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CAIR to Co-Sponsor Virginia Rally Against Unmet July 26 Immigrant Family Reunification Deadline

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/24/18) – On Thursday, July 26, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), along with the Alliance for Family Reunification (AFR) of Prince William County and other groups, will co-sponsor a second candlelight vigil and protest outside a Virginia facility housing immigrant children who were separated from their families by the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy.

The administration faces a July 26 deadline to reunite up to 3,000 immigrant children separated from their parents under that policy. As of last week, only 14 percent of the children had been reunited with their families. Only 57 of 103 children under the age of five have been reunited, despite a court-mandated July 10 deadline.

SEE: DHS secretary hedges on July 26 deadline to reunite migrant families
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/19/kirstjen-nielsen-separated-families-deadline-733253

WHAT: Alliance for Family Reunification – Prince William County – Candlelight Vigil and Protest for Family Reunification

WHERE: Outside Youth For Tomorrow, 11835 Hazel Circle Dr., Bristow, VA 20136

WHEN: Thursday, July 26, 8-9 p.m.

CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

At the vigil and protest outside the Youth For Tomorrow facility in Bristow, Va., the alliance will demand that the administration take immediate and transparent steps to reunify the children with members of their biological family.

AFR held a similar protest to mark the missed July 10 deadline.

SEE: Protest outside of Bristow site where border kids are being held
https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/local/virginia/protest-outside-of-bristow-site-where-border-kids-are-being-held/65-572604721

Vigil for migrant children held outside youth facility in Bristow
http://wjla.com/news/local/vigil-bristow-youth-for-tomorrow

Some reports indicate that the administration does not intend to reunite all the families and might place some children in foster homes. The New York Times reported that officials at U.S. Customs and Border Protection deleted records that would have connected parents with their children.

Gov. Inslee: Trump admin won’t reunite all migrant families, will place some kids in foster care
https://thinkprogress.org/gov-inslee-trump-admin-wont-reunite-all-migrant-families-will-place-some-kids-in-foster-care-8f8f870f69f5/

The mess of migrant family reunifications (Washington Post)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-mess-of-migrant-family-reunifications/2018/07/07/a66227fa-8146-11e8-b658-4f4d2a1aeef1_story.html

The Alliance for Family Reunification of Prince William County is a non-partisan coalition of concerned individuals and organizations seeking the immediate and transparent reunification of families separated at the border by the Trump administration.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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