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Jun 16, 2018 14 tweets 8 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
I'm on another plane (this time to the border) - another thread on things you can do to help #EndFamilySeparation and #KeepFamiliesTogether, updates 1/
One opportunity to help is to volunteer w/ @TXCivilRights - they are in need of Spanish, Mam, Q’eqchi’ or K’iche’ and have paralegal or legal assistant experience to help w/ their legal intake process in McAllen, TX - here is the volunteer form:…
TCRP is also in need of full time volunteers to help lead a parallel process of intake efforts in Brownsville, Laredo, El Paso, and Alpine, Texas. They can help you with training and capacity to organize legal intake in these cities. Here is the form:… 3/
If you are in California, @AlOtroLado_Org is in need of volunteers they need immigration attorneys, paralegals, doctors, nurses, EMTs, social workers, mental health professionals, art therapists, & nice people who want to help out! Here's the vol form:…
If you are in Pennsylvania, @aldea_pjc needs volunteer interpreters, vol attorneys/legal assistants, on the ground advocates for help at the Burkes Family Detention center. Here is their vol form: 5/
In Arizona? @FlorenceProject seeks volunteers as a pro bono attorney, an interpreter, researcher, medical professional, expert witness, or to offer administrative assistance. You can e-mail for volunteer opportunities & donate here:… 6/
Want to help, but can't travel? My friend @natimontelongo has pulled together this Amazon list of specific things that the Sacred Heart Respite Center is in need of for families seeking asylum. I can confirm this is real & going to the right place:… 7/
In Texas & want to be in community? Come to @DomesticWorkers Father's Day Vigil tomorrow in McAllen, here is the Facebook event link:… 8/
In Washington State? @NWIRP has a volunteer form for translators & interpreters & has offices in Granger, Seattle, Tacoma or Wenatchee, over 200 of the parents have been transferred here -… 9/
In the El Paso area? @RepBetoORourke is holding a March to Tornillo - where the tent city for children was built tomorrow. Here is the sign up link & details for this march:… #FamiliesBelongTogether 10/
An update on @SenFeinstein's Keep Families Together Act - below find the current cosponsors. Don't see your two Senators on there? Call them: (202) 224-3121 #KeepFamiliesTogether 11/
In Chicago? Flexible volunteering, M-F, at immigration court to provide presence & watch the process & more opportunities w/ the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants - form here: 12/
In Southern California? Go to this rally on the 23rd w/ @PuebloSF…
I've been at the border in McAllen Texas for a couple hours & have already learned so much from @LUPE_rgv - they need so much help to meet the pro bono immigration legal services need of this region, please consider a donation: #FamiliesBelongTogether

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Sep 6, 2018
Scanning through Flores reg - will highlight pieces in this thread below. PG 2: "Most prominently, the rule would create an alternative to the existing licensed program requirement for family residential centers, so that ICE may use appropriate facilities to detain family units"
This part is basically them arguing that they need a licensing workaround to be able to build more jails that house moms and kids. You know, like the ones where that 3 year old recently died after leaving the conditions there. #FamiliesBelongTogether
Just highlighting this "her" here, as a reminder that our DHS Sec is @SecNielsen and she is seeking to build more prisons for kids and still hasn't been held accountable for ripping children from their parents in the first place. #FamiliesBelongTogether
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Aug 24, 2018
Important thread below about a horrific human rights tragedy happening that no one is paying attention about, PLEASE PLEASE read through it: 👇🏽#ForBlackMauritanians
Mauritanians fled to the United States in the 90’s 00’s seeking asylum. Many were granted the ability to lawfully stay here due to the live-endangering risk of return, but many others missed the 1 year deadline due to not understanding our legal system, getting bad advice, etc 2/
Because things are so bad for black Mauritanians and it would be dangerous to send them back, ICE put those without status under orders of supervision to stay here but check in with the govt regularly. Well, now we have a new ICE with new rules 3/
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Aug 15, 2018
DACA litigation update thread - it's not really news, but helps give continued context, so DOJ just filed in the DC litigation. As a reminder, the DC litigation is the one that a couple weeks ago went above & beyond the 9th & 2nd Circuit injunctions & told the govt. to....1/
not only keep renewals going, but to restart the ability for NEW DACA applications to be filed. This would be like teenagers who are 15 and wanting to get work authorization, driver's licenses, etc. Anyway - this was a big victory led by Microsoft, Princeton, NAACP, etc. 2/
plane wifi sucks, I may be another 20 min on the rest of this sorry lol.....but basically the govt. argues that they'll have harm by having to manage mailboxes and that would be against the public interest. I generally think teenagers raised in America not having access to 3/
Read 9 tweets
Jul 11, 2018
Some of the logistics involved in helping a reunited family upon reunification:

The place of reunification (of the ones that happened yesterday) is based on wherever the govt sent the child when they took the child from that parent at the Southern border (anywhere in US)

Remember when we said kids were being sent everywhere without their parents, well they were. So now that they are under the government's oversight as they pursue their asylum claims, where they are reunified is not where this family likely ends up. 2/
So once someone is reunited, it's kinda like we don't care where we put you in jail or took your child to this is where you end up while you pursue your claims. Go forth & figure it out. It's the NGO community that is doing what it can to be supportive after that moment 3/
Read 5 tweets
Jul 9, 2018
When the govt starts to pat itself on the back for reuniting small babies on Tuesday please remember the following:

1. The only reason they’re doing this is because the litigators at the ACLU got a court order mandating it.


2. They’ve openly admitted to not being able to fully account for where the parents of the 4&under kids. And so they’ll only be helping an estimate 50% of those 2/
3. As in they’ve likely deported parents of nonverbal infants who ya know can’t say their names to caseworkers n such 3/
Read 4 tweets
Jul 2, 2018
Call/email these people & ask them to stop this:

County Judge — Hon. Aurelio "Keter" Guerra
Office (956) 689-3393

County Commissioner Precinct 1 — Hon. Eliberto "Beto" Guerra Office (956) 689-4214
County Commissioner Precinct 2 — Hon. Oscar Deluna
Office (956) 689-4214

County Commissioner Precinct 3 — Hon. Henry De La Paz
Office (956) 689-4214
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