Keep Families Together - Rights & Democracy VT

Urge Gov. Phil Scott: Keep Families Together

Governors from at least eight states (and of both political parties) have announced that they will withhold or recall National Guard troops from the border until the federal policy of separating children from their families has been rescinded. 

Gov. Phil Scott - a latecomer to recognizing this inhumanity - issued a statement on June 20th that said, "Families should be kept together, and all people should be treated humanely and with dignity."

The Trump Administration's actions to use indefinite, inhumane detention of families seeking freedom and asylum as both a political bargaining chip and an immigration deterrent not only violates longstanding international law, but human decency. Regardless of political party, we must condemn these acts in the strongest of terms.

As our governor, Gov. Phil Scott we ask that you do all you can to ensure that Vermont is not party to these illegal and inhumane actions.

Read RAD member Kelly Mangan's personal story of why this issue is of importance to ALL families and what inspired her to launch this petition.

386 signatures

We call on Gov. Phil Scott to follow the lead of other governors, and:

Publicly condemn the practice of placing families seeking freedom and asylum in detention camps. The Trump Administration's decision to hold families indefinitely hostage as a political negotiating tool and an immigration deterrent is an abhorrent act, a violation of international human rights law, and runs contrary to our values as Vermonters;

Demand the Trump Administration undertake an immediate reunification of children and families separated by these egregious policies;

Publicly commit that Vermont will not send our National Guard to ANY US border to enforce human rights abuses against families and children; and,

Publicly commit that Vermont law enforcement agencies will NOT cooperate with ICE raids, surveillance, and other actions in our communities. 

We call on Gov. Scott to do this immediately, and to show the state and country that he is willing to oppose injustice and protect children and families, regardless of political affiliation.

Will you sign?

  • Diana Grant
    signed 2018-06-20 21:18:01 -0400
    Do better !Own this take this,FEDERALIST lower court agenda to rest!
  • Jackie Babcock
    signed 2018-06-20 21:18:00 -0400
  • Susan Clark
    signed 2018-06-20 21:15:46 -0400
  • Bunny Daubner
    signed 2018-06-20 21:10:58 -0400
  • Rebecca Plummer
    signed 2018-06-20 21:10:38 -0400
  • Christina Thurston
    signed 2018-06-20 21:06:02 -0400
  • Robert Sarvis
    signed 2018-06-20 20:54:46 -0400
  • Sandra Batchelder
    signed 2018-06-20 20:51:51 -0400
  • Kelly Mangan
    signed 2018-06-20 20:38:32 -0400
  • Willow Broaddus
    signed 2018-06-20 20:38:25 -0400
    Willow Nicole Broaddus
  • Alexia Gagne
    signed 2018-06-20 20:30:06 -0400
  • Lindsay Enman
    signed 2018-06-20 20:20:19 -0400
    Reunite the children as soon as possible. The suffering that they are enduring is horrible. The negative effects of this disgusting treatment on theses children’s and their brain development will be life long- for many- fear, anxiety, depression , suicidal thoughts, actions and death, and for others attachment issues. And none of this needed to have happened to these vulnerable children. Reunite these children ASAP.
  • Lisa Kory
    signed 2018-06-20 20:15:13 -0400
  • Stephen Lobb
    signed 2018-06-20 19:54:02 -0400
    STEPHEN LOBB will be on bust from Montpelier to D.C.
  • Jessie Heiser
    signed 2018-06-20 19:52:23 -0400
  • Jane Alper
    signed 2018-06-20 19:49:34 -0400
    Jane Alper
  • Elise Doner
    signed 2018-06-20 19:48:29 -0400
  • Ilana Newton
    signed 2018-06-20 19:27:39 -0400
  • David Feurzeig
    signed 2018-06-20 19:22:21 -0400
  • Jody Paine
    signed 2018-06-20 19:12:26 -0400
  • Betty Clark
    signed 2018-06-20 19:10:25 -0400
  • Elizabeth Bammarito
    signed 2018-06-20 19:10:14 -0400
  • Don Sargent
    signed 2018-06-20 19:09:21 -0400
  • Barbarina Heyerdahl
    signed 2018-06-20 19:09:09 -0400
    Please take a stand against indefinitely detaining families seeking asylum. Yes, we need immigration reform, but it is wrong to use those seeking asylum as bargaining chips.
  • Ann Zimmerman
    signed 2018-06-20 19:07:56 -0400
    Ann zimmerman
  • Michael French
    signed 2018-06-20 19:03:38 -0400
    You are a good man Phil.

    Do the right thing here.

    Show the Vermont Heart.
  • George Voland
    signed 2018-06-20 19:03:26 -0400
    George Voland
  • linda cacopardo
    signed 2018-06-20 19:03:24 -0400
  • Jubilee McGill
    signed 2018-06-20 19:03:00 -0400
    Jubilee McGill
  • Patricia Barringer
    signed 2018-06-20 19:02:11 -0400

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