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Sign the petition: close Trump's children prison

Trump now has thousands of immigrant children locked up in child prisons across America.

The number has grown to 15,000.

That's why, this weekend, I went back to Texas to shine a light on Donald Trump's horrific treatment of immigrant children and families.

My stops included the tent camp at Tornillo, the largest of the child prisons.

It now holds 2,700 teenagers and has been expanded to hold up to 3,800!

Under the Flores settlement, our government is not supposed to hold any child over 20 days because of the enormous trauma to children from imprisonment.

But the Director at Tornillo estimated that over 2,000 of the children have been there over 20 days.

How is this possible? Trump is using a loophole for emergency lock-ups in a "temporary" prison.

There's no other way to put it: Deliberately inflicting trauma on these children is a crime against humanity. And it's being committed in our names, on our soil, with our tax money.

Sign the petition: it's time to shut down Trump's children's prison in Tornillo.

We tried to talk or meet with some of the children. The HHS officials wouldn't allow it.

They don't want us to know the details of their prison experience or trauma.

Team Trump is afraid of what will come out if these stories are told.

I did get to speak to a mother named Patricia, who is being held in a family internment camp in Dilley, Texas.

Patricia and her teenage daughter fled Honduras. She told me they had no choice after a drug gang molested her daughter as a penalty for missing an extortion payment from her beauty salon.

They've been detained for almost six months. Who knows when they'll be free again.

This is just one story. There are thousands more like it. People in danger. People legally seeking asylum. People looking to Lady Liberty for a better life.

How we respond right now matters.

Immigrants fleeing persecution should be treated with respect and dignity as they await asylum hearings, not victimized by Trump with the goal of deliberately inflicting trauma as part of a political strategy.

We have the power to right this wrong.*

Now is the time to ask ourselves: do we demonize and imprison people legally seeking the safety of our shores? Or do we embrace the humanity in our neighbors who look to us for help in their darkest moments?

We can't rest while inflicting trauma on children continues to be a Trump policy. And while people legally seeking asylum are treated like criminals.

Sign the petition: shut down Trump's children's prison in Tornillo.

Jeff

Posted on December 17, 2018.
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Jeff Merkley was born in the small town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, the son of a sawmill worker. As an advocate and a state legislator, he always fought hard for working families in Oregon. And now, as U.S. Senator, he's working every day for families in Oregon and across the country.

His progressive commitment is clear - working for economic recovery and family-wage jobs, clean energy that puts Americans to work and combats the climate crisis, affordable health care for all Americans. Learn more about Jeff Merkley.