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
06/25/18, Siriusxm, Progress Presents, features Kendyl Salcito and Steven Leach, Truman Security Fellows
06/28/18, Greenwich Free Press, Residents to Rally Saturday for ‘Families Belong Together,’ Part of Nationwide Day of Action, features Truman National Security Project
06/21/18, Texas Tribune, Trump’s National Guard deployment is based on falsehoods, by Coda Rayo-Garza, Truman Political Partner
06/21/18, Medium, Questions for the U.S. Government in the Middle of the Night, by Varina Winder, Truman Security Fellow
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
06/26/18, The Seattle Times, For Native people, the trauma of family separation is nothing new, by Colleen Echohawk, Truman Political Partner
07/02/18, Arkansas Online, Heed our history don’t make the same mistakes, by Daniel Green, Truman Political Partner
070/6/18, The Hill, US military should fight enemies, not detain immigrants, by Mark Hannah, Truman Political Partner
07/16/18, Chicago Sun-Times, Unneeded task force puts naturalized citizens at risk, by David DeCarlo, Truman Security Fellow
07/21/18, Daily Camera, Americans must learn from nation's history and stand up for what's right, by Daniel Green, Truman Political Partner
07/23/18, Truman Doctrine Blog, Trump’s Immigration Policy Violates Our American Values, by Coda Rayo-Garza, Truman Political Partner