On Friday, July 25 at 3 p.m. there will be a rally in front of the White House. Please join us to add your voice as we call on President Obama to uphold and defend the legal rights of the migrant children, ensure that families can be reunited and protected here in the United States, and to change the policies of militarization that have helped fuel the crisis. Please let us know if you will be able to attend.
On Friday afternoon, the Presidents of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras will be meeting with President Obama and Vice President Biden at the White House. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the dire situation facing refugee children who have come to the United States from Central America.
Since June, the United States media has been focused on the influx of children and adult migrants from Central America. Many of the migrants, and especially the children, are fleeing the violence, fueled by the drug trade, that has swept through Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.
Presente.org reports, "The House and Senate are ramming through a bill, deceptively named the 'HUMANE Act,' that would speed up the deportations of refugee children back to Central America." Our hope is that President Obama will reverse course and keep his pledge to protect the children by not signing the bill that would send the children home to the violence and destabilization from which they fled.
Whether or not you can join us on Friday, be sure to sign the petition against the HUMANE Act and ensure that children fleeing violence in Central America do not have their legal rights taken away in an effort to expedite their deportations.