April 1, 2020 | eNewsletter
No Joke. Please, Stay Home.
This week Governor Hogan Hogan issued a "Stay At Home" order for all Marylanders. As we continue to look out for the needs of our children and youth, we urge everyone to do what they can to slow the spread of the Novel Coronavirus by complying with the latest directives. Below is a graphic to guide us on what the "stay at home" order actually means.
Today is National Census Day !
While tucked away indoors, please go online and complete the Census. Although the deadline has been extended until August 14th, there is no time like the present. Remember to count every person in your home, including all children.
The results of the Census will be used to:
Direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads and other public services;
Help our communities prepare to meet transportation and emergency readiness needs; and
Determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and political representation at all levels of government.
If anyone needs help in completing the census questionnaire, please call this toll-free number 1-844-330-2020.
There were 69,550 migrant children held in U.S. government custody over the past year, more children detained away from their parents than any other country, according to United Nations researchers.
Being held in detention can be traumatic for children, putting them at risk of long-term physical and emotional damage. The American Academy of Pediatrics report, Detention of Immigrant Children, states “there is no evidence indicating that any time in detention is safe for children.” This statement is particularly true now with the virulent Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19.
Advocates for Children and Youth joins other child advocacy agencies in requesting that families with children be released from detention as soon as possible. To support these efforts, let us reach out to our legislators.
For those Twitter users, cut and paste this tweet:
@RepDavidTrone @Call_Me_Dutch @RepAndyHarrisMD Will you use the authority of your office to pressure DHS Secretary Wolf, Acting ICE Director Albence & the Baltimore ICE Field Office Director to release all families with children from your county detention center due to the deadly risk of #COVID19?
My name is [NAME] and I am a constituent of [CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT]. I urge Rep. [NAME] to speak out against ICE’s inadequate response to COVID-19. I am deeply concerned about the impact this pandemic will have on the safety of people in immigration detention. Parents locked up in detention are already extremely vulnerable to the spread of infectious disease due to their physical proximity to others and inadequate medical care in custody. It’s important to me that my representative fight for the wellbeing of all families and children in my community so I am calling on Rep. [NAME] to fight for the freedom of people in cages in this country. I urge them to use their authority to pressure DHS Secretary Wolf, Acting ICE Director Albence, and the Baltimore ICE Field Office Director to release all families and children from immigrant detention.