In the last two years, the number of children and families arriving at the border seeking asylum has increased dramatically, with more than 95,000 children and families arriving in May 2019 alone. Meanwhile, the Trump Administration has implemented policies like zero tolerance, family separation, metering and “remain-in-Mexico” that have rapidly increased the number of individuals held in detention.
Every day, horrifying new stories emerge about the humanitarian crisis at the southern border. Federal agencies are not prepared to handle the spike in arrivals, contributing to well-publicized issues with overcrowding in unsafe and unsanitary conditions for extended periods of time. Once they are released, they struggle to navigate the broken process to apply for legal asylum.
Want to help, but not sure where to get started? Here are five ways you can support directly-impacted families and organizations serving immigrant communities via the To Immigrants With Love platform: