This is what Olga told CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° today from the San Diego prison where she has been held for weeks:
My kids have never been separated from me. My son told me on the phone he misses me, and when am I going to be with him again. I told him I didn’t know.
National Immigrant Justice Center clients Olga and Marbel courageously shared their stories with the nation tonight because they are desperate to reunite with their children. They also spoke out to help stop the Trump administration’s cruel practice of intentionally separating families at the border.
Watch the full interview:
Olga and Marbel are among the more than 600 parents who Customs and Border Patrol tore from their children in the first two weeks of May alone. Today, in cities across the country, Americans came out for a National Day of Action for Children to call for an end to these family separation policies and tell the U.S. government that families belong together.
Here are 5 things you can do right now to help us stop this administration’s cruel family separation policies:
- Share the Anderson Cooper 360° interview and help keep the #FamiliesBelongTogether conversation going until the administration ends these cruel policies: Share on Twitter | Share on Facebook
- Sign up for NIJC’s action list to stay informed on how you can continue to defend the rights of immigrants in the United States.
- Send a message to defund the ICE detention system. Tell Congress to stop spending our tax dollars to enable inhumane detention and family separation.
- Call your members of Congress and demand an end to the cruel policy to separate parents from their children. Find contact information for your members of Congress here.
- Donate to NIJC to help us respond to family separation and other emerging issues facing immigrants and their families.
As Marbel and Olga beg to see their children and be allowed to seek asylum in the United States, we ask you to stand by their sides and help us lift up their voices until they and thousands of other immigrant parents are reunited with their children.
Tara Tidwell Cullen is NIJC's director of communications.