We are all absolutely horrified by President Trump’s abusive policy that for almost two months has been ripping children away from their parents, holding refugees in federal prisons (including here in Oregon), and caging their children in large detention centers where they literally cannot be hugged or comforted.
The policy changes announced yesterday, which finally end the separation of families, don’t end this crisis. The Trump Administration is continuing with plans to hold families indefinitely in detention centers – the inhumane treatment of those seeking a better life is still horrifying.
This is our home, and how we treat people is up to us. We can’t have Environmental Justice without Immigrant Justice. And we can’t afford to be complicit in these terrible acts by being silent. We must speak up.
Today is the longest day of the year. For the 123 refugees held at a federal prison in Sheridan, Oregon, it is even longer. These men are from 16 different countries and speak 13 different languages. Most are from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, China, and Mexico. Many have been separated from their families and are being denied access to legal counsel and spiritual support.
We are incredibly proud of the bold actions of Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Representatives Blumenauer, Schrader, and Bonamici. Our heartfelt thanks for their courage and humanity.
Now more than ever, we need you to join the fight to hold President Trump and his administration accountable for their horrifying and inhumane treatment of immigrants.
The fight for environmental solutions and racial justice are inextricably linked. If we want to make real progress, if we want to protect immigrant communities and the environment in which we all live, all of us need to speak out, and we need to do it NOW.