Today we learned that President Trump is pursuing even more severe immigration policies, including a return to separating immigrant parents from their children at the border. Last June, I joined Americans all over in protesting this inhumane policy – because families belong together.
It’s not just that injustice is happening at our border – this happens in our own community. A social worker recently told me a horrific story – a Herndon high school student and undocumented immigrant had just left his part-time job and was detained by ICE at a bus stop in McLean. After being detained for months, he fell behind in school, and because of the trauma, he has yet to return. The best we can say is that at least he is back home with his family, and not still detained.
We can all agree that this type of terrifying interruption to a child’s life has devastating consequences, not only to his emotional growth but also to his educational success and financial future. We need to keep fighting these barbaric, unjust policies on the national level, and take action in our own community as well.
I have signed the Fairfax For All pledge, which was created by a coalition of immigrants’ rights advocacy organizations. It seeks to ensure human rights, respect, and dignity of every person. It ends our county’s volunteer collaboration with ICE.
When I’m elected Chair, I will stand up for these values and represent everyone who lives in our county. Please join me in standing up for all of Fairfax.