I wrote a letter to my republican state senator: Support S3036 Keeping Families Together Act

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State Senator Flake:

I ask that you become one of the first Republican senators to support the S3036 Keeping Families Together Act.

There is still no legitimate Republican support to stop ICE from acting out the policy of separating immigrant families, which was set by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in April and May of this year. Our Commander in Chief has denied responsibility and accountability, despite a global knowledge to the contrary. On June 15th of 2018, the President of the United States explained via news interviews and Twitter that his decision to stop this abuse will be contingent upon receiving billions of dollars funding to build a wall along our border. This is not a random development: Donald Trump is holding human beings, children who are fleeing violence, as hostages.

Due to these hostile negotiating tactics, S3036 needs as much support as possible from Republican Senators like you. This situation has ceased to be an immigration issue: The American government has violated the basic human rights of these people. Mr. Session's "zero tolerance" policy is condemned by the United Nations, and Amnesty International has referred to it as "Nothing short of torture." According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 5 states that human beings are entitled to "Freedom from torture and degrading treatment".

Senator Flake, I have a seven year old daughter, and am pregnant with my son. I can tell you this is true: I would flee gang wars and starvation to save them, even if it were illegal. I cannot imagine the pain and torture of having our family ripped apart because I had to do so. This is a call to action: please help our country stop torturing small children and refugees. Anything less than immediate and decisive action aids in the oppression of the innocent.

Thank you for your time.

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The Trump administration has reached a new low. After having nothing but praise for Kim Jong Un, the leader of the most despotic government on Earth, Trump has now initiated policies in our own country that are unprecedented in their cruelty.

Like you, I have watched with horror and disgust the countless stories and images of children being ripped away from their parents and stuck in cages for days, weeks and months without any contact or information about their well-being. I have read about parents being sent back to their home country without their children, and even stories about parents so distraught about the separation that they have ended their own lives.

As former First Lady Laura Bush stated; "Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso. These images are eerily reminiscent of the internment camps for U.S. citizens and noncitizens of Japanese descent during World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history."

The Trump administration policy of separating children from their parents at our border is a national disgrace. It is a moral abomination. And it can be stopped.

Like every member of the Senate Democratic Caucus, I have added my name as a co-sponsor of the Keep Families Together Act – legislation that would stop this detestable policy. Unfortunately, not one Republican senator has yet signed on. I need you to make your voice heard if we are going to change that:

Add Your Name – Tell the Congress to pass the Keep Families Together Act and we can put an end to Trump’s policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S. / Mexico border.

More than any other country in the history of the modern world, the United States has been shaped in its identity and character by the process of immigration and the contributions of those immigrants.

I am proud to be the son of an immigrant.

My father came to this country from Poland without a nickel in his pocket.

And as a nation built by immigrants, we must strive for humane immigration policies that unify families, not tear them apart.

The Trump administration’s policy of separating children, including infants as young as one year old, from their parents at the border is inhumane, cruel and an affront to our values as Americans.

Tell Congress to act to stop it, today:

Add Your Name – Tell the Congress to pass the Keep Families Together Act and we can put an end to Trump’s policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S. / Mexico border.

Over the course of the next days and weeks, I suspect we will talk a lot about comprehensive immigration reform. But what cannot get lost in the details here is that we are talking about people. We are talking about families.

It is time for this injustice to end.

In solidarity,

Bernie Sanders

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