URGENT - Your help is needed to save 3000 children 14th April 2016 Calais Action
Post date: 31-Aug-2016 18:19:06
Yesterday Calais Action were back in Parliament for a meeting with Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, discussing the next step in the campaign to help 3,000 unaccompanied children in Europe that we have been working on since the end of last year. This campaign is to bring these children from living rough out in the cold across Europe and safely into the UK.As you may know, the "Dubs Amendment" to the Immigration Bill (which would make the acceptance of 3,000 children UK law) was recently passed by the House of Lords but we now have to ensure it is passed in the Commons. Labour and the Lib Dems are in favour, however the Conservatives, as you may have seen in the press are against it. David Cameron believes that if the children are taken from Europe it will encourage more to come. However, there is absolutely zero evidence of this "pull factor".They also say that once children are in Europe they are safe. This is absolutely, dangerously not true. Save the Children found that of the unaccompanied minors being registered across the route, 50% of them tested positive for STI's. Interpol say that 10,000 registered children have gone missing since last alone, whilst making the journey. Ten thousand. We must do ALL we can to protect them from trafficking and sexual exploitation in Europe. There have been around 90,000 unaccompanied children throughout the crisis, and 3000 should only be the start. But we NEED to get this vote pushed through. Not only will it save thousands of children from unspeakable danger, but it can set a precedent for other countries to do the same.Winning the vote will involve persuading as many Conservative MPs as possible to vote with their conscience and for the amendment. If you live in a Conservative constituency we urge you as a matter of urgency to email your MP to ask them to vote in favour. But even if you don't, please email them TOO!! We have around 2 weeks before it goes to the commons.Below is a link for easily emailing your MP from the Refugee Task Force, a cross party website that also comprises ourselves, Save the Children and a number of other NGOs.
We must do what Britain has always done, as with the Kinder transport in 1939 and get these children to safety.