7/9 in #DC: Immigrant Children, Youth & Parents Tell Their Stories of Family Separations
in cooperation with Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Rush Holt
invite you to a conversation with immigrant families
“Since My Mother Left”:
Immigrant Children, Youth and Parents Tell Their Stories of Family Separations and Share Dreams of a Better Tomorrow
Kennedy Room, 325 Russell Senate Office Building,
Wednesday July 9th, 2014
11:45 am – 12:45pm
**Light refreshments will be served**
The United States promotes family values, yet these ideals are undermined in the current immigration enforcement system that leaves children without the loving care of their parents. In FY12 over 470,000 immigrants were removed from their families and communities and funneled into the detention and deportation pipeline. Deportations without due process and policies such as the “bed quota”–which makes ICE’s funding contigent on requirement to maintain 34,000 immigrant detention beds each day–contribute to the record-breaking number of families that are torn apart.
- According to US Customs and Immigration Enforcement, over 200,000 parents of U.S. citizen children were deported during 2010-2012, leaving tens of thousands of children without at least one of their parents.
- Every day more than 1,000 immigrants are deported, pulled from their families and communities.
- Nearly 60% of detention beds are operated by private prison companies that profit from the incarceration of immigrants.
On July 9th, immigrant children and families, who have traveled from New Jersey to Washington, DC, will share how current immigration policies impact their lives and what policies will help them fully realize their dreams.
- Jamil Sunsan – a 12 year-old U.S. citizen whose parents & sister were deported to Honduras
- Kady Cisse – a 23 year- old U.S. citizen whose mother was deported to Cote D’Ivoire in 2003
- Javier Hernandez – a 17 year-old whose father was deported on June 5, 2014
Make sure your members of Congress hear their voices. Contact your representatives today—ask them to be there to listen on July 9.