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Immigrant Family Unity Forum

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Immigrant Family Unity: Forums Coming to Five U.S. Cities

#TogetherForFamilies

Latinx migrant communities have been fighting our families for generations, both in the United States and in our countries of origin. That’s why we led the call for family unity in protest of the U.S. government’s horrific actions on the border this summer.
But the fight for family unity is far from over: Hundreds of children remain separated from their parents. Families continue to flee violence, corruption and poverty.  Aggressive deportation takes parents away from children every single day. And 276,000 more US-born children are at risk of losing their parents when Temporary Protected Status (TPS) programs end next year.
Now is the time to come together—as families,  immigrants, and citizens of the Americas—to ensure that not one more family experiences the pain and trauma we witnessed this summer.

Join a Immigrant Family Unity Forum

 

Why Forums/Why now?

The US government’s recent actions—ripping babies from their parents’ arms, caging toddlers, and detaining families in for-profit jails—mark a heartbreaking new low in a decades-long downward spiral of US migration policy.
Yet these actions, however horrific, are not without precedent. From the seizure of Puerto Rico as colonial war booty in 1898 to Banana Wars of the 1930s, from the toppling of Caribbean and Central American democracies in the 1960s and 1980s to the Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act of the 1990s, and the recent cancellation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) programs for Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras, the United States has had a heavy hand in simultaneously creating the horrific conditions from which Latin American migrants are fleeing and criminalizing the Latin American migrants who have sought refuge in the United States.
Today’s crisis on the border extends well past the border. Yet the well-intentioned responses to our contemporary challenges fail to capture the deeply historic and transnational dimensions of the challenge at hand. While there is no silver bullet to tackling a situation as complex as the one facing Latin American migrants, work towards a solution must be grounded in a solid analysis of how we got where we are.  A next step is to identify concrete actions that each of us can take, to move the needle toward a better outcome for all families and communities.

Content/Agenda

The Forums will explore a series of questions that we are being asked every day?

1. Why are we seeing families in such dire circumstances on the border?

2. What is the role of the United States in Central America over the past decades and more recently?

3. What is happening in US immigration and migration policy that separates kids from parents (and is likely to separate many more)?

4. What are some common threads that link US immigration and migration policy towards Central and South America to policies which affect Latinx of Caribbean origin?

5. What can I do (as a citizen, a neighbor, a teacher, an employer) to make sure no more children experience the trauma we have all witnessed on the border?

Can’t join us in person? You can still support Latinx migrant families across the Americas.