Got these emails this a.m.
The Senate could vote as early as today about whether or not to send Central American refugee children back home to poverty, violence, and possibly death.
The Senate is fast tracking a vote on the immoral and deceptively named ‘HUMANE Act,’ which would deny refugee and humanitarian protection for suffering children and instead speed up deportations. Current law prevents the immediate deportation of Central American children who are threatened by violence and abuse in their home countries.1 The HUMANE Act would change that, endangering the children when they should be protected instead.
President Obama has expressed that he’s ready to sign the HUMANE Act as part of a nefarious bargain to get approval for a $3.7 billion emergency request to Congress to deal with the humanitarian crisis of tens of thousands unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. Spending $3.7 billion on increased border militarization, more detention facilities, and a media campaign to dissuade Central Americans from coming to the U.S. is not the way to respond to a humanitarian crisis. Putting children at greater risk is even worse.2
Children should not be used as a bargaining chip within an equally bad approach to the crisis at the border. Even former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who previously supported sending the children back, is now saying that changing the law that currently protects refugee children against immediate deportation would be wrong.3 [JBR note: if even that psycho notes that it's wrong, it must be *really* wrong]
Together, we’ve fought to influence the public debate so we can find humanitarian solutions to the crisis at the border. Most Americans now agree that the children are indeed refugees and should be given protected status.4 A... it’s our moral responsibility to treat the Central American refugee children with compassion by protecting them, not deporting them to their likely deaths!
Refugio, Arturo, Mariana, and the rest of the Presente.org Team
P.S. Can you donate $5 to support our work? We rely on contributions from people like you to see campaigns like this through.
1. This Bill Is Dubbed The HUMANE Act, But It Actually Hurts The Migrant Kids It Claims To Protect, Think Progress, July 17, 2014
2. The process Congress wants to use for child migrants is a disaster, Vox, July 15, 2014
3. Morning Plum: Hillary sharpens up stance on border crisis, The Washington Post, July 28, 2014
4. Most Americans See Unaccompanied Immigrant Kids As Refugees, Poll Says, The Huffington Post, July 29, 2014"
AND THIS ONE:
Dear beautiful people who contributed to Isabella's Defence Fund,
We are writing with some heartbreaking news.
A few minutes after midnight Isabella [JBR note: Acevedo, who worked for Mark Harper, a British govt minister, who paid her below minimum wage til he got busted for it - and who is again a member of the British govt] was taken by 2 guards - still wearing her nightclothes - to an airport. She is now on a flight to Colombia.
"My personal view is that that was done to frustrate efforts to assist her" http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jul/31/isabella-acevedo-ministers-former-cleaner-deported-colombia-mark-harper
"We told you we would get you. I was there the last time. I raided your house. We've got you now. You've nowhere to run.": http://www.politics.co.uk/blogs/2014/07/31/isabella-acevedo-taken-away
A brilliant public letter of support and resistance from the South American community: http://www.politics.co.uk/comment-analysis/2014/07/31/comment-if-mark-harper-wants-us-all-to-go-home-he-should-do
We would like you to know that this is just the beginning of the fight for Isabella. Isabella must be brought back to London to - to her daughter, to the life that she has built over 13 years.
Isabella's lawyer has experience of bringing people back to the UK after they have been deported. As the Home Office has broken a series of their own policies and laws, and not followed due process (including 'removing' her without notice) - he feels there is a strong case. So we fight on!
THANK YOU all for your beautiful, swift, generous support for Isabella. Just over £2000 was raised in a week after she was arrested at her daughter's wedding. Since the fund was started over £5000 have helped to keep Isabella and her daughter in shelter and with food.
We were able to give Isabella money when we visited her at Yarl's Wood last week - so she will at least have a little something when she arrives. We were also able to pay her lawyer - who is committed to doing all he can to bring Isabella back. Will update the Legal Fund website as soon as things are a little less hectic.
Thank you again!!! Will keep you posted on all.
With warmest wishes,
Deepa and Trenton"