How You Can Help the Families Who Have Been Forcibly Separated at Our Southern Border

Recently, I have been contacted by thousands of Marylanders asking how they can help the children who have been cruelly torn apart from their families at our southern border due to President Trump’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy. Your outpouring of support for these children has been heartening during this dark episode. Thank you for all your phone calls, letters and emails – thank you for being a voice of reason, compassion and humanity. I stand with you in fighting to reunify these families immediately, and will work to ensure that this abhorrent policy is never implemented again. 

While government agencies are barred from directing donations to individual children, parents or families, there is still much you can do.

  1. Make sure you have contacted your entire congressional delegation.

  2. Consider writing a letter to your local newspaper, explaining why and how your community can help.  

  3. Attend a rally on Saturday, June 30 – the national Day of Action to #KeepFamiliesTogether. Hundreds of rallies are planned across the country. 

  4. Contact migrant and refugee resettlement groups to see how you can help. These groups are providing shelter, food and free legal representation for separated families. Some Maryland groups include:

  5. Texas and other nationwide groups doing good work at the border include:

    • The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project
    • RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education & Legal Services)
    • South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project
    • Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley