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Friday, October 2, 2015

Detention Bed Quota Immigrant Children United States

Protect Immigrant Children and Families: Stop Inhumane Detention Bed Quota

Rich Stolz, OneAmerica for Washington United for Migrant Children (

Protect Immigrant Children and Families: Stop Inhumane Detention Bed Quota

In August, you provided crucial support to protect immigrant children and families from inhumane and arbitrary detention. Now, we have an opportunity in Congress to take this a step farther.

For six years, congress has required Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to maintain and continuously fill 34,000 beds in detention centers. This week, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced an amendment to the Senate to end the inhumane detention bed quota.

Take Action Now! Urge your Senators and Member of Congress to support Senator Coons's amendment and END arbitrary detention!

These arbitrary quotas have real human consequences by splitting up families and incarcerating them in under-regulated, often inhumane conditions without access to medical care. Further, these quotas serve no legitimate law enforcement function. Over half of the immigrants detained by ICE between 2009 and 2011 had no criminal history, and no other law enforcement agency in America detains people based on a quota.

Please join us in asking your legislator to support Senator Coons’s amendment, end the detention bed quota, and allow ICE to operate based on an individual’s situation and not arbitrary requirements for detention.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Give to Syrian Refugees through


Earlier this year, a Syrian father of eight received a text message.

It informed him that the stipend he had been receiving each month to buy food for his family was being cut from $19 to $13.50 per person. This was half of what he had been receiving the year before -- when his family first reached Lebanon from the war-torn Syrian city of Raqqa -- and would not be enough to feed his kids.

With that amount, he told a reporter, "You can't even get bread."

Across the region, refugees fleeing the brutality of the Assad regime and ISIL have received similar news of declining support. Just this month, 229,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan learned they would no longer receive any food assistance.

There are ways you can help. Find out how at

Nearly 12 million Syrians have been forced from their homes by Syria's devastating conflict, four million of whom have fled their country. Syrians given refuge in neighboring countries are safe from the barrel bombings, chemical attacks, and deadly sieges they faced at home. But with few opportunities to work, most must rely on the international community to meet their most basic needs: a roof over their heads, food on their table, a classroom for their children.

This morning, President Obama spoke to the United Nations about American leadership. As the President said, America is the strongest nation in the world, and one of the ways we have always demonstrated that strength is through our compassion for people who are less fortunate.

Syria is no exception. Our government leads the world in contributions to the Syrian crisis, having given $4.5 billion to assist those in need. We have also significantly increased the number of refugees we will admit to the United States, including Syrians. And we continue to work tirelessly towards the political solution that will bring the bloodshed to an end and allow displaced Syrians to return home, as so many wish to do.

But the profound challenges faced by these families cannot be tackled by governments alone. Americans understand this, and many are asking what they can do.

We encourage you to visit and see how you can use your skills, resources, and energy to help Syrians and other refugees in need.

Thank you,

Samantha Power
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Children Syria one million refugees ACT NOW!

Lend Your Voice To Support Syrian Children

More than 5 million Syrian children have been affected by the three-year conflict, including more than 1 million refugees.

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The children of Syria can't afford another year of suffering.
More than 5 million Syrian children have been affected by the three-year conflict, including more than 1 million refugees. These children are suffering without schools to go to, without a sense of physical safety and emotional protection, and without a chance to thrive. An entire generation is at risk of losing its future, with severe long-term consequences for Syria and the region.
We must stop the suffering now. Together with partners all over the globe, UNICEF is asking 1.2 million people to stand up for the children of Syria. One voice for each of the 1.2 million child refugees torn from their homes by this brutal war. Will you be their champion?
By signing this pledge, you will support a five-point plan to help build a better future for Syria's children.