Background: On May 7, the Trump administration formalized a policy of forcibly separating immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Since October, more than 700 children have been taken from their parents in this way, including more than 100 under the age of four. Delia* crossed the border with her 9-year-old son 10 months ago. Shortly after arrival, Border Patrol officers took her son away, telling her, “You may never see him again.” Mirian was separated from her 18-month old son when they arrived at the border in February. A caseworker at the shelter where he was placed told Mirian he “cried all the time” and was struggling with illness. Ms. L* had her 6-year-old daughter taken and placed in a shelter for four months (*Names changed to protect identity.)
Faith reflection: In Matthew 18, Jesus said, “Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father … So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.”
Action: Urge the White House and your members of Congress to end family separation at the border.
Other ways to take action:
- Sign a petition to honor immigrant moms
- Engage with your members of Congress on Twitter (sample tweets below)
- .[@SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE]: We need your leadership to protect families. Support policies that keep mothers and their children together, and reject family separation as a political tactic. #HonorImmigrantMoms #ValueOurFamilies #ValueOurMoms
- .[@SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE]: Today I’m asking you to #HonorImmigrantMoms who are being separated from their children at the border. Will you help? #ValueOurMoms #ValueOurFamilies
- .[@SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE]: Does America really value family if we are tearing mothers from their children? Please speak against family separation at the border. #ValueOurMoms #HonorImmigrantMoms
Action alert created May 16, 2018, by Tammy Alexander, Senior Legislative Associate for Domestic Affairs.
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