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National Guard troops from the border until the federal policy of separating children from their families has been rescinded.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?

  • Andrea Mills
    signed 2018-06-20 19:01:00 -0400
  • Marilyn Varricchio
    signed 2018-06-20 19:00:48 -0400
  • Caitlin O'Neil
    signed 2018-06-20 18:57:17 -0400
    Caitlin O’Neil
  • Essie Howe
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-06-20 18:38:51 -0400
    Sign the petition: Urge Gov. Phil Scott: Keep Families Together
  • Essie Howe
    signed 2018-06-20 18:37:52 -0400
    This is child abuse. You mustn’t support this policy in ANY way !!
  • Melinda Gale
    signed 2018-06-20 18:37:40 -0400
    The vast majority of Americans are repulsed by the criminal behavior of the Trump administration in placing minor children in detention centers by themselves. Reunite these poor innocents with their families IMMEDIATELY!


    IMPEACH TRUMP and dismiss ALL his appointed flunkies. DEMAND an emergency election to replace his administration IMMEDIATELY.
  • Patricia Bosley
    signed 2018-06-20 18:37:37 -0400
  • Spencer Putnam
    signed 2018-06-20 18:37:08 -0400
    SPENCER C PUTNAM
  • Kathryn Casa
    signed 2018-06-20 18:36:50 -0400
  • Patricia Heather-Lea
    signed 2018-06-20 18:33:16 -0400
  • Jennifer Larsen
    signed 2018-06-20 18:32:20 -0400
    Jennifer Larsen
  • Joanna Mintzer
    signed 2018-06-20 18:31:21 -0400
  • Martha Hammond
    signed 2018-06-20 18:29:52 -0400
  • Jennifer Jacob
    signed 2018-06-20 18:27:29 -0400
  • Laurel Hammond
    signed 2018-06-20 18:27:04 -0400
    Do your job as a politician. Makes difference in the lives of innocent children.
  • Andy Sebranek
    signed 2018-06-20 18:22:14 -0400
  • Robert Groff
    signed 2018-06-20 18:19:26 -0400
    As the governor of Vermont, my governor, you must condemn the actions of this administration’s policy of separating families and the creation of ‘baby jails’. You must voice opposition in the strongest possible terms. Join with your fellow New England governors in taking a stand. Anything less than full condemnation is not acceptable.
  • Chelsea Frisbee
    signed 2018-06-20 18:16:28 -0400
  • Joseph Kaszas
    signed 2018-06-20 18:16:23 -0400
  • kevin leveret
    signed 2018-06-20 18:16:04 -0400
    close Trump’s concentration camps!

    Separating kids from their families breaks my heart. Separating kids from their families breaks international law, again breaking my heart.


    My own country’s department of “Justice” participates in separating kids from their families? How can i live with that?

    close Trump’s concentration camps!
  • Kathryn Tilton
    signed 2018-06-20 18:15:12 -0400
  • Mary Coventry
    signed 2018-06-20 18:12:04 -0400
  • Olivia Laramie
    signed 2018-06-20 18:11:17 -0400
  • Mary dallett
    signed 2018-06-20 18:10:34 -0400
    mary dallett
  • Louis Lionni
    signed 2018-06-20 18:10:33 -0400
  • Kit O'Connor
    signed 2018-06-20 16:56:22 -0400
    Kit O’Connor
  • Hector Briones
    signed 2018-06-20 16:53:15 -0400
  • Rights & Democracy
    published this page in Our Work 2018-06-20 15:18:31 -0400

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