Action Alert: Ensure the Safety of Unaccompanied Child Migrants

June 30, 2014

The recent influx of unaccompanied child migrants to the U.S. has gotten the attention of many people around the world. The majority of these children are fleeing violent and unstable conditions in the Central American countries El Salvador, Guatemala, and
Honduras. Parents are forced to make the difficult decision to send their children to the U.S. due to the threat of violence in their home countries. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) recently completed a report to examine what is causing this increase in child migration.

Columban Missionaries are actively engaged in this humanitarian crisis at the Columban Mission Center House in El Paso, TX. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has reached out to many faith groups, including the Columbans, to help feed and house the high volume of migrants that are in need of refuge.

We are called to embrace the stranger and use our compassion to not only aid these children who are in need of relief and shelter, but to heal the wounds of conflict in these countries. Please take action by sending a letter to your representative, urging them to explore how the United States can respond in a humane and just way, in accordance with the teachings of our faith.

Thank you for continuing to stand in solidarity with God’s most vulnerable people.

Scott Wright
Director, Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach