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SCCBA Statement Opposing the Separation of Children and Parents Seeking Entry to the United States
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The SCCBA strongly opposes any government policy or congressional action that violates the due process rights of migrants seeking entry to the United States, including indefinite detentions, forcibly separating children from their parents, and forcing children, including toddlers, to appear in court on their own with no right to appointed counsel. These practices not only violate due process, but they are in opposition to the humanitarian values which represent founding principles of our democracy.


Additionally, the SCCBA endorses the letter  by ABA President Hilarie Bass, published Wednesday, June 20, 2018, subsequent to the Trump administration issuing an Executive Order on families being separated at the US border.   Issued June 21, 2018


 

STATEMENTS BY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS 

Original ABA Statement by President Hilarie Bass
 

Alameda County Bar Association
 

Bar Association of San Francisco Justice & Diversity Center

For those wanting to respond to this immigration crisis, here are
a few organizations that are assisting.

ACLU

ASYLUM SEEKER ADVOCACY PROJECT

 

IMMIGRATION JUSTICE CAMPAIGN


KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE

 

NETA (organization supporting journalists telling the stories) 

 

REFUGEE AND IMMIGRANT CENTER FOR EDUCATION AND LEGAL SERVICES (RAICES) 

 

TEXAS CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT  


Texas Tribune List of Organizations Mobilizing

 
THE FLORENCE PROJECT (Arizona) 

YOUNG CENTER FOR IMMIGRANT CHILDREN'S RIGHTS  

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ACLU has filed a class action in the Federal District Court, Southern District of California on behalf of all parents who are or will be detained by immigration authorities, and who had their children separated from them (absent a demonstration in a hearing that the parent is unfit or presents a danger to the child). In part the ACLU argues that the family separation practice violates class members’ substantive due process right to family integrity
U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, a Republican appointee, recently ruled that the suit may move forward on due process grounds, writing:

 “For plaintiffs, the government actors responsible for the ‘care and custody’ of migrant children have, in fact, become their persecutors,” These allegations sufficiently describe government conduct that arbitrarily tears at the sacred bond between parent and child, and is emblematic of the ‘exercise of power without any reasonable justification in the service of an otherwise legitimate governmental objective…

Such conduct, if true, as it is assumed to be on the present motion, is brutal, offensive, and fails to comport with traditional notions of fair play and decency. At a minimum, the facts alleged are sufficient to show the government conduct at issue ‘shocks the conscience’ and violates plaintiffs’ constitutional right to family integrity.”

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