By now, you’re likely aware that the current occupant of the White House is deeply racist, holding disgusting anti-Hispanic opinions and has no qualms referring to migrants as “animals” or publicly likening them to roaches.
By now you’ve heard of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ “zero tolerance” policy that treats all migrants from Central and South America as criminals.
You probably heard about the converted Walmart in Brownsville, Texas nicknamed ‘Casa Padre’, where upwards of 1,500 migrant children are housed (but we don’t need to worry much bc out of that number only a few dozen children have been ripped from their parents arms, the rest is comprised of teenage migrants who entered the U.S. alone, so it’s all good that *anyone*– let alone children–is housed in a detainment center)
You may have heard the desperate pleas and sobbing from children (some crying so hard that they have difficulty breathing, not that one of the border agents seems to give a rat’s ass) in the recent audio obtained by ProPublica.
You may have heard that there is considerable outrage over the zero tolerance policy, with criticism coming from all 5 living First Ladies (yes, even Melania Trump, not that Cheeto Hitler cares what his wife has to say) and even internationally.
You may have heard all of that and find yourself angered beyond all measure. Perhaps, like George Takei, you think of the racist U.S. policy that led to internment camps for Japanese-Americans during World War 2.
Maybe you are looking at the zero tolerance policy the same way the American Academy of Pediatrics does, as child abuse.
Perhaps you are sitting there, feeling a burning desire to do SOMETHING to help resolve this crisis, but you have no idea what to do and you’re feeling utterly helpless. I know that feeling. Trust me, bc I’ve been there. I am there. But there are things we can do:
You can search for both your House and Senate representatives at the website CallMyCongress, which asks you to enter your zip code (or, optionally, your street address), then lists your House representative and your Senators, along with links to their voting record, full contact information, and party affiliation. One thing to keep in mind is to use your representatives local office number, rather than their Washington number, as you’re guaranteed to speak to a staffer (office hours only, though, and the lines may be busy, so keep calling) and that staffer will convey the messages to your rep.
Another important thing: calling matters and is considered one of the most effective ways to influence your representative. While you’re checking out that last link, consider using the site to call your representatives in the government. Not only does the volunteer site research a host of important issues, not only do they provide the local number for your rep, but they also provide a script for callers to follow (bc many people are uncertain how to express their thoughts). Here is an example script (what showed up for me when I clicked on ‘Stop DHS separating families at the US border’):
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from Altha.
I’m asking Rep. Neal P. Dunn to use Congress’ oversight authority to stop separating families at the U.S. border. This practice hurts innocent children and should be stopped immediately.
Thank you for your time and attention.
[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
You can also participate in the June 30 mobilization sponsored by Families Belong Together. Simply type in your zip code to find the nearest demonstration. The current administration has a great deal to answer for. The forced separation of migrant families, which has led to a great deal of suffering, is one of the most egregious acts undertaken by this administration. It is unconscionable and must end. Now.