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RAICES Launches Program to Help Connect Families After Detainment


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Nine weeks ago, the Trump administration began implementing their zero tolerance policy and effectively separated children from their parents seeking asylum at the U.S-Mexico border. With today, Thursday, being U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw's deadline for reuniting approximately 2,500 families, non-governmental organizations are attempting to pick up the slack.

On Monday
, San Antonio's RAICES announced that they will be allocating $3 million in donations toward further assisting reunified families through their new "Flights for Families" campaign.

While reunification has been taking place (albeit slowly), the policy and process by which it is being carried out neglects intuition, occurring in parking lots and haphazardly leaving families stranded from other relatives or in locations where they are unable to proceed with necessary legal action, like  fighting for their asylum with RAICES and organizations like the Texas Civil Rights Project.

The funds for the "Flights for Families" campaign will be used for travel expenses, lodging and small personal "starter" kits to help families get back on their feet. Earlier this month, RAICES was able to raise in the neighborhood of $17 million due to national outrage over this human rights crises.

The administration has admitted that roughly 900 children have yet to be reunited as of Thursday's deadline, and nearly 500 parents have already been deported with their children still detained in U.S. facilities. According to Democracy Now and court papers filed Wednesday, the ACLU argued that many parents were coerced, misled or unable to read the forms they signed which permitted their children to be left behind. In the past weeks, the process of reunification has proven to be as messy as the separation.

To offer your help, visit the RAICES website to donate to the "Flights for Families" fund or volunteer in person at one the organization's San Antonio camps.

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