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Please, everyone, the is soooo much confusion over #WhereAreTheChildren - several different stories were published in a short time, and it's hard to figure out exactly what's happening - who is responsible and what agencies/officials we need to target.
First - understand that our government is abusing children and their families. There are different ways this is happening, but most recent and egregious is the new trump policy (not law) is that all ASYLUM SEEKERS will be separated from their children, no exceptions.
Note that those who enter the US seeking asylum are FOLLOWING the law, not breaking it. See @allanbrauer's thread:
Then you have people who enter the country but are not claiming asylum - the "illegals." This population includes families with children, and unaccompanied children. This is a separate issue.
So pay attention to terms when you're reading. Lots of us are thinking all of the stories are about the same population, conflating the issues - this makes it easy to dismiss our arguments - and there are plenty of arguments that we can and should be making.
The marvelous thing about twitter is the number of people who are generous with their expertise - so accept their gift and let's educate ourselves so we can better activate for these kids!
First thread, from @jduffyrice. READ THE WHOLE THREAD before you start yelling at her - matter of fact, I'd encourage you to read the cruel and unmerited responses from people who didn't bother to understand. Don't be that person!
Second thread, from @JessLivMo (it references josie's thread as well). Again, READ THE WHOLE THREAD.
In summary: #WhereAreTheChidren is a complex issue with multiple *different* stories within it. If we are not willing to take the time to understand it in order to make our advocacy accurate, anything we say or do has the potential to harm, not help.
Please, let's listen and learn, so that we can do our very best for #WhereAreTheChidren!

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