On 20 June 2018, President Trump signed an executive order in response to the uproar against his administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the southern U.S. border. These separations began as a direct result of the administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which focused on charging more people with illegal entry. This policy has led to the separation of more than 2,300 children from their parents at the border because those charged are sent to federal prison, where their children cannot join them.
In response, the Truman community banded together to urge the governors of states where we have a Chapter to—depending on each state’s respective situation—urge them to pull the state’s National Guards from the southern border, prohibit their deployment, or thank them for already doing either of those actions.
Ultimately, we argue that the Trump Administration’s zero tolerance policy is a moral failure and abdication of American values, and it is not the responsibility of the National Guard, who has numerous critical missions worldwide, to deploy along our border so as to enact this policy.
With the refusal of governors across the country to send our family, friends, and neighbors in the National Guard to enforce the Trump Administration’s atrocious policies along our southern border, we are underscoring the fact that those policies do nothing to keep us safe and arguing in favor of traditional American values of diversity, inclusion, and strength through moral leadership.
Atlanta Chapter Letter to Governor Nathan Deal
Chicago Chapter Letter to Governor Bruce Rauner
North Carolina Chapter Letter to Governor Roy Cooper
Philadelphia Chapter Letter to Governor Tom Wolf
Texas Chapter Letter to Governor Greg Abbott
Seattle Chapter Letter to Governor Jay Inslee
New York Chapter Letter to Governor Cuomo
The Truman Community also spoke out in other media channels more broadly on the administration's wider array of cruel and ineffective immigration policies.
06/07/18, Fox News, The morality of the immigration debate, featuring Isaac Wright, Truman Political Partner
06/16/18, The Stranger, Here Are the Details on Tomorrow's Families Belong Together Rally in Seattle, featuring Truman Project's Seattle Chapter
06/21/18, Ottumwa, IA talk radio, Trump separating children from their parents at the border - Iowa, featuring Isaac Wright, Truman Political Partner
06/22/18, Progress Presents, Child Separation on the U.S.-Mexico border, featuring Kendyl Salcito and Steven Leach, Truman Security Fellows
06/21/18, Texas Tribune, Trump’s National Guard deployment is based on falsehoods, by Coda Rayo-Garza, Truman Political Partner
06/18/18, MySA, He’s anti-immigrant and is a Trump nominee, by Coda Rayo-Garza, Truman Political Partner
06/20/18, The Washington Post, Separating children from their parents isn’t just immoral. It also threatens our national security, by Kendyl Salcito and Steven Leach, Truman Security Fellows