With all of the bad news happening today, I sometimes feel like building a fortress around myself. But working with cities in New Mexico to help migrant families are strong reminders of “the good” news.
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When I was first trained to be a Save the Children Emergency Responder, I was ready to respond to the next natural disaster. Little did I know that instead, I’d be at the U.S./Mexico border providing much needed respite to families.
I just spent 3 weeks working with children at the U.S. border. This is what’s really happening there.
For 3 weeks, I joined Save the Children programs at the U.S. southern border in New Mexico. Here are some of the many insights I gained while serving families and children seeking asylum within the United States.
The border crisis hits home, literally. Born and raised in New Mexico, there is a lot I love about my home state – namely the people’s open hearts. I had the incredible privilege to visit Deming where volunteers support asylum seekers with food, clothing, shelter and health screenings. Here’s what I saw.
Today, an estimated 3,500 people – including children – are fleeing extreme poverty and violence and seeking refuge in the U.S. They deserve to be treated with compassion and respect.
The prolonged and indefinite detention of immigrant and refugee children is without question an attack on the core values of the United States and will fundamentally change the way the U.S. treats vulnerable children. We must take action today to protect children from further harm.
Numerous researchers, doctors and mental health professionals have highlighted the negative impact of the family separation policy on children. We need to reunite these families immediately.
Children are negatively impacted by indefinite family detention, with their well-being at risk. Here are 5 harmful long-term effects of family detention on children.