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Barbara Solow: Protest family separations here and at border

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Monday, July 09, 2018
Protest family separations in region and at border

Your editorial of June 20 (“Stop ripping children from their parents”) was right to describe the Trump administration’s treatment of immigrant children at the border as an “abandonment of the humanitarian values cherished by the vast majority of Americans.”

What many may not realize is that family separations are happening right now in our own backyard. Lucio Perez and Irida Kakhtiranova have been separated from their loved ones while they are in sanctuary in local churches to avoid unjust deportation. As Perez said at a recent press conference in Amherst, “The separations that are happening there (on the border) are the separations happening here.”

What is to be done? We can lobby state representatives to pass the Safe Communities amendments that are now on the table (https://www.facebook.com/MASafeCommunitiesAct/). We can show up at planned protests, and donate to groups such as the ACLU that are fighting to protect due process rights for all.

We can be clear about the facts — including that people crossing the U.S. border are often fleeing violence and poverty caused by our nation’s foreign policy. It’s time to stand up against the injustice of family separations at the border—and in our hometowns.

Barbara Solow

Florence