The American Civil Liberties Union claims to have uncovered tens of thousands of pages of evidence documenting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials physically, sexually, and verbally abusing children.
According to the ACLU, the majority of these children are asylum seekers fleeing violence in Mexico and Central America. Some are teenage mothers. Some are escaping gang violence. Some are in need of medical attention. All of them have risked their lives to find safety.
The ACLU contends that CBP’s abuses violate United States law and international human rights law, which give protection to migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers – no matter their country of origin.
In addition, lawyer turned organizer, Alida Garcia, offers several additional actions that supporters of immigrants can take.
What u actually can do is run campaigns in your cities, counties & states demanding your government(s) fund legal services for people going through the deportation process. Many cities & states have invested in this over the last few yrs, so this isn't a pie in the sky thing 12/
— Alida Garcia (@leedsgarcia) June 9, 2018
She also points to frontline organizations working in the border region—RAICES, Texas Civil Rights Project, La Union del Pueblo Entero, and Neta—all of whom can use greater financial support for the important work they do.