Families are being separated, ask Congress to keep them together!
Recently, the Department of Homeland Security(DHS) confirmed
it has begun
to target parents and caretakers of unaccompanied children for deportation
and possible criminal charges. This means that parents of children fleeing
violence who are looking for better lives can face charges for trying to
provide safety for their families. As Christians, we know that Jesus is present
among the most vulnerable. Policies that harm these families do not honor our
As the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) targets
families, Congress is figuring out how much money they will allocate to the
agency for next fiscal year. The
Administration has requested an additional $4.5 billion, (23% more than the 2016
budget), to expand detentions and deportations. This increase will come at the
expense of programs that assist low-income and middle-income families in the
U.S., provide life-saving care for people overseas, and fund assistance for
refugees domestically and abroad.
Last year, the ELCA Church Council passed the AMMPARO strategy to strengthen our
church’s commitment to accompany Central American children and families that
have fled violence, persecution, hunger and poverty or environmental
degradation. We have been blessed to see the faces of and pray together with
the children and families that DHS is targeting today. They are not security
threats; they are our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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