Take action for migrant children, adults, and families

The immigrant detention crisis is deepening by the day.

Children in migrant detention camps describe their situation as dire. In speaking to attorneys, they say:
"I'm so hungry that I have woken up in the night with hunger." - 12 year old boy"We are in a metal cage with 20 other teenagers with babies and young children.... It is very cold." - 16 year old girl"The immigration agents separated me from my father right away. I was very frightened and scared. I cried. I have not seen my father again." - 5 year old boy
Last week, the Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General released a Management Alert titled: "DHS Needs to Address Dangerous Overcrowding and Prolonged Detention of Children and Adults in the Rio Grande Valley." It notes "urgent issues that require immediate attention," including serious overcrowding, standing room only conditions (where some adults have been held for over a week),

Of the 8,000 detainees in cus…

Support the Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act

Metastatic breast cancer (also known as Stage IV breast cancer) occurs when cancer spreads beyond the breast into other parts of the body, including the bones, liver, and brain. 116 people die each day from metastatic breast cancer in the United States - but, with access to treatment, metastatic patients can go into remission, live longer, and/or have better quality of life.

The Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act would waive a 2 year waiting period for metastatic patients to be eligible for Medicare. It would also waive a 5 month waiting period for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits for those who qualify. Access to healthcare and benefits is key for all those diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.
The National Breast Cancer Coalition reports that the Act has been introduced in the House and Senate. Please contact your legislators at 202-224-3121 and ask them to sign on!

News and Actions to #ProtectMigrantChildren

The news coming from our southern borders this past week has been among the worst we've had - and it was already bad. Below is a summary of what we've seen this week:

On Tuesday, June 18, the President announced that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would begin mass deportations on June 23. That process has been "delayed" two weeks to give Congress time to take action, according to a recent tweet. That same day, the government argued in court that they were not required to give soap or toothbrushes to detained children.

Meanwhile, lawyers and others who have visited border facilities are reporting inhumane and dangerous conditions. These lawyers say detained children at a border station in Clint, Texas, have had no access to showers, laundry facilities, toothbrushes, or soap. Children at the facility are reportedly caring for each other. One attorney warned of a "pervasive health crisis" where "virtually everyone we saw was ill."


Support the Payday Rule to Stop The Debt Trap!

From our friends at Stop the Debt Trap

Earlier this year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced it would rescind the ability-to-repay standard from the 2017 final rule. That means that payday loan sharks would not have to follow the common-sense practice of determining whether a borrower could repay a loan before granting it. This practice would trap more people in endless cycles of debt and hurt consumers.

Currently, the CFPB is assessing tens of thousands of comments that support keeping the ability-to-repay standard. Congress is lending its voice to this process: Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) is sponsoring a letter urging the CFPB to keep the ability-to-repay in their final rule. We need your help to get as many members of the House of Representatives to sign on to this letter as possible.

Now is the time for action:

Before consumer protections are gutted, we need you to call your member of Congress and tell them to side with consumers, not with the payday loan shark…

Delaware County Lead Poisoning Prevention Coalition Meeting

This will be a working meeting to talk about and brainstorm the capacity the coalition has individually and as a group to get the word out about the importance of lead screening and about the availability of remediation services, as well as how to streamline the ways children are connected to the array of services they may need. The coalition needs your expertise and connections within the county!

Delaware County Lead Poisoning Prevention Coalition Meeting
Tuesday, June 25 from 9 am to 11 am
Media Municipal Building
301 N. Jackson Street Media
Please RSVP to Ann at annb at by Tuesday, June 18

Continue supporting immigrant and refugee families

The situation for migrant children and families on our borders is worsening.

In May, we learned about even more migrant children dying while detained in US custody. According to Families Belong Together, 7 children have now died while in custody or shortly after their release. Adults are also dying in custody, with three adults, including a transgender woman, dying in three days in early June.

Multiple sources (including the Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General) have detailed overcrowding and poor conditions at detention centers near the border. In El Paso, a processing center designed to hold 125 migrants had a population between 750-900 people. Detainees were observed standing on toilets to gain breathing space and were wearing "soiled clothing for days or weeks." In May, tents were set up to hold detained families in McAllen, Brownsville, and Rio Grande City.

Closer to home, families are still being held at the Berks County Detention Center in Pennsylva…

Protect Trans Health

Last week, the federal government announced a proposed change to the Health Care Rights Law (part of the Affordable Care Act) that would overturn healthcare protections for transgender people. Under the rule change, gender identity would no longer be protected by federal laws preventing discrimination in health care. Requirements that insurers give notice of a patient's rights to translation services would also be eliminated.

According to the ACLU, the new rule would also remove "termination of pregnancy" as a reason to make a legal claim of sex discrimination in health care. Both the specific protections for transgender people and termination of pregnancy have been the subject of lawsuits and were stopped under federal injunction.

While there are other protections for transgender people in the ACA, repealing this part of the law could lead to further rollbacks later.

Take Action:

The Protect Trans Health Campaign has a link to submit a comment to the Department of Health a…