The Separation of Immigrant Families
Recent news reports have highlighted a deeply troubling U.S. “zero tolerance” policy that separates children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Families, many of whom are fleeing violence in Central America and seeking the asylum protections offered to them under U.S. law, have been divided as parents are charged criminally and children, labeled as “unaccompanied,” have been transferred to the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services. This policy, designed to deter families from seeking safety in the U.S., has already had long-term traumatic impacts on vulnerable children.
In response, World Relief, The Justice Conference and We Welcome Refugees have created an advocacy campaign, as well as a number of resources, to help others understand the crisis better and speak out about it.
Take Action to Stop the Separation of Immigrant Families: an advocacy campaign, prompting advocates to take action by signing a petition or by contacting their members of Congress via calls and/or emails.
What You Need To Know About Families Separated At the Border: a blog post by Matthew Soerens, National Director of Church Mobilization for World Relief and co-author of Seeking Refuge and Welcoming the Stranger, detailing the ins and outs of this crisis
Immigration Infographic: a shareable graphic overviewing Matt's blog post.