Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.
– Hebrews 13:1
Update: On June 20, 2018 the Presidential Administration passed an executive order reversing its policy of separating children from their parents at the border and allowing families to instead be detained together. This is progress and a small victory, but there is still work to be done.
“We are encouraged that the Administration has stopped the policy of child separation. While this policy should never have existed, this will now give Congress time to find a legislative solution that is child-focused and compassionate. These issues are complex, and we look forward to working with Congress on the specifics of legislation so that critical child protections, particularly those included in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, are not eroded.”
–Lisa Bos, World Vision Director of Government Relations
World Vision Urges U.S. Government to Protect Children and Families in Immigration Detention.
As a child-focused Christian organization, World Vision believes that God intended that children be cared for and protected in a family environment, and urges the U.S. Government to find family-centered and child-focused solutions to immigration detention.
While the U.S. needs to address real concerns about our immigration system, children and families should not suffer in the process. The single most important relationship for all children, especially those at risk of violence or in high-stress situations, is that of a parent. Separating children from their parents can have a devastating long-term effect on children’s mental, physical, and emotional development.
As a Christian organization, we believe God calls us to be His co-workers in defending the vulnerable, the marginalized, and the powerless. Jesus tells His disciples to “bring the little children unto me.”
We call for a compassionate response for all the children and families involved.
Photo: A 24-year-old woman and her 4-year-old son arrived at Sacred Heart after going through the U.S. Border Patrol Processing Center on July 31, 2014, after a month-long journey from El Salvador. ©2014 World Vision, Eugene Lee