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National Guard troops from the border until the federal policy of separating children from their families has been rescinded.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

  • Claudia Rose
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-06-26 09:03:00 -0400
    Sign the petition: Urge Gov. Phil Scott: Keep Families Together
  • Donia Prince
    signed 2018-06-25 21:44:27 -0400
  • Jane Osgatharp
    signed 2018-06-25 17:49:27 -0400
  • Alexa Woodward
    signed 2018-06-25 15:24:13 -0400
  • Paula Schramm
    signed 2018-06-25 11:07:48 -0400
    Gov. Scott is a Republican, and it is his party that, so far, is standing behind Republican President Donald Trump and has majority power in Congress supporting these unjust and abusive immigration policies . Our Governor really needs to step up and make it clear that he will not condone shameful policies that keep families apart and criminalize the completely legal right to seek asylum…..and that he will take clear action against these policies.
  • Simone Arms
    signed via 2018-06-25 10:43:10 -0400
  • Anna Niemiec
    signed 2018-06-25 10:29:52 -0400
  • Carolyn Wesley
    signed 2018-06-25 10:05:00 -0400
    Carolyn Wesley
  • Ali Johnson
    signed 2018-06-25 09:42:21 -0400
    My adopted sister did not survive human trafficking, unjust U.S. imprisonment, and ultimately obtain citizenship just so she could enable unfair treatment of asylum seekers. In her honor, please make a statement in favor of immigration rights.
  • Ronald Meunier
    signed via 2018-06-25 08:59:06 -0400
    Ronald Meunier
  • Jennifer Callahan
    signed 2018-06-25 08:46:46 -0400
  • Dina Kail
    signed 2018-06-25 06:36:42 -0400
  • Nancy Fogel
    signed 2018-06-24 22:07:44 -0400
  • Janice SolekTefft
    signed 2018-06-24 21:46:23 -0400
  • Margaret Wallace
    signed via 2018-06-24 21:45:21 -0400
    As a voter and sixth generation Vermonter, i urge you to do the right and moral thing, and show that Vermont does not support the current Administration’s anti immigration stance and policies.

    thank you,

    Margaret Wallace
  • Tracy Ferrell
    signed 2018-06-24 21:31:08 -0400
  • Biza Bemak
    signed via 2018-06-24 21:27:29 -0400
  • Reba Porter
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-06-24 21:26:51 -0400
    Sign the petition: Urge Gov. Phil Scott: Keep Families Together
  • Rebecca Porter
    signed 2018-06-24 21:26:22 -0400
  • John Benoit
    signed 2018-06-24 14:02:54 -0400
  • Virginia Nickerson
    signed 2018-06-24 13:48:08 -0400
    Virginia Nickerson
  • Barbara Wynroth
    signed 2018-06-24 13:43:19 -0400
  • Paul Manganiello
    signed 2018-06-24 13:39:21 -0400
  • Kim Lang
    signed 2018-06-24 11:58:27 -0400
  • Timothy O'Dell
    signed 2018-06-24 10:07:40 -0400
    regarding ongoing “management” of refugees at the US’s southern border and elsewhere:

    Since our concern . . impelled us . . . to . . .

    Urge the mind to aftersight and foresight,

    Let me disclose the gifts reserved for age

    To set a crown upon your lifetimes’ effort. . . .

    . . . And last, the pain of re-enactment of all that you have done, and been;

    The shame of motives late revealed, and the awareness

    Of things ill done and done to others’ harm

    Which once you took for exercise of virtue.

    Then fools’ approval stings and honour stains.

    adapted from T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding”
  • Linxsay Goldsmith
    signed 2018-06-24 10:07:22 -0400
  • Catherine Noftz
    signed 2018-06-24 10:05:22 -0400
    Catherine M Noftz
  • Ellen Thompson
    signed 2018-06-24 10:02:03 -0400
  • Shaun Stephens
    signed 2018-06-24 09:32:16 -0400
  • Beth Hartmann
    signed 2018-06-24 09:20:01 -0400
    Act now!!!


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