Take Action – Crisis on the Border: Unaccompanied Migrant Children
July 07, 2014
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) estimates that 90,000 unaccompanied children will flee to the United States in the current fiscal year, with 120,000 children seeking refuge next year. Many of these children are very young, with some reports indicating children as young as two or three are crossing the border without an adult.
“This is a humanitarian crisis that must be addressed immediately or it will continue to spiral out of control,” said Sister Patricia McDermott, president of the Sisters of Mercy.
Addressing this humanitarian crisis is a top priority for the Sisters of Mercy’s Institute Leadership Team. The Mercy President sent this letter to members of Congress on June 23, 2014, urging them to address this issue, and this letter was sent to President Obama by Mercy's Institute Leadership Team on July 4, 2014.
The Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas represents 12 countries, including Guatemala and Honduras. Through service in these countries, the Sisters of Mercy have witnessed the increased danger, violence and poverty faced by the children in their communities.
“The answer is not to further fortify the border but rather we call on Congress to conduct a full analysis of the root causes of this humanitarian crisis and how U.S. foreign policy, U.S. trade policy and the militarized approach to the “War on Drugs” are impacting the region,” said Sister Patricia. “This assessment must include the perspectives of non-governmental organizations, faith groups and local civil society organizations.”
Advocate with the Sisters of Mercy to call for action in addressing this crisis.
Pray with this prayer service and this prayer for children immigrating alone to be united with our brothers and sisters who are seeking refuge in the U.S.
For additional information on this crisis including background reports, resources and other ways to get involved, read this backgrounder prepared by the Sisters of Mercy Institute Justice Team.