Take Action Today to Defend All Families

Children deserve to be safe and happy. It is our job, as adults, to protect them.

The security a child feels with their parent or primary caregiver is essential for their healthy development – it is as important as breathing.

The Child Care Law Center calls upon our government to stop inflicting trauma on children and threatening their well-being by forcibly separating children from their parents, or jailing families in detention centers not suitable for children.

Contact Your Members of Congress!  

The House is expected to vote on two anti-immigrant bills on Thursday, June 21st: one proposed by Rep. Goodlatte and another proposed by Speaker Ryan. Neither bill addresses the administration’s policy of separating families, and neither bill fixes the administration’s decision to end DACA.

Please call your local or DC congressional office to defeat the Ryan bill and ensure no Democrat votes for these bills.

  1. United We Dream’s call tool – 844-505-3769
  2. ACLU tool  — specifically for Senators
  3. American Immigration Lawyers Association tool — calls, tweets, facebook posts, and emails to all Members of Congress

Resources from the Immigration Hub

  1. Sample Vote Recommendation on the Ryan Bill
  2. Analysis/Summary of the Ryan Bill
  3. Fact Sheet: Ryan’s “Compromise” Bill Does NOT End Family Separation
  4. Talking Points on Family Separation in the Ryan Bill
  5. Click-to-Tweet Targeting Moderate Republicans in Congress on the Ryan Bill
  6. Hill briefing document developed by the Immigration Hub and the Women’s Refugee Commission.

Legal defense:

The National Immigration Law Center is mounting a legal challenge to both the policy of separating families and the new Executive Order that would send both parent and child(ren) to detention centers.  Read their statement here.

Join a Mobilization in California

Saturday, June 23rd – Families Belong Together March in San Diego, CA, led by San Diego Indivisible. See additional details on Facebook.

Take Action in Texas

Thursday, June 21st – Faith mission to the Ursula processing center in TX, led by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Please email Jordyn Bussey at  bussey@civilrights.org to join the delegation of rabbis, ministers, bishops, and other faith leaders who will be ministering to children and holding a vigil outside of Ursula.

Sunday, June 24th – Action in Tornillo, TX, led by Voto Latino. Visit www.stopseparation.org to sign up and learn more.

Thursday, June 28th – Mass mobilization at the Brownsville Federal Court in TX, led by the ACLU. Join the #FamiliesBelongTogether rally in Linear Park at 11 a.m. RSVP here or on Facebook and contact Natalie Montelongo at nmontelongo@aclu.org with questions.

Saturday, June 30th –  Mass mobilization in Washington, DC and across the country.  Led by MoveOn and others. Distributed actions will be planned across the country.  RSVP here to receive details.

Volunteer with local organizations. Sacred Heart ChurchNETA, ProBAR (volunteer or donate), and the Texas Civil Rights Project are just some of the organizations you can help if you are in TX or willing to travel there. Please refer to the Families Belong Together Guide on How to Help for more details.


The Child Care Law Center attorneys stand ready to use all the legal tools available to keep families together.  Whether children are separated from their parents and housed in residential facilities in California, or detained with their parents, we will challenge placements that violate our standards for children’s out-of-home care.