We recently heard from our partners on the ground with Proyecto Dilley, formerly the Dilley Pro Bono Project, that ICE is forcing detained families to make an impossible choice: remain detained indefinitely along with their children during a pandemic, or release their children to a sponsor while the parents remain in detention, threatening widespread family separation.
We need your help to spread the word and put pressure on DHS to halt this practice. You can join the #Families4Families campaign led by our partners at Proyecto Dilley, Amnesty International, Families Belong Together, and RAICES today:
TAKE A FAMILY SELFIE
- Whether it’s just you or the whole family, take a selfie with these pre-made signs you can download & print at home in color [download] or in black & white [download] OR write your own message of support! Don’t forget to include the hashtag(s) #Families4Families (& #DontLookAway).
JOIN THE CONVERSATION
- Post the photo on your social media profiles and use #Families4Families and #DontLookAway in your posts.
SPREAD THE WORD ON SOCIAL MEDIA
SAMPLE TWEET 1
A choice to be separated from your child is no choice at all. We saw the traumatic effects of family separation in 2018 & we won’t allow for it to happen again. Not on our watch. We call on @DHS_Wolf to release families from detention. #Families4Families
SAMPLE TWEET 2
Keeping your child in detention or getting separated from them indefinitely—all during a pandemic—that’s a choice no parent should have to make.
My family stands w/those in immigrant detention forced to make this choice. We demand @DHS_Wolf release them NOW. #Families4Families
SAMPLE TWEET 3
ICE is taking advantage of the #COVID19 situation to try to separate families once again.
That’s why we’re calling on @DHS_Wolf & @DHSgov to stop Family Separation 2.0 from happening.
Not on our watch 🖐️ #Families4Families #DontLookAway
SAMPLE TWEET 4
#DontLookAway Family Separation 2.0 is underway. A choice to be separated from your child is no choice at all.
Our family calls on @DHS_Wolf to stop this cruelty and release migrant families from detention. Mothers, fathers and children alike. #Families4Families
SAMPLE TWEET 5
#DontLookAway 👀 Our gov’t cannot use #COVID19 as an excuse to separate children
No family should be forced to choose between family separation or indefinite detention during a pandemic. We demand @DHS_Wolf release these families. #Families4Families
The American Immigration Council warns non-citizens to guard against spoofing phone calls from ill-intended individuals seeking to create panic among our immigrant community. To learn more, please go to scam.immigrationcouncil.org.