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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator


Here's the message we sent to our members. After you've read it, please add your voice.

The HUMANE Act is inhumane and sends children to their death. Will you demand justice and reject hate? 

Biden Children at Border

Tell the Senate and Pres. Obama:

STOP THE HUMANE ACT. Don't deport our children!

Dear Friend,

We just got the White House's attention.

This afternoon, leaders from Presente and United We Dream interrupted Vice President Joe Biden's speech at one of the nation's biggest progressive political conference to send one very important message: don't deport our children.

The situation is dire.

This week the Obama Administration already started sending the first group of children back to Honduras — and the House and Senate are ramming through a bill, deceptively named the ‘HUMANE Act’, that would speed up deportations of Central American refugee children. If it passes, President Obama is likely to sign it — despite a pledge not to send kids back home to their deaths.1

To stop the deportations, the media needs to hear the voices of folks like you: people who will stand up to any effort to throw families and innocent children back to extreme gang violence and poverty.

Click here to sign the petition telling President Obama and the US Senate: Do not deport innocent children back to Central America. Do not pass the HUMANE Act.

The bill, introduced by Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar (NM-28) in the House and Texas Republican Senator Cornyn in the Senate is anything but ‘humane’. It’s a dehumanizing — deportations-only approach.

The bill would roll back key protections for children that were signed into law through the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008. The law prohibits the immediate deportation of Central American children who are threatened by violence and abuse in their home countries.

President Obama has expressed that he’s ready to sign the bill in exchange for a $3.7 billion emergency funding request that includes a mix of funding for more border militarization, detention facilities, and a media campaign to dissuade Central Americans from coming to the U.S.2

More than ever, our message that it's immoral to further dehumanize families and children who are victims of violence and poverty needs to break through to the public debate on this issue. We need to treat the Central American refugee children with compassion by protecting them, not deporting them to their likely deaths.

Tell the Senate and President Obama: Don’t send children back to their death. Do not pass and the sign the misleading HUMANE ACT.

Thanks and ¡adelante!

Mariana, Refugio, Arturo, Erick, Erica, Luis, and the rest of the Presente.org team

P.S. Can you donate $5 to support our work? We rely on contributions from people like you to see campaigns like this through.


1. This Bill Is Dubbed The HUMANE Act, But It Actually Hurts The Migrant Kids It Claims To Protect, Think Progress, July 17 2014

2. The process Congress wants to use for child migrants is a disaster, Vox, July 15, 2014