DeSantis and Abbott’s reelections further embolden them and their allies to play their political games with immigrants’ lives and futures. DeSantis flew unknowing families to Martha’s Vineyard. And for months, Abbott has bused people seeking safety out of Texas and dropped them off in Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. We’ve seen this all before — politicians stoking fear to rile up their base. America has not forgotten the shame of family separation, when children were ripped from their parents and locked in cages. We know that when politicians use immigrant children and families as political props — real people get hurt.
Despite these cruel, divisive, and inhumane political stunts, we know that more people stand on the side of welcome and kindness. We are ready to fight back. From donating clothing and food to finding safe places to stay, from offering translation support to connecting people with medical care, everyday people are showing exactly what a welcome can look like for families fleeing danger and seeking a chance at a better life in the United States.
Our movement of people who #ChooseWelcome is growing, and anyone across the country can sign the #ChooseWelcome pledge. Take a minute to add your name to the list of people saying to politicians: there are more people who stand on the side of welcome and dignity than cruelty.
Together, we can build a welcoming support system that reflects our core values as a country – the kind we know we’re capable of. We are here to say that we’ll meet every bus, every plane with welcome, every time.