At the height of the detention crisis, more than 55,000 immigrants were jailed in prisons and camps across this country — kids in cages, families, trans women, pregnant mothers, and anyone else who has been caught by the immigration dragnet at our border. We have sent more than 60,000 asylum-seekers back to Mexico, where they’re forced into overcrowded tent encampments and often dangerous border towns with no resources and no access to lawyers while they wait for their day in court.
Combined, both President Obama and President Trump have deported some 2 million people from the United States, separating families and ruining lives. Six children have died in border patrol custody. Hundreds more have died in the deserts along the southern border and somehow, we’re still shouting for #NoKidsInCages.
The Migrant Justice Platform is a roadmap of Executive and Legislative actions from grassroots voices across the United States and abroad that parts ways from the “single-bill” strategy that has defined immigration politics for two decades. It is a unity blueprint intended as a launching point for an open-source effort that centers grassroots voices on various aspects of immigration reform.
There is no “comprehensive” solution that can magic-wand our broken immigration system. That’s why the Migrant Justice Platform recommends concrete executive and congressional actions to ensure undocumented, TPS, DED, and DACA sisters and brothers breathe free without fear of persecution, emphasizing workers rights within immigration policy, a new de-militarized approach to the borderlands, and a rethinking of the U.S. impact and role abroad.
If you believe, as we do, that the United States can become a better place for all then join us by becoming a Migrant Justice Warrior. By taking the pledge above, you are taking your place among the thousands pledging to unite and encourage lawmakers to adopt the Migrant Justice Platform. Thank you!