Risks to children unacceptable Much of our attention has been focused on COVID-19’s impact on our own families, but let’s not limit our humanity and forget the impact on vulnerable children in …
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Risks to children unacceptable
Much of our attention has been focused on COVID-19’s impact on our own families, but let’s not limit our humanity and forget the impact on vulnerable children in U.S. custody. There are thousands of unaccompanied children in the care and custody of the Office for Refugee Resettlement in overcrowded facilities.
We are not letting our children go to school or to the playground, so why are we allowing children to remain in such crowded facilities?
Unfortunately, yet predictably, there are many cases of unaccompanied children in detention centers who have tested positive for the new coronavirus. This puts the lives of every other child there at risk. This is unacceptable and certainly counter-productive to managing the pandemic.
Please join me and Save the Children Action Network in contacting your policymakers and the Trump administration, urging ORR to release vulnerable populations, such as children and pregnant women, from detention settings and state-run facilities where the risk of a coronavirus outbreak is high.
We must remind our elected leaders to remain true to America’s core values when making decisions during this difficult chapter in our nation’s history. While it is understandable to be afraid during these uncertain times, this fear should not prevent us from following the law and protecting vulnerable children seeking refuge.
Children, and all other vulnerable populations, deserve to be protected no matter their nationality.
Brett Wilson, Westminster
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