I started a new job, working with Lutheran Services Carolina with the Unaccompanied Children Transitional Foster Care Program. Before I applied for the job, I did not take the time to think about the fact that children are crossing the border unaccompanied and undocumented. Sadly, when those children are apprehended by immigration, they are placed in detention centers. To make a long story short, I wish everyone would take some time to think about the reasons children are making such a long, dangerous trip.
You can do a You Tube search, and you will learn a great deal about the reasons why the children are leaving their countries of origin, the journey they have to endure, and the consequences of their actions once they enter US soil. As Christians you should find it in your heart to at least say a prayer for this vulnerable children, victims of a cruel world. There are plenty of ways you can help! You can volunteer your time and resources, you can become foster parents for this children, if you are an attorney you can volunteer your services to assist the children through the immigration process, etc.
Just to give you a rough idea…the children entering the states are coming from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Most of them are fleeing violence, gang recruitment, and poverty. Some of the unaccompanied children are being smuggled and trafficked, some are only 3-4 years old. The majority of those children just want a chance at a descent education, and better future, perhaps a hug and some love. So, before you judge, and accuse, and point fingers, remember we are all humans, we all make mistakes, and we all deserve to live in peace and have a way to take care of our basic needs. I am pretty sure that, at least, you can spare a few minutes of your day and say a heart-felt prayer for all those kids…who are placed in detention centers throughout the states…I am pretty sure you all can spread the word, that there is a need for foster parents for this children pro-bono legal representation, and lots of prayer for all.
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