When the Trump administration argued in court last week that detained migrant children ‘didn’t need toothbrushes, medicine and blankets’ in order to be held in “safe and sanitary condition,’ the world shuddered.
Now, 250 migrant children who had been held in appalling conditions at a Customs and Border Protection facility in Texas are being moved into the Department of Health and Human Services’ shelter system by today. A team of lawyers, doctors, and advocates visited some of the US customs facilities and warned of major health and hygiene problems.
What you can do to help: vote, protest, make your voice heard.
Also, donate to humanitarian groups.
Comfort Case is an organization that donates backpacks or duffel bags filled with pj’s, hygiene necessities such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, and comforting teddy bears to kids in foster care which can make all the difference to these youngsters.
Legal Groups: Most immigrants are not informed of their legal and civil rights as they pursue asylum or face deportation. Several nonprofits are providing free legal representation and other services for immigrants and the families of those detained. United We Dream, the American Civil Liberties Union, Mijente and Immigrant Justice Corps are coordinating advocacy and services at a national level. There are also local organizations providing legal aid include New Sanctuary Coalition in New York, Las Americas in El Paso and Raices in Texas, Americans for Immigrant Justice in Florida and Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund in Colorado.
One person can make a difference.