to the Federal Detention Center (FDC) in Seatac, Washington 
    • 45 asylum seekers are parents who have been separated from their children. 
  • On June 20th, Immigration and Customs Enforcement reported that 36 asylum seekers had been transferred to Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. 
  • As of July 24th, 12 parents have been reunited with their children. 
    • Since July 14th, 24 of these parents have been released on bond

Nationwide

  • Between October 2017 and April 2018, 700 children had been  separated from parents
  • Around 2,300 of those children had been separated from their parents and were held by the government in shelters around the country.
  • As of August 1st, up to 463 children have been deemed "ineligible" for returning to their families because their family has already been deported
  • The court deadline to return all separated children into their families  was July 26th

*Please note that as this is a changing situation, and many times data is not available, these numbers may not be accurate.

Sources: NWIRPWashington PostABCNBC, Vox

How to help:

Contact your representative:

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Places to Donate and Volunteer: 

Local Resources:

Thank you for participating in the week of action of events!

Click here to see a recap of images from the week of action events.

Actions you can take:

SIGN this "Keep them together! Stop separating children from their families at the U.S. border" petition: https://www.change.org/p/keep-them-together-stop-separating-children-from-their-families-at-the-u-s-border

SIGN UP to ATTEND the WAISN Deportation Defense-Westside Regional Gathering to continue to fight against deportations on July 20, 12pm-6pm: https://actionnetwork.org/events/deportation-defense-westside-regional-gathering

SHOW UP at the daily vigils at ICE's Seattle Office 

CONTACT state elected officials to support the Keep Washington Working Act in the 2019 legislative session.

GET INFORMED about the following federal bills:

  • Access to Counsel Act (H.R. 1006 - Jayapal; S. 349 - Harris) would ensure that access to legal counsel is granted to everyone apprehended at the border by ICE/CBP.
  • Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act (H.R. 3923 - Jayapal & Smith) would authorize an overhaul of the detention centers and the system governing these centers. Sen. Booker (NJ) is sponsoring the Senate companion bill. All six Democrats in our House delegation have signed onto this bill, so we need our advocates in Congresssional Districts 3, 4, 5, and 8 to urge their House member to sign on to this. 
  • Detention Oversight Not Expansion (DONE) Act (H.R. 5820 - Jayapal; S. 2849 - Harris) would increase oversight of ICE detention centers and halt funds for construction or expansion of new facilities.
  • Act to Save & Protect Immigrants Requesting Equity (ASPIRE) Temporary Protective Status (TPS) (H.R. 4384) would provide legal protections for those who have been given their status.

SUPPORT the Coalition! Make a commitment to help fulfill at least three needs listed above. Please like/follow their social media pages to get up to date information and upcoming events. 

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