Take Action to Reunite Families and Ensure No Future Separations

After a bipartisan, nationwide outcry, the President has just signed an executive order maintaining the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy toward asylum-seekers and immigrants but – in a welcome move – ceasing the practice of separating children from their families. As more details emerge, join AJC in an immediate call to action to support legislation in the U.S. Senate that would reunite the more than 2,000 children already taken from their parents at the border and cement protections against future separations.

Urge your U.S. senators to support the HELP Separated Children Act and the Keep Families Together Act, both of which will help reunite children taken from their parents and prohibit future removals.

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Take Action to Reunite Families and Ensure No Future Separations
Dear (recipient name),

As your constituent, I urge you to support legislation to counter the “zero tolerance” policy toward asylum seekers and immigrants that has resulted in anyone crossing the border being prosecuted.

This policy resulted in more than 2,000 children being separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border in recent weeks. After a bipartisan, nationwide outcry, the President signed an executive order maintaining the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy toward asylum-seekers and immigrants but – in a welcome move – ceasing the practice of separating children from their families.

The HELP Separated Children Act and the Keep Families Together Act would help reunite the more than 2,000 children already taken from their parents at the border and cement protections against future separations.

The Keep Families Together Act, introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, would prohibit children from being separated from their parents on or near the U.S. border except for instances of abuse, neglect or other specific circumstances. The bill asserts that detention is not in the best interests of families and children and establishes a presumption favoring family and sibling unity and parental rights.

The HELP Separated Children Act, introduced by Sen. Tina Smith, allows detained parents to arrange for their children to be cared for by another family member or caregiver while they are detained, and permits detained parents to participate in the family court system. It also ensures that parents and children can visit and maintain contact with each other while the parent is detained.

The “zero tolerance” policy currently in effect – even without the unconscionable provision separating children from their parents – goes against the values our nation holds dear. Thank you for your consideration of these two bills to cement family protections and uphold longstanding American values.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]