Families Belong Together

Lobby Mike Coffman

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Your DGB for today is to save a little Colorado girl from deportation.

Four year old Angela Becerra is the adopted daughter of two US citizens: Amy Becerra, who works for the State of Colorado, and Marco Becerra, who works for the federal government. Angela was adopted in Peru in 2017, when the Becerras owned a home there, and her citizenship has been in limbo ever since. It took 13 months for her visa application to be approved and now her immigration case has been denied. Her visa expires on August 31st, at which point she will be at risk of deportation.

The family has visited Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO-6) and asked for help. Keep in mind that Coffman is a facing a tough reelection this November, which could potentially shape the way he handles this crisis. Today, you’ll contact his office and make sure he knows we won’t stand for any outcome other than this family unit staying legally and permanently intact.

https://coffman.house.gov/contact/

 

Help Reunite Children with their Families

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Your DGB for today is to donate to or volunteer for The Young Center, an organization working tirelessly to advocate for migrant children separated from their families. https://www.theyoungcenter.org/volunteer-at-the-young-center/

Today was the deadline for the Trump Administration to reunite children age five and under with their families. It’s missing the deadline. As of today, 105 “tender-age” children are still separated and between 1,425-1,720 total are still without their parents or family members. You can check out the breakdown of the numbers here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/07/09/the-children-separated-from-their-parents-by-the-numbers/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.00980fcf52e4

These children all need advocates and that’s where you come in. Volunteers with The Young Center will work as child advocates, accompanying the children to their court hearings, visiting with them, and helping the children think through difficult decisions, among other things. Sign up to volunteer through the link above. Not available to give your time? You can also donate or start a fundraising campaign.

The government that is supposed to protect these children is abusing them, and we have to step in and stand up for them. Do what you can to help today.

 

Find Your March

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Your DGB for today is to get ready to march to keep families together.

As you likely know by now, our government spent the last month separating children from their parents, siblings, and even loveys, at our southern border.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kids-toys-border_us_5b2a629ce4b05d6c16c99fd7

After weeks of claiming that they were helpless to stop the self-imposed humanitarian crisis, Trump signed an executive order yesterday that ended the policy. What the order didn’t do, however, was dictate how to handle the more than 2,300 children already taken from their parents. No one is sure when, how, or even IF these kids, now spread in shelters across the country, will be reunited with their parents.

Find your local Families Belong Together march here:

https://act.moveon.org/event/families-belong-together_attend1/search/

And take to the streets on June 30th.