Last week media outlets (The New York Times – 5/13/16) reported that the Obama Administration will initiate a new wave of raids to detain and deport Central American families and unaccompanied minors who have recently turned eighteen, despite the well-documented humanitarian and human rights crisis plaguing the Northern Triangle of Central America. El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala are currently experiencing some of the highest rates of homicide and violence in the world, resulting in the forced displacement of thousands of their citizens to neighboring countries, as well as to the U.S.
Many of those targeted for deportation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), have valid claims to humanitarian protection in the United States but lacked adequate legal representation or were fast tracked through legal proceedings without basic due process guarantees. (LEARN MORE: Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and U.S.-based Jesuit law schools involvement in advocating for legal representation of children in migration and asylum proceedings)
The targeting of these highly vulnerable children and families is part of an inhumane and inappropriate response to the current need for protection of Central American migrants. Returning endangered individuals to life-threatening circumstances is a violation of our most basic commitments as a nation. As a person of faith committed to supporting our endangered migrant brothers and sisters, JOIN the Ignatian Solidarity Network and Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States in urging our elected officials to STOP THE RAIDS targeting Central American children and families!