Hurricane Dorian has caused massive damage in the Bahamas.”But when Bahamian people attempted to enter the U.S. to seek refuge, Border Patrol sent them back. This is particularly egregious; Bahamian people are looking to come to the U.S. so they can be safe and access the supplies they need to live. But Donald Trump won’t allow it. He claims that the Bahamas are full of ‘very bad gang members,’ and other coded racist language to justify restricting Bahamian people’s access. It is unjust that our country’s leaders have instructed Border Patrol to turn Bahamian people away.
While the Trump Administration and Border Patrol continue to prohibit people who are seeking refuge from entering the U.S., The Boy Scouts of America continue to encourage their scouts to participate in the Law Enforcement Explorer Program, a training partnership that grooms scouts to become Border Patrol agents. At a time when Border Patrol is being used to carry out Trump’s racist, xenophobic agenda, is used to separate families at the border, and is used to prevent Bahamian people from seeking out safety in the U.S., it is unacceptable that the Boy Scouts provide their scouts for this program.
Write to the leaders of the Boy Scouts of America and tell them to end their partnership with Border Patrol.
Until justice is real,
—Brandi, Rashad, Arisha, Evan, Johnny, Future, Samantha, Eesha, Marcus, FolaSade, and the rest of the Color Of Change team
1. “Trump says Bahamas full of ‘very bad gang members’ as he doubles down on not letting Hurricane Dorian refugees in to U.S.,” The Independent, September 9, 2019, https://act.colorofchange.org/go/186144?t=8&akid=36746%2E1174326%2E-tjwvG
2. “Border Patrol Law Enforcement Explorer Program,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection, July 22, 2019, https://act.colorofchange.org/go/174140?t=10&akid=36746%2E1174326%2E-tjwvG
3. “Border Patrol Youth Program Trains Children as Young as 14 to Become Agents,” KUT News, November 20, 2017, https://act.colorofchange.org/go/174142?t=12&akid=36746%2E1174326%2E-tjwvG