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Families Belong Together
The Arc Condemns Family Separations at
U.S.-Mexico Border; Calls on Congress to Act


Like all of you, our hearts break for the families that have been torn apart at the US-Mexico Border in the last week. The Arc stands with the immigrant community and the many organizations and individuals that have come out in opposition to this abhorrent practice.

Our initial public statement (June 17) on this situation can be found on our website and below is our latest statement in response to news of a young girl with Down syndrome being taken from her family.

We are proactively reaching out to media and working with other organizations on this issue. The Arc is a civil rights organization and we remain united with our brothers and sisters in the larger civil rights movement. We will continue to work in unison with them to end this inhumane and barbaric practice.

If you have questions about The Arc’s work on immigration, please reach out to The Arc’s Director of Public Relations, Sarah Bal. We also encourage chapters to share the graphic featured in this email on social media.

The Arc Responds to Escalating Situation at US-Mexico Border
“Families belong together and the act
of tearing them apart is inhumane and cruel”

Washington, DC - The Arc released the following statement in response to the forced immigrant family separations that are occurring at the U.S.-Mexico border and news of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities being amongst those taken from their parents.

“With each passing minute, we reach a new low as the civil rights and values upon which our nation was founded continue to be betrayed. News of a young girl with Down syndrome being torn from her family is heart wrenching, yet what is garnering headlines is the callous response from those who support the actions of the Trump Administration. As we have said before - family separations are extremely traumatizing and damaging to children. Children with disabilities rely on their loved ones for care, security, and support, particularly for their unique needs. Unfamiliar border agents and other authorities who collect little information about the needs of a child with disabilities risk exacerbating disabling conditions and causing serious harm, in addition to the severe trauma of separation.

“Families belong together and the act of tearing them apart is inhumane and cruel. The Administration’s barbaric choices will undoubtedly traumatize children with and without disabilities. As this situation escalates, we call upon Congress to take action to ensure that these administrative practices are permanently prohibited. The Arc remains aligned with the immigrant community and the many organizations and individuals that have come out in opposition to this abhorrent practice,” said Peter Berns, CEO of The Arc.

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