Week in Review 6/25/2018

Innocent, helpless children are being used for political gain by Donald Trump and the Republican party.

More than 2,000 children, as young as two-years-old, have been ripped from their parents at the border and held in detention camps. By July, that number could rise to 30,000 despite the GOP immigration "compromise" plans and Trump's executive order. There are no plans to reunite these children with family members.

According to the American Psychological Association, traumatic events that these children are experiencing at the border can lead to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health disorders that can cause long lasting effects.

The Administration's inhumane immigration policy is counter to our Jewish American values. As a Jewish community, we understand these immigrants' strong desire to escape persecution in their homeland, at great risk, to build a better life for their families.

Trump's insensitivity to children was further underscored this week. The GOP pushed passage of a Farm bill, which cuts the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This will be catastrophic for the 16 million children who rely on this program to help meet their basic food needs. Reducing poverty and providing access to the basics such as food, housing, and medical care is critical to the well-being of children.

We have a moral obligation to stand up for those that cannot.

What can you do?

Support JAC-endorsed candidates that are compassionate towards children and those in need.

Attend a Families Together Rally on Saturday, June 30. Click here to find an event near you.

Click here to send supplies to immigrant children separated from their families.

Elections matter. Elections have consequences.