A Message to LULAC Brothers & Sisters

Washington, D.C. - Washington, D.C. - Today, a historic moment is taking place in Washington, DC where one of the largest and more powerful coalitions of Black and Latino leaders is uniting on behalf of the thousands of migrant children separated from their families along our Southern Border and now being held in detention centers against their will.

This is a very personal story to me because 30-years ago, one of these migrant mothers was my own Mom and my brother, David and I, were at her side when we arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border. My brother was two, I was one and she has told us of the fear she felt that la migra might separate us. Luckily, they did not. Today, all that has changed.

As LULAC members, we are now witnessing one of the most shameful travesties of our time. However, we have the privilege and the duty to speak out within our families, our communities and with elected officials and other influencers who will listen. Today marks the beginning of a more intense outreach and awareness campaign to wake up all Americans outraged by the separation of families.

Share with everyone you can contact:

  • 2,000 children have been taken away from their parents from April 19 to May 31 alone as a result of this Administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy.
  • This policy violates multiple internationally recognized human rights, and creates deep emotional harm and trauma to the parents and to the children.
  • No law exists that says we have to separate families at the border. No law says that we have to have zero tolerance for people who are fleeing violence and death.

This is our call to action: We need your help to keep families united! Contact your representatives. Text ‘UNITED’ to 52886 to send a message to your Member of Congress today. As LULAC members, we must take the lead and the moment to do so is now! In every community where LULAC is present we must not allow life to continue like nothing is happening. To do so would deny the mothers and children fleeing violence, of their own humanity.

Today, as LULAC stands on the front line with the largest and most visible grassroots civil rights organizations in America, I urge you to reach out to everyone you can, including local media and demand that we reunite the children with their families. Let them know we will not stop until this is achieved.

*Please reach out to LULAC National to post your mobilization event on our website calendar.

To view the press conference live today at 11:00 am EST, click HERE

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The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with over 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org

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