Five First-Ladies (And the Rest of the World) Condemn the Family Separation Policy; Nationwide “Families Belong Together” Marches Scheduled for Saturday, June 30; and Mid-Way Point to the California Bar Exam . . .
Rosalyn Carter, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama and even Melania Trump agree on one thing: separating children from parents seeking U.S. asylum is and was wrong. The policy was announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on May 2, 2018. In the six weeks that followed, over 2400 children were stripped from their parents’ arms. The youngest children – including toddlers – have been housed at detention facilities dubbed “tender-age” shelters. The policy immediately was condemned worldwide, specifically including a rebuke from the United Nations. Notably, Sessions was called out by his own church. Reports indicate more than 600 United Methodists clergy and layperson filed a formal complaint decrying Session’s role in what was viewed as, inter alia, child abuse. The Trump Administration ended the policy on June 20, 2018. Yet there has been no clear indication as to how the estimated 2400 children will be returned to their parents, some of whom already have been deported to their country of origin.
Ready to March? Nationwide rallies will be held on June 30, 2018 to protest the family separation policy and promote efforts toward a more welcoming immigration policy. #FamiliesBelongTogether. Numerous groups have joined in the effort to send a powerful message that the separated parents and children are part of our worldwide family we call humanity. An affront to the dignity of any one of us – especially those most vulnerable, like our innocent children – is an affront to the dignity and ideals of us all. The main event takes place at 11 a.m. (EST) at Lafayette Square in Washington D.C, across from the White House. Local rallies include those scheduled for DTLA (City Hall); Burbank, Long Beach, Pasadena, and West Hollywood. To find a rally near you, click here.
Let’s also send a little love to our Loyola grads studying for the bar exam. They’re just hitting the midway point in the grueling study period between graduation and the two-day exam at the end of July. Look at the bright side – it’s just one more round of exams, right? Good Luck!!!