The Child Refugee Crisis: Our hearts are breaking...and we can find solutions
They are small, as small as our own children are now, or once were. They are alone and afraid.
Tens of thousands of child refugees from Central America are arriving alone at the U.S. border without anyone to protect them, many driven from their homes by organized crime, gangs, and violence.
Will you join me in speaking up for the child refugees? http://action.momsrising.org/sign/child_refugees/?source=blog
The average age of the child refugees is thirteen years old, and approximately 40% are girls. Even girls who are little more than preschool-aged are being targeted by gangs and criminals in Central America. Leaving their countries is often a last resort.
If these child refugees are sent back from the U.S., then many face additional threats of violence and even death.
This is a humanitarian emergency.
Let’s tell Congress and the President to make sure the immediate needs of these children are met and that they are all given due process. You can sign a letter here: http://action.momsrising.org/sign/child_refugees/?source=blog
For many of these children it's not a choice to leave their homes; it's their only option for safety, which makes them refugees. (A refugee is someone forced to leave his or her country for fear of violence or persecution.)
As a nation, we need to behave according to our values by treating all child refugees fairly and humanely during these difficult circumstances.
We must not forget: The child refugees are arriving at our border alone, afraid and without their parents or other protectors.
Will you help speak up for them? Tell Congress and the President to make sure the immediate needs of the child refugees are met and that they are all given due process: http://action.momsrising.org/sign/child_refugees/?source=blog
Together, we must be a strong voice for all children.