We, the undersigned, join Save the Children in stating that we have zero tolerance for policies that do not put children's interests first. Save the Children knows from our nearly 100 years of service that family separation and detention have significant adverse effects on a child's development and emotional well-being, which ultimately results in the tragic loss of childhood.
Indefinite family detention is unacceptable. Family detention centers have been consistently found unsuitable and harmful for children. Family separation is unconscionable. We know the trauma separation can cause and the long-lasting effects it can have. We cannot stand by and watch this suffering be inflicted on children by the U.S. government. The Executive Order does not once mention the best interests of children or address the needs of previously separated children and the need to uphold asylum rights.
America has always been, and must remain, a beacon of hope and refuge – it is what makes our country great. We urge your entire administration to put children first as they respond to this crisis by reunifying them with their families and ending indefinite detention.
Now, more than ever, it's important to remember that all children – yours and mine, as well as those called refugee, migrant and asylum-seeker – deserve safety and a chance at a future. Every last child.