Washington, DC – Today, nearly 340 faith leaders and people of faith, and 114 faith organizations—including 12 member organizations of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition—delivered a letter to Congress urging them to do more to reverse the harms caused by family separation. Under the Trump administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) separated over 5,500 migrant children from their parents at the U.S. southern border from 2017 to 2018. While many families have been reunited, they have not been provided the support they need to heal from the devastating trauma caused by prolonged family separation.
The signatories write:
Driven by their faith traditions to uphold and protect the “sanctity of family,” the 452 organizations and individuals close the letter stressing that reunification is only the beginning: “Now, we urge Congress and the administration to do more to heal those harmed by family separation. Without additional services, many families cannot and will not be successfully reunited.”
Read the complete letter and list of signatories here.