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This is about the fabric of who we are. If we do not stop this criminal practice, everything else, education, healthcare, the economy, taxes, none of it has any significance. A lawless, criminal state is allowing human rights abuses. This must stop.

Families Belong Together

Join an emergency mobilization at a local event near you this Tuesday, July 2nd to demand Congress close the camps.

NEW revelations of ABHORRENT and willfully neglectful treatment of infants and children have just been revealed in a court filing.

Sick babies are languishing untreated for days in extreme cold temperatures, with guards refusing parents’ requests to see a doctor and told to “just deal with it.”1

Toddlers are wearing soiled clothes or stripping down because all their clothes, diapers, and baby formula are taken when parents arrive — and no new clothes are provided.2

MoveOn, United We Dream, and the American Friends Service Committee have joined us to organize dozens of groups for an emergency mobilization at noon this Tuesday, July 2nd outside local Congressional offices to demand Congress CLOSE THE CAMPS.

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The revelations in the court filing come from interviews conducted by attorneys who accessed the camps.

These are the children’s own words:

  • ‘The day after we arrived here, my baby began vomiting and having diarrhea. I asked to see a doctor and they did not take us. I asked again the next day and the guard said “She doesn’t have the face of a sick baby. She doesn’t need to see a doctor.” My baby daughter has not had medicine since we first arrived. She has a very bad cough, fever and continues to vomit and have diarrhea.’ (Age 16, female).2
  • ‘I started taking care of [Name Redacted] (age 5) in the Ice Box after they separated her from her father. I did not know either of them before that. She was very upset. The workers did nothing to try to comfort her. I tried to comfort her and she has been with me ever since.’ (Age 15, female).2
  • ‘Three days ago my baby soiled his clothes. I had no place to wash the clothes so I could not put them back on my baby because when he went to the bathroom his poop came out of his diaper and all over his clothing. Since then, my baby of only three months has only been wearing a small little jacket made of t-shirt material. I have nothing else for my son to wear’ (Age 17, female).2

We must do EVERYTHING WE CAN TO END THIS ABUSE. Please — join us this Tuesday and let’s close the camps:

FIND THE CLOSEST EVENT TO YOU AND TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO ATTEND.

See you there,

Jess Morales Rocketto, Chairwoman
Families Belong Together

[ 1 ] Cold, cramped, filthy: Migrants describe border centers – Associated Press

[ 2 ] Motion seeks to end health and safety crisis for detained migrant children – National Center for Youth Law

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Wednesday marked one year since the United States District Court in the Southern District of California ordered ICE and the U.S. government to reunite an asylum-seeking mother and her seven-year-old daughter — which they did, after months of waiting.

Meanwhile, hundreds of families are still waiting to be reunited, and more are being separated and sent to isolated detention centers. In the past few weeks, we’ve seen reports about CBP forcing children to take care of toddlers in holding cells, and DOJ lawyers actually trying to argue that the Trump administration doesn’t have an obligation to provide detained children with items as basic as blankets, toothbrushes, or soap.

Please make a donation to support the organizations working to protect children and families at the border.

Together, we’ve raised more than $700,000 this week that will help get basic resources, legal aid, and advocates to children at the border, among other things — with our help, Families Belong Together has been able to cover the costs of flights for families finally being reunited and secure safe housing for vulnerable immigrants. Thank you for making that possible. It’s critical that we provide a counter-point to the unconscionable things being done to refugee and immigrant families in our names.

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Thank you,

Hillary

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If you are wondering where Hillary is, she is in Ireland today.

Former US First Lady Hillary Clinton to visit Barretstown today

Private event

KildareNow reporter

KildareNow reporter

26 Jun 2019

Former US First Lady Hillary Clinton to visit Barretstown today

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton will visit Barretstown in Ballymore Eustace this afternoon, it has been confirmed.

The former US Senator, Secretary of State, First Lady and Democratic presidential candidate will be at the camp for a private event.

Barretstown is a not for profit camp for children with cancer and other serious illnesses, and was founded in 1994 by Hollywood actor Paul Newman.

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There are amazing groups at the border and beyond doing critical work to defend the rights of immigrant and refugee children. If you can, please chip in to support a few of them today. 

Some of the toughest and most rewarding conversations I’ve had over the last several years have been with children who had immigrated to the United States with their parents. They’ve told me about the harrowing journeys they had undertaken, the sacrifices their families had made, and their hopes and fears about their lives here. Over and over again, I’ve been struck by their bravery and their vulnerability.

I have thought of these children as this administration has instituted cruel and divisive policies meant to make finding refuge in the United States more difficult than ever before, and I’ve been heartbroken and horrified to read the news of children at the border being detained in appalling conditions. While it’s hard to process that our country is committing such abuses — and against children — in our name, it’s important that we not stop at outrage or heartbreak.

Last summer, we asked you to contribute to groups doing work to reunify and protect families at the border — and together, we raised more than $1.5 million to provide affected families with supplies, legal aid, travel funds, and more. That work continues, and is just as critical, one year later. Today, I’m asking you to make a contribution that will be split across 11 organizations working toward immediate justice for immigrant families:
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Thank you,

Hillary

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Last Thursday, Hillary took in the Tony Award winning production of Hadestown.

Hillary Clinton Visits "Hadestown" On Broadway : News Photo

Hillary Clinton Visits "Hadestown" On Broadway : News Photo

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Earlier this month, I went to a reunion at Wellesley College, my alma mater, where I celebrated alongside my classmates and considered how far we’ve come in fifty years. So many of the things we take for granted these days would have seemed far-fetched back then, and yet, we believed that progress was possible and that we could see it made real.

Our Onward Together partner organizations have been at the forefront of the fight for that progress these last few years. They’re recruiting and training hundreds of diverse candidates for office, mobilizing voters who may not otherwise feel engaged in the political process, fighting back against the administration’s attacks on civil rights and access to the polls, and more. They’re organizing domestic workers, communities of color, young activists, and even campaign staffers. They are the future.

Today, I’m proud to announce the winners of our first-ever Onward Together grant contest: Color of Change PAC took first place, while Demand Justice, Run for Something, and Voto Latino will also receive prizes as runners-up. As always, your support makes it possible for us to fund these organizations that have been such bright spots recently, and I’m grateful to you for that.

Onward!

Hillary

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