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CONTACT: Alex Sánchez 213-793-1050, [email protected]; Esther Portillo 347-585-7462,[email protected]
Central Americans and Allies call on President Obama to Rescind his call to Fastrack-Deportation of Minors and to Divert $2 billion away from Militarizing the Border
In response to the current humanitarian crisis evidenced by the unprecedented number of Central American child migrants seeking refuge in the United States,Southern California based organizations will protest President Obama's harmful policies towards refugee children on Monday, July 7 at 12:30pm at the Downtown Los Angeles Federal Building. This week the Obama Administration announced it will ask Congress for $2 billion in new funds to further escalate its border-control policies. The administration’s plan is to fast-track the detention and deportation of these children by jointly demanding “additional authority to exercise discretion,” thereby undoing the Bush-era laws delaying child deportation proceedings. Meanwhile the U.S. government maintains the majority of these children in deplorable detention conditions at the border.
As vastly documented, the current “surge” of child migrants is a direct result of U.S. foreign and neoliberal policies in Central America. Implemented over decades, these policies have led to a dearth of opportunities for upward mobility, debilitated national economies, failed government structures, and an escalated drug-war fueled by drug consumption in the U.S. Children in Central America experience this most directly as increased social violence.
As U.S. citizens, residents, concerned civilians, organizations, community, legal experts, and families of the detained and deported, we have a moral and legal responsibility to demand that the United States government halt traumatizing and further damaging the already scarred lives of these child migrants. We demand that the children be reunited with their families, that deportations stop, and that we take humanitarian –rather than ruthless– steps towards solving this humanitarian crisis.
WHO: Human Rights Alliance for Child Refugees and Families includes local organizations, families, and legal experts concerned with the treatment and rights of Central American child migrants
WHERE: Downtown LA Federal Building
WHAT: PROTEST/RALLY/PRESS CONFERENCE IN SUPPORT OF CHILD REFUGEES
Visuals: Banners, bull horns, chants
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