This week in Learn, Love, Lead! we bring you resources to understand how immigration policy is affecting kids and youth in immigrant families.
But first, a quick report back.
Last week we urged you to speak up to protect kids' health. As you have no doubt heard, President Trump and Republican congressional leadership failed to win the votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act and slash Medicaid funding. That's good for our kids, who would have been hurt by the proposal.
Today across our state and our nation, immigration policy is breaking children's hearts. President Trump has signed executive orders that expand and accelerate detention and deportation of immigrants. 5 million children in the United States have a parent without a recognized legal immigration status, including thousands in Washington.
This week we offer you a few resources about kids, families, and immigration. Our ability to win change to make kids' lives better depends, in part, on understanding how current policies are affecting our kids and communities. Please read, listen, and share widely.
Listen to the first 11 minutes of this podcast from the March 3rd episode of the show "This American Life" and hear one family's effort to make a plan for safety and survival in the face of rising deportations and detentions by the Trump administration. (To listen click the image below, or the link above. It will take you to the website. Then click on the play arrow. If you prefer to read a transcript, click here.)
Want to know more about President Trump's Executive Orders on immigration? Read this explanation of the changes to detention and deportation practices from the National Immigration Law Center.
Need information about your rights or information to share with others? Check out Know Your Rights resources gathered by the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project including information about faith communities providing sanctuary for immigrants and a safety planning document for families at risk of detention or deportation (also available in Spanish and Somali).
We'd love your feedback. Are these resources useful? Tell us at email@example.com.
Thank you for speaking up for kids.
Jon and the Children’s Alliance Team
P.S. Are you looking for help to talk with children and youth about racism and bias? We've gathered some resources on our website. Talking About Racism: Resources for Parents and Caregivers