Sign the petition: Tell Gov. Branstad to help child refugees

The petition below was started by Matt Hildreth, a CREDO activist in Larchwood, Iowa. Matt started a petition on CREDO Mobilize, where activists can launch their own campaigns for progressive change. Will you help Matt pressure Iowa Governor Terry Branstad to help the federal government find locations in Iowa to temporarily house child refugees by signing the petition and sharing it with your friends and family?

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Sign the petition: Tell Gov. Branstad to help child refugees who are fleeing violence.

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Dear 5849376,

There's a growing humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border as tens of thousands of children flee gang violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador and brave a dangerous border crossing in search of safety. It's time that governors across the U.S. step up to help care for them.

As the White House ramps up its efforts to address this humanitarian crisis, we need to make sure our state leaders are doing their part to ensure that child refugees are treated in a humane way and not rushed back to extremely dangerous situations in their countries of origin.

Fortunately, Governors Martin O'Malley of Maryland and Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, have stepped up and are offering locations in their states to temporarily house these children. But with thousands of child refugees still in need, we need Governor Branstad to step up and protect the children.

CREDO activist Matt Hildreth started a campaign on CREDOMobilize.com, which allows activists to start their own petitions. The petition, which is to Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, asks the following:

Tens of thousands of child refugees fleeing violence in Central America have crossed the U.S. border and are in need of humane treatment at temporary shelters. Urge Governor Branstad to immediately step up by helping the federal government find locations in Iowa to temporarily house toddlers and young children, who are being subjected to deplorable conditions in border patrol jails.

Tell Governor Branstad to step up and help child refugees.

Conservative politicians, pundits, and extreme anti-immigration activists advocate sending these children back to certain death. Texas Governor Rick Perry has even deployed National Guard troops to secure the border rather than provide humanitarian aid. Sending soldiers to face off with children is unacceptable.

These children are not criminals. They deserve humane treatment, shelter, and appropriate legal protections. Members of Congress and the United Nations have made it clear that these children are in fact refugees who are "deserving of protection under international and domestic law."

It doesn't matter what your governor's position on immigration reform is -- sheltering children who are fleeing violence is something that all states should support. This is about our obligation to protect children in the midst of a major humanitarian crisis.

Will you join Matt and add your name to the petition urging Governor Branstad to help protect child refugees?

Thanks for joining CREDO and standing up for children.

Murshed Zaheed, Deputy Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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