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Families Belong Together Rally

On June 30, people across the United States are standing up and demanding that the Trump administration end the cruel policies against immigrants and their families.

The Trump Administration is breaking up families. It’s happening at our borders, at churches, schools, and workplaces. Toddlers are being ripped from their mother’s arms as they seek protection at the border. An overburdened system is now being bombarded as hundreds more children are sent to custody for no good reason. Mothers and fathers who have lived in the country for decades are being forced to decide whether they should leave their American children behind in the care of others for a secure and brighter future or take them with them to face a possible death sentence in a country now foreign to them. Kids are having to grow up fast as their mothers and fathers are forcibly taken away by ICE. It’s an American crisis happening right in front us where children - from the toddlers at the border to Dreamers losing DACA and American-born children of immigrant parents - have become the victims in Trump’s America.

It’s not just happening at the border. Trump is breaking up families in our neighborhoods. Immigrant parents and caregivers who have lived in the country for decades and have U.S. citizen children are being forcibly taken away, leaving a trail of countless American children without their mothers and fathers.

The problem isn’t an immigrant mother taking her children to school, paying taxes, going to church and working hours at a minimum wage job. The problem is a Trump Administration targeting immigrants like her when there is no process in place for undocumented immigrants to apply for legal status.

For every termination of TPS for immigrant parents, the Trump Administration is ripping families apart. Parents with TPS have been able to live and work legally, and raise their U.S. born children in our neighborhoods. And now, Trump is forcing these parents to return to violent or extremely poor countries. They must decide whether to leave behind their children in the care of others for a secure and bright future or take them to a possible death sentence.

No American father or mother would stand for their right to care for children to be stripped away. The Trump Administration is jeopardizing this right by taking away the legal status of immigrant parents and forcing them to leave behind their families, their communities, and the country they proudly call home.

Dreamers are part of the American family. They go to school in our neighborhoods, they work alongside us, they pray in our same churches, and they have American born siblings and children. Forcing these young immigrants to leave behind their families and dreams is heartless and wrong.

At the core of who we are as Americans is our love of country and family. From the border to our neighborhoods, we must not only ask “where are the children” but how we as nation stand up against a government forcibly breaking up families.

We are calling for three actions:

1. Family reunification. Families divided by the "zero tolerance" policy of the Trump administration and the cruel ICE raids across Ohio have divided families. We call upon the Trump administration and Congress to reunify all of these families humanely and immediately.

2. Defund ICE.

3. Pass legislation creating an immigration system that values human dignity.

Please create posters and communications reflecting these three demands for this rally.

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