Since learning about the horrible implications of the Trump administration’s family separation policy, people around the country have been eager to help where they can. So, here’s a few ways you can help immigrant families on the Southern border — even from afar.
Donating to organizations such as RAICES can help get immigrants out of detention through bond payments, and help ensure lawyers for every child in Texas immigration courts. Other originations protecting immigrant families include the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, CARA Project, Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, Justice for Our Neighbors, Kids in Need of Defense, and Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services.
You can volunteer if you live near the U.S. – Mexico border and speak Spanish, Mam, or Q’eqchi’, as many organizations need help collecting testimonials from immigrants. Organizations across the country are also looking for volunteers to help with everything from data entry to translation and legal aid.
You can also call you senators and representatives to oppose the inhumane no tolerance policy. The ACLU urges people to demand that their representatives denounce Trump’s family separation policies and encourage them to pass immigration reform bills. This is especially important if you live in a Republican-controlled district. The ACLU even has a page on their website where you can enter your phone, zip code, and email, and they’ll connect you with your senator’s office.