Many of us will be spending time with family this week — but numerous others won’t have this opportunity. Whether isolated in immigrant detention facilities, separated by deportation, or living in fear of heightened immigration enforcement, millions of families will not be able to be together.
That is why the National Domestic Workers Alliance is working to unite the women's and immigrant rights movements with A Wish for the Holidays, a national campaign to collect letters from children and youth around the country expressing one united wish: an end to detentions and deportations so that all families can stay together. Our goal is to collect over 5,000 letters and deliver these to the President and key leaders in Congress in early December.
During your Thanksgiving gatherings, can you coordinate letter writing with the children and youth in your life?
We’re nearing the end of our campaign, and the first letters are starting to come in. Children and youth around the country are eloquently speaking out!
We’ve heard from a 10-year-old boy in California who knows the pain of family separation first hand:
“My uncle has been deported to Mexico City and his family is very unhappy. I see my aunt cry when she does the things he likes and his kids say they miss him so much. The little one is really sick and really sad. Because he doesn’t want to eat, he doesn’t play as much. I know he cries a lot because he misses his dad.”
We’ve also heard from a thirteen-year-old girl with a profound sense of fairness:
“A couple of my friends lost their parents...It’s not fair how I get to keep my parents and children of all ages don’t get to keep theirs.”
And another girl reminds us that there’s a lot of work to be done, and issues us all a call to action:
“Every Christmas kids are writing letters to Santa asking for their parents, for their families. Everyone should write a letter including this. Let’s start now.”
Can you start now? Help us reach our goal of 5,000 letters by the end of the month. Everything you’ll need to coordinate children’s letter writing can be found at www.WeBelongTogether.org/wish. Remember there’s no time to lose: letters should be mailed to us by November 30th.
A Wish for the Holidays is a project of We Belong Together, a collaboration of women’s and immigrant rights groups dedicated to highlighting the impact of immigration enforcement on women and children.
Thank you for helping us make this powerful wish.
Ai-jen Poo, National Domestic Workers' Alliance and
Miriam Yeung, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum
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