(INTERFAITH ON HOMELESSNESS AND HOUSING) October 15, 2018 — With many hundreds of immigrant children in our country still separated from their parents, dozens of them in New York State, and with signs that the federal government is considering policies to further exacerbate the problem including putting some of the separated children up for adoption without their parents approval, the New Sanctuary Movement along with a growing community of allies – including the Interfaith Assembly, continues to organize a response to this assault to the most fundamental of our country’s values.
Thanks to the leadership of State Assemblyman Harvey Epstein and State Senator Brian Benjamin, a New York State legislative initiative to require state licensed agencies to provide some b asic accountability has b een introduced and will b e the subject of a legislative round table this coming Monday. In addition to providing some local accountability, we hope that this initiative may also help provide a model for other states to follow. Immediately following the round table there will be a press conference to provide an update on the SCAR Act deliberations and next steps.
You are invited to join us:
Immigrants have a legal right to seek asylum in the United States. Crossing the border illegally the first time is a misdemeanor – certainly no justification to take a parents child away.