We are on board to come together in the name of union, Yoga's namesake, and rapid Reunion of the children and caretakers/parents who have been torn apart from each other. We all have in common that we were children and either have children or are children of our parents. No one wants to imagine a forced separation, yet it is happening in our country. Please join us or donate to RAICES - Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services.
Parents separated from their children at the border (and other immigrants placed in detention) can’t get released from ICE custody to reunite with their families until they pay the full amount of their immigration bond. Bonds are set at a MINIMUM of $1500, and are usually in the range of $5-10K, even for asylum seekers without any criminal history.
Unlike in the criminal system, bail bond companies either do not help people in immigration proceedings or impose very strict requirements, like private ankle monitors (which families have to pay to “rent”).
Donate to our fund to directly support legal services for detained separated parents and the direct funding for bonds to get parents released!
Within the last six weeks, nearly 2,000 migrant children have been separated from their families while crossing the U.S.–Mexico border under the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy. That means an average of 45 migrant children are being ripped from their families per day and placed in detention centers on their own.
Reports have begun to emerge of horrifying conditions in these detention centers, several of which have been compared to jails. Photos from one facility in McAllen, Texas, show children being held in cages.