Thursday, October 11 - Stand Up for Immigrant Families / Protect Immigrant Children / End Cash Bail
Actions You Can Take Today
Action 1: Submit a public comment against the Trump administration’s proposed “public charge” regulation—the latest attack on immigrant families
Action 3: Rally to demand an end to cash bail on Tuesday, October 30 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Cook County Criminal Courthouse (2650 S. California Avenue)
Action 1: Protect Immigrant Rights to Legal Benefits
The Trump administration has officially proposed a new regulation that would block immigrant families from having a permanent, secure future in the United States. Under the new regulation, immigrants who legally access to basic health supports, safe housing, and healthy food programs could be denied admission to the country or refused a green card. The proposed rule also makes clear that earning low wages, having children, or dealing with a medical condition could be held against immigrants seeking a permanent future in the United States.
This is the latest inhumane attack on the health and wellbeing of so many families and communities across the country. But together, we can stop this.
Under federal law, the Trump administration is required to read and respond to every unique comment before it can finalize its harmful regulation.
Action via National Immigration Law Center
Action 2: Maintain Protections for Immigrant Children
The Flores Settlement Agreement limits the detention of immigrant children to 20 days and establishes basic protections, such as requirements for sanitation, living conditions, and adequate food/water for those immigrant children in detention.
The Department of Homeland Security is proposing new regulations that would replace and undermine the intentions and safeguards of the Flores Settlement Agreement. These proposed regulations would put children at greater risk because of prolonged detentions, longer family separations, and decreased protections.
On Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and other experts reiterated the permanent and harmful effects of family separations, with AAP president Dr. Colleen Kraft saying, "science tells us this is actually child abuse.”
Sample comment: I urge you to defend and implement in full the Flores Settlement Agreement. The 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement protects children and ensures that they are safe and treated humanely while in detention. It requires them to be held in the least restrictive setting possible and sets a preference for family unity. The Flores Settlement Agreement limits the time a child can be detained to 20 days.
The regulation currently being proposed would be harmful to immigrant children and families seeking refuge in the United States. Detention for any length of time is inhumane and unsafe for children. The American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that even short periods of detention can lead to increased stress, developmental delay, and psychological trauma. Longer detentions and weakened protections would be devastating. Detention is no place for children.
Action and comment script via League of Women Voters Illinois
Action 3: Rally to End Cash Bail on 10/30
On October 30, Chicagoans will push to transform the racist criminal justice system from one based on over-policing and mass incarceration to one based on restorative justice and reinvestment in communities of color.
We will call on the judges at Cook County Central Bond Court to stop locking people up for being Black and poor and urge divestment of funds from prison systems into jobs, schools, and public services in communities of color.
When: Tuesday, October 30 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Cook County Criminal Courthouse (2650 S. California Avenue)
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Action via Black Lives Matter Chicago