Dear Friend,

This weekend, I travelled to McAllen and Brownsville, Texas, to visit with families detained at the border and witness the conditions firsthand.

What I saw is a stain on America.

Children were sleeping on cold concrete floors with Mylar blankets. As many as 20 people were confined to the same cell, sharing one bathroom and without access to other hygiene facilities. Children were terrified, crying for their parents. They're being treated like criminals.

I met with mothers who don’t know where their kids are. Even parents who have phone numbers for their children can’t afford to call them.

As a psychiatric social worker by training, I know what’s taking place is child abuse. This trauma could have long-lasting effects on these children’s mental health and wellbeing. We cannot let this go on.

The families who are detained have fled violence and persecution. They should be treated with compassion, not cruelty.

Instead, the Trump administration has met these immigrants with hostility at every turn. Now, they’re moving forward with “temporary camps” to detain even more immigrants and asylum-seekers, and threatening to deny them due process before deportation.

It’s a disgrace.

I’ve asked the United Nations to send observers to report on the conditions at detention facilities. These are human rights abuses and they need to be investigated.

The world is watching. I will keep fighting to reunite these families and demanding that our immigration policies treat all people with respect and dignity.

As always, my office is ready and eager to assist. You can call my East Bay office at (510) 763-0370 or connect with me via email, facebook, twitter, and Instagram.

In Solidarity,

                                                           

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