Abolish ICE and End Deportations

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is out of control. Tell your Senators and Representative to:

Join their colleagues demanding that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resign;

Cosponsor and quickly enact the bipartisan DREAM Act and (in the House) cosponsor and quickly enact the Establishing a Humane Immigration Enforcement System Act;

Defund and abolish ICE—the agency that’s terrorizing children and families; and

Vote NO on any legislation that falls short of the bipartisan DREAM Act.

ABC News reports, “At least 10 Democratic senators and members of Congress have called on Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to resign, as of Tuesday morning, after the embattled agency chief blamed Congress, not the Trump administration, for the separation of children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.”

The bipartisan Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act will grant protections and legal status to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and have spotless records.

Reason.com reported ICE “was created in the panicked days after 9/11 to enhance national security. But its primary purpose has become hunting down and ejecting people whose main ‘crime’ often is that they can't obtain a piece of paper from the government authorizing them to live and work in the United States.”

We must act quickly. Children as young as 12 months are separated from their parents at the border. So-called personal abuse and gang violence are no longer considered viable reasons for requesting asylum, even if those abuses are abetted by government policies and indifference.

Once children are separated from their parents, they are no longer part of a family unit, but are categorized as “unaccompanied minors.” Tent cities are being erected as overflow holding areas for children in the Texas heat. Members of Congress are being denied entry to these detention centers.

Former Department of Homeland Security Director and current Chief of Staff John Kelly calls the separation policy a “tough deterrent,” and says in an NPR interview, "The children will be taken care of — put into foster care or whatever.”

The reality is that adults may be detained for a short period of time, but remain separated from their children for months. Overwhelmed and underfunded, DHS and associated agencies have lost track of hundreds of migrant children in foster care … “or whatever.”

AG Sessions has instituted this inhumane policy of “zero tolerance” and his underlings claim they are just following orders. Contrary to the Trump administration’s claims, there is no law mandating separation of families, and it is not illegal to approach the border and request asylum.

We demand a legislative remedy to end the reprehensible practice of separating children from their parents at the border, warehousing refugees in substandard detention centers, and refusing to consider claims of asylum that stem from fear of violence or retribution.

Tell your Representative and Senators to demand that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resign, to quickly enact the bipartisan and humane immigration reform (DREAM Act), to vote NO on any weak / watered down alternative to the DREAM Act, and also to defund and abolish ICE.