Pledge to help end the incarceration and criminalization of immigrant children

Incarceration of Immigrant Children

We call on the U.S. government to end the detention and criminalization of immigrant children and their families.

Immigrant children incarcerated by the U.S. government must be treated as human beings with infinite worth and potential, and should not be exposed to conditions that may harm or traumatize them. We demand that:

  • The U.S. government never separate children from their parents – not at a border crossing, not during deportation proceedings, not ever.
  • Immigrant children receive at least six hours of language-appropriate classroom instruction every school day.
  • Child detention facilities be open to visits by doctors, teachers, social workers, clergy and other children’s advocates.
  • The U.S. government comply with the guidelines for basic standards of care of children set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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