The situation of migrant children and families on our southern border is complex and changing rapidly.
In May 2018, there was a significant increase in family separation at our southern border and, in recent months we’ve seen a startling acceleration in this trend. From May 6 through May 19 alone, 658 children were separated from their parents, and this number has now climbed to over 2,300 separated children. This is a direct result of the “zero-tolerance” policy which criminally charges all apprehended parents – including asylum seekers – crossing into the United States between ports of entry.
The facts are: desperate families fleeing domestic and gang violence will not be deterred when staying in Central America means risking the lives of their children and loved ones.
Now, the federal government is working to reunify children and parents while their asylum cases are determined in court. LSS/NCA staff is working with assigned families and supporting them through this journey. These families need comfort, food, clothing, and other immediate assistance.
LSS/NCA is able to provide 90 days of case management support to each family as they await for their asylum case to be determined in order to access further asylum benefits. In most cases, this waiting process may continue for up to 12 months. or longer. With your help, we can continue to support these families, send the children to school, and provide the assistance they need to recover from their traumatic past. This is happening now. Please donate today.