Trump's zero tolerance policy has stripped innocent children from their families.
These children have been placed into inhumane shelters caged like animals with a meal that barely holds them through their night, where it's likely they're sleeping among 20 others. As early as age five, they are left terrified of the unknown. Not knowing when or if they'll see their jailed loved ones again or their next destination of where they'll lay their head.
The strict policy was implemented in May as a tactic to cut down on illegal crossings at the Mexico border. Trump has now reversed the policy, but the damage and cruelty has already been done. According to the Associated Press, over 2,300 children were taken away from their families and sent to "tender age" shelters.Two of the many questions we're left with now is: Where are the families of these children? And, what will be the future for immigrant families now under Trump and his administration? The unanswered questions have left many heartbroken and outraged and an outpour of celebrities are speaking out against the family separations.
Ava DuVernay tweeted:
I look at myself as a girl and imagine having to travel unsafely in a quest for safety. Be forcibly separated from… https://t.co/oLF8rJ8eh5— Ava DuVernay (@Ava DuVernay)1529456376.0
Her tweet led to many sharing their own stories as children of immigrants.
@ava My mother moved from Jakarta to the US to go to college when she was just 18. Her bravery is the reason I get… https://t.co/rfzhN3N0qv— Rebecca Ford (@Rebecca Ford)1529468275.0
Every living First Lady has spoken of their state of frustration over the policy including First Lady Michelle Obama.
Sometimes truth transcends party. https://t.co/TeFM7NmNzU— Michelle Obama (@Michelle Obama)1529344072.0
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen have even donated $288,000 to American Civil Liberties Union.
And while you might not have the resources or the platforms of some of the aforementioned public figures, you still have power and there are ways to play your own role in helping these children be reunited with their families.
Organizations such as ACLU and the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) need our help. You may not be able to give a donation like John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, but your $5 makes as much as a difference to help.
You may not be able to help financially, but simply sharing fundraisers on social media continues spreading the word and raises awareness for these organizations seeking to help these displaced families.
Give Your Representatives A Call
Real change occurs when you fight for your voice to be heard. Follow the steps here of how to get in contact with representatives to your state to let it be known that you disagree with the approach in place. Conversely, you can also use this bot to assist you in writing your letter to your respective elected official.
Another way of spreading the word is through protests. The ACLU, National Domestic Workers Alliance, MoveOn, the Women's March, and more organizations are coming together for a protest in D.C. on June 30. If you're unable to attend, you can find a protests in your local area here.
Let's come together and raise our voices for the voiceless.
*Featured image by AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez