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National Guard troops from the border until the federal policy of separating children from their families has been rescinded.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

  • Susan Altoft
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-06-22 01:04:57 -0400
    Sign the petition: Urge Gov. Phil Scott: Keep Families Together
  • Susan Altoft
    signed 2018-06-22 01:03:32 -0400
    Susan G Altoft
  • Leslie Noble
    signed 2018-06-21 23:51:01 -0400
  • Mara Schiff
    signed 2018-06-21 23:21:50 -0400
  • Cheryl Van Epps
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-06-21 22:53:37 -0400
    Sign the petition: Urge Gov. Phil Scott: Keep Families Together
  • Cheryl Van Epps
    signed 2018-06-21 22:52:57 -0400
    As a lifetime advocate member of American Society for Professionals in Patient Safety, I know first hand how important it is that we ensure nurses and hospital staff are satisfied with their employment conditions and work environment. Their professional wellness directly affects the quality of our patient care. And one day that patient will be us.
  • Sarah Guth
    signed 2018-06-21 22:47:26 -0400
  • Kathryn McCurdy
    signed 2018-06-21 22:18:15 -0400
  • kathleen Benitez Martinez
    signed 2018-06-21 21:40:34 -0400
  • Liz Courtney
    signed 2018-06-21 21:35:01 -0400
  • Medora Jensen
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-06-21 21:17:14 -0400
    Sign the petition: Urge Gov. Phil Scott: Keep Families Together
  • Medora Jensen
    signed 2018-06-21 21:16:47 -0400
  • David Conrad
    signed 2018-06-21 21:14:44 -0400
  • Lynne Gedanken
    signed 2018-06-21 21:04:27 -0400
  • Erin Hurley
    signed 2018-06-21 21:02:35 -0400
    Separating children from their parents is against the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (signed in 1995 by the USA). It states that “a child shall not be separated from his or her parents against their will.” I have worked for UNICEF doing Situation Analyses of Women and Children in various countries; I understand what’s at stake when a country fails to protect children’s rights.
  • Sarah Launderville
    signed 2018-06-21 20:54:18 -0400
  • Debi Hron
    signed 2018-06-21 20:41:17 -0400
    Debi Hron
  • Marilyn Hackett
    signed 2018-06-21 20:12:59 -0400
  • Sarah Cleary
    signed 2018-06-21 17:31:51 -0400
  • Carol Davis
    signed 2018-06-21 17:29:18 -0400
    Governor Scott, we are counting on you to stand against this incredible, despicable policy that deeply hurts families who seek safety.
  • Joanna Hamlin
    signed 2018-06-21 16:57:22 -0400
    Joanna Hamlin
  • js sherr-dulude
    signed 2018-06-21 16:26:18 -0400
    I’d like to see everyone involved in the Trump policy of separating children at the boarder, be brought to justice for crimes against humanity.
  • James Haslam
    signed 2018-06-21 16:23:43 -0400
    James Haslam
  • Kara Lenorovitz
    signed 2018-06-21 15:39:32 -0400
    Not with my money and not in my name.
  • Sarah Ingersoll
    signed 2018-06-21 14:42:24 -0400
  • Meredith O'Neill
    signed 2018-06-21 14:42:15 -0400
  • Leah Fury
    signed 2018-06-21 14:36:43 -0400
  • Krista Cantrell
    signed 2018-06-21 14:26:00 -0400
  • Kim Kaufman
    signed 2018-06-21 14:19:03 -0400
  • Janet Patterson
    signed 2018-06-21 14:05:38 -0400

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