SABA Houston Condemns Policy Encouraging Family Separation
(Houston, TX 6/20/2018) – Immigrant families are being separated due to the current administration’s heinous policy of prosecuting all border-crossing offenses criminally, regardless of whether adults cross alone or with their children. As part of the zero-tolerance policy, families are intentionally separated in a claimed effort to deter border crossings.
These families and children are fleeing their home communities to escape dire social, political and socio-economic conditions, hoping to find a haven in the safe confines of our great nation.
SABA Houston is deeply concerned about the treatment and well-being of children who are in the custody and care of the United States government while seeking refuge and asylum within American borders.
The very fabric of the United States is woven by our rich 250-year immigrant history, especially in Houston, one of the most diverse communities and home to 1.4 million immigrants. Coupled with our proximity to the border, Houstonians are unique in our familiarity with immigrant communities and our passion for helping others.
Regardless of our individual political affiliations, the sanctity of the bond between a parent and child is undeniable, and the inherent deplority of this policy must be recognized. It is incumbent upon the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of State, Department of Education, and other federal agencies to end the zero-tolerance policy and uphold our legal and moral obligations.
SABA Houston encourages members to donate to organizations like the ACLU, volunteer with groups like the Texas Civil Rights Project, or simply pick up the phone and contact your congressional leaders.