In response to the Trump administration’s recent policy changes, ASAP’s staff have spoken out on various publications and broadcast programs to engage the public in the fight against family separation and detention.
“Family separation and family detention are two sides of the same coin,” ASAP co-founder Dorothy Tegeler asserted this weekend at New Haven’s World Refugee Day. “They are both abuses of human rights, and we should push for all families to be together and free.”
Public outrage over family separation and family detention has been increasing in the past month, since Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in May that the Trump administration would begin forcibly separating asylum-seeking families at the border. Children as young as two years old have been ripped from their parents’ arms, uncertain if and when they might see their families again. Under increased public pressure, Trump responded to family separation last week – by signing an executive order to begin detaining whole families together en masse.
The rapidly-changing immigration climate has sparked confusion over what is and is not law, and how asylum-seeking families will be affected by the policy changes. ASAP’s staff shed light on family separation policies, Trump’s recent executive order, and how to best support asylum seekers moving forward:
- MSNBC Live brought in ASAP co-founder Liz Willis to discuss how and why families are being separated under current immigration policy.
- VICE News featured Dorothy in an article about organizations working to reunite immigrant children with their parents.
- ASAP co-founder Swapna Reddy spoke about family reunification challenges on BBC’s World Service Radio.
- Connecticut WNPR’s Where We Live hosted Liz to explain Trump’s executive order and its significance for asylum seeking families.
- Dorothy spoke to refugee families and hundreds of other community members at New Haven’s World Refugee Day.
- Business Insider interviewed Liz about the logistical problems that complicate family reunification efforts.
- Yale News interviewed Dorothy on ASAP’s current work and the group’s rapid growth since its founding in 2015, when the four co-founders were still law students.
- Dorothy was a special guest on the New Haven Independent’s WNHH Community Radio to discuss the current immigration climate and the administration’s treatment of asylum seekers.
- And the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (CITY) hosted Dorothy for a discussion on tailoring services to the population you serve.
The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) is proud to continue fighting against unjust and inhumane immigration policies. We thank the news and media outlets drawing attention to the human rights violations at the border, and hope the public will continue to stand up for asylum seeking children and families.