Reject Policy of Separating Parents & Children At The Border
The Department of Homeland Security is considering a proposal that would separate parents from their children at the Mexican border as a way to “deter” border crossings. Instead of keeping families fleeing from violence and hardship together as their cases are considered, this policy would place parents in detention and children in protective custody. If implemented, the policy could impact tens of thousands of families and cause lasting trauma to these children.
Here’s how you can take action to ensure that parents and children are kept together at the Mexican border:
Call your elected officials (read on to learn how)
Calling your elected officials can seem intimidating, but it’s actually a lot easier than you think! Calling puts the pressure on your representative to act in real time. At the end of the day a representative’s calls are counted up and can be used to influence their vote on an issue. Why? Because representatives know that if they don’t act on the concerns of their constituents, it could impact their ability to get reelected. Calling your representatives may not seem like that a big deal, but flooding the phone lines with your concerns is critical to how a democracy works.
Who are my senators?
In New York State, your senators are
- U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer: 212-486-4430 | 202-224-6542
- U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: 212-688-6262 | 202-224-4451
What happens when you call?
Most likely an intern or receptionist will answer the phone.
You can then say the following script:
Hi, my name is ____________ and I’m a constituent in [your zip code]. I do not need a *response. I’m calling because I do not support the policy that the Department of Homeland Security is considering that would tear parents and their children apart at the border. This policy would be an inhumane violation of human rights, especially for people desperately fleeing violence and hardship. I strongly encourage my representative to vote against any upcoming bills that would come as a result of this new potential policy. [If the issue has directly impacted you or those you know, now would be a good time to share a little bit about that.] Thank you for your hard work!
THAT’S IT! YOU DID IT! Thank you for acting NOW!
*If you do want a response the person on the phone will take down your contact information and enter you into the response database.