Last Friday the Quixote Center joined several other local organizations at a rally in front of the White House. I was honored to be joined by several people from the Quixote Center network. Thank you!
We chose the time and location because of a high level meeting between President Obama and the Presidents of the three Central American countries from which most of the recent wave of migrants originated: Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Our message was clear: children fleeing violence in Central America deserve the rights and protections given to refugees.
While we rallied, Congress worked to advance the HUMANE Act. The HUMANE Act is anything but, and would strip away the rights of migrant children to a hearing before a judge, and fast track their deportation to the homes they have fled in fear for their lives. The children shipped back to Central America face a dire situation, and one that failed policies from Washington, DC have helped to create.
If you haven’t already, take a moment and sign the petition to oppose the HUMANE Act here. There are also planned vigils for the children refugees on Monday nights at the White House.