American Jews will not be fooled by Trump's Executive Order

June 20, 2018

This afternoon, President Trump signed an executive order that claims to end family separation, but will in fact still separate families, and does nothing to solve the crisis he created with his “zero-tolerance” prosecution policy.1

We can’t be fooled: the criminalization of immigrants will continue, including people exercising their legal right to seek asylum. Immigrant families will be kept in jails unsafe for children. And the Administration has no plan to reunite thousands of separated children.

Here are 4 ways to continue the fight:

1. Write your local paper about family separation. Public pressure is critical in every outlet, including local and national newspapers (which are read daily by Members of Congress and the Administration). We’ve put together a tool you can use to submit a letter to the editor called “American Jews declare a state of moral emergency.”

2. Sign up Jewish organizations. Over 140 Jewish institutions have signed the declaration of moral emergency. Are you affiliated with any you think should sign on? Send them this link:

3. Join a June 30th Families Belong Together event. There are events in every corner of the country to protest family separation and baby jails, and send a clear message of moral opposition to Trump and his Republican enablers in Congress. We invite you to join these events if it’s within your Shabbat practice.

4. Support this work. Help Bend the Arc continue to mobilize the Jewish community in response to this crisis. Your donation will help us do this critical work and plan for escalation, in close partnership with our allies at immigrant-led organizations.


“Nazis separated me from my parents as a child. The trauma lasts a lifetime,” is an article published in The Guardian this week.

The Jewish author writes, "I know from experience that the Trump-sanctioned brutality at the US border with Mexico will scar its child victims for life."2

I know how difficult this moment is for the Jewish community. I see our trauma, and I see our perseverance. If you have the time and energy, please join other Jewish activists responding to this moment.

The good news is that our collective outrage is making a difference. Over 15,000 of you — plus over 140 Jewish institutions — signed the declaration of a state of moral emergency. Thank you for sounding the alarm.

This crisis isn’t over, we are still in a state of moral emergency. Families belong together in communities, not cages. Children and families are crying out for justice. And don’t be distracted by the various proposals in Congress — this policy can end with one phone call from the President. We will keep fighting until we put an end to the criminalization of immigrants and refugees.


1. “Trump’s Plan To Stop Family Separations Is To Detain Families Together,” Huffington Post.
2. “Nazis separated me from my parents as a child. The trauma lasts a lifetime,” The Guardian.