On June 30, 2018, thousands of rallies, marches and demonstrations were staged in cities and towns across the U.S. to protest the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant families. Three thousand Humboldt County residents and spiritual leaders also took to the streets that day to express our shock and outrage at Trump’s inhumane treatment of children and families.

While the momentum of this movement has waned somewhat since the president announced that he was ending his policy of family separation, families are still being torn apart due to Trump’s harsh immigration policies.

If you are concerned about this, there is still something you can do: Vote yes on Measure K, the Humboldt County sanctuary measure!

A component of this measure would allow families to decide who will take care of their children if a parent is held for deportation. Vulnerable children deserve the right to grow up healthy and free from trauma, regardless of their family’s immigration status.It will also give immigrant parents the peace of mind to take their kids to school, to church or the doctor’s office, without fear of being targeted for deportation. And it will help to keep precious dollars and resources here in our community instead of being hijacked for an unfunded mandate.

This is your opportunity to do something to affirm the basic humanity and dignity of immigrant families. Vote yes on Measure K! Thank you.

Lisa Pelletier, Arcata

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