Families Belong Together

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 of the asylum seekers had been transferred to Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. 

  • Since July 14th, 24 of these parents have been released on bond.

    • As of July 24th, 12 parents have been reunited with their children.

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

 

Take Action:

1. Call your legislators

                           

2. Attend a National Week of Action event:

 

Families Belong Together Rally at the Federal Detention Center in Seatac

  • Saturday, June 30th from 11am-2pm
  • Live Updates from Latino Community Fund at KEXP   90.3 FM.
  • For more locations and rallies, click HERE

Keeping Families Together Rally at Rep. Dan Newhouse's office in Yakima

  • Saturday, June 30th from 4pm - 5pm

Families Belong Together Rally at Spokane in Grant Park

  • Saturday, June 30th from 1pm - 2pm

Solidarity Day at Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma

  • Sunday, July 1st from 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Rally at ICE Court Office in Seattle

  • Tuesday, July 3rd from 8am - 1pm

Activist Symposium at MAPS headquarters in Redmond

  • Sunday, July 7th from 12pm - 4pm

 

3. Join Progreso and volunteer to register people to vote:

4. Donate to local and national organizations providing legal help assistance to separated families

  • For a list of organizations assisting in reuniting families, go to the Latino Community Fund of Washington website by clicking HERE 

5. Sign our petition to stop family separation HERE.

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    This is one of the most beautiful calls to action I’ve seen in a long time. I work with a few Latinos clean roofs in Seattle and it brings tears to my eyes to see them talking about how much they would love to have their family with them in this beautiful country. Even if we suddenly tripled our population, there would still be miles and miles of land in USA to grow our infrastructure (just look down next time you fly a plane over the country and see how much unused land we have), and so to be anti-immigration is an ignorant state-of-mind derived from nothing more than following the flock and racism. One of the people I used to work with at my job at http://www.seattlemossremoval.com/ one day got up and quit because he couldn’t bear to be away from his family one minute longer, despite how much good money he was making. He was a legal citizen who had had enough, and I don’t blame him. I’ll be sharing this on article #facebook to glean you some more support. Thanks for taking action!!!!
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