By Susan Dreyfus, president and CEO of the Alliance
As you know, our strategic action network has been speaking out against the zero-tolerance immigration policy and its impact on children and families. I wanted to share two items that represent the tremendous reach and impact of our network on this important issue.
The first is an Associated Press article that ran nationally in The Washington Post, The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, and hundreds of print and online outlets. It references the statement the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities issued in partnership with 13 human services sector CEOs about the need to end the family separation policy.
The second is a commentary published in The Houston Chronicle in partnership with Alliance member BakerRipley in Houston, which highlights the questions that still remain despite the administration’s signing of an executive order to end family separations.
In the piece, co-authored by Claudia Aguirre and me, we note, "We cannot emphasize enough the damage that has been done already and is being done to these children. Traumatic separation from families can have a profound and lasting impact on a child’s health , both physical and behavioral, over their lifetime. We urge the administration to immediately release separated parents and children and reunify them. Children who are detained with their parents should have access to a safe environment appropriate for families, including age-appropriate education, trauma-informed mental health and family-based legal and immigration counseling."
The Alliance will continue to speak out on this issue and keep members up to date with news and opportunities for action. Contact your members of Congress and sign up for the weekly Alliance Policy Radar online to stay in the know.