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President Trump has been trying to make any effort to stop illegal immigration from happening. Yet violence and poverty is what’s triggering the massive migration to the United States. If you’re outraged by what’s going on and can’t be part of the people that are advocating. You can still do your part and help. Thanks to Refinery 29 for these recommendations.
RAICES: This Texas-based organization offers free and low-cost legal services to immigrant children and families. Donate here and sign up as a volunteer here.
KIND (Kids In Need of Defense): The organization provides legal representation to migrant children and lobbies to ensure their rights are protected.
Pueblo Sin Fronteras: This group provides humanitarian aid and shelter to migrants on their way to the U.S.
Al Otro Lado: This bi-national organization provides legal services to deportees and migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, including deportee parents whose children remain in the U.S.
The Florence Project: This Arizona-based organization offers free legal services to people in immigration custody.
Justice in Motion: Formerly known as Global Workers Justice Alliance, this group connects attorneys and nongovernmental organizations across the U.S., Mexico, and Central America to find parents who have been deported without their children and help them reunite.
Texas Civil Rights Project: This organization has been using legal advocacy and litigation to help families separated at the border.
Border Angels: This California-based organization supports San Diego County’s immigrant population and focuses on issues related to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Neta: This Texas-based grassroots group helps asylum seekers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.
South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR): This project of the American Bar Association is currently supporting over 1,000 unaccompanied children in detention centers across South Texas.
Fronterizo Fianza Fund: This project, run by the Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee, assists families in coming up with the bond money needed for a detained immigrant to be released.
National Immigrant Justice Center: This program fights for policy reform and provides legal services to immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers.
Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center: This El Paso, TX-based organization provides legal representation to migrants who otherwise can’t afford it. Volunteer here and donate
More ways to help: ActBlue Charities has set up a link that allows you to donate to 14 different organizations, including the ACLU, United We Dream, the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, and more. Donate
Contact your elected officials. Don’t underestimate the power of pressuring your elected representatives. On Thursday, Congress voted to pass a $4.6 billion humanitarian aid bill for the detained migrant children — a measure President Donald Trump is expected to sign. But there is still work to be done, and you should make your voice heard by reaching out to your lawmakers. If you don’t know where to start, you can read our guide to contacting Congress here.
Educate yourself and share accurate information. Here is a helpful guide to the journalists, advocates, and experts you should follow on Twitter to be up-to-date with everything related to the immigration system. You can also use social media to show your opposition to detention centers and signal-boost accurate information.
If you are worried about the impact of the immigration enforcement apparatus in your immediate community, you can attend Know Your Rights trainings in your area. These trainings inform you on what your constitutional rights are (regardless of your immigration status) and how to practice safe bystander intervention when needed.
Attend a protest. If you’re able and willing to, considering getting out there and protesting. MoveOn, United We Dream, American Friends Service Committee, and Families Belong Together are organizing nationwide #CloseTheCamps rallies to take place on Tuesday, July 2. Find an event near you here.