It's a simple holiday wish: having your family together. For many immigrant children, having mom or dad at home is all they want. In the first six months of 2011, 46,000 parents of children were torn away from their families and deported. Now, children are writing to Congress to ask for action to stop these deportations.
In states all over the United States, children have been drawing pictures and writing letters as part of a national day of action, which the A Wish for the Holidays campaign will drop off at congressional offices in Washington, D.C., Dec. 12.
A Wish for the Holidays is a project of We Belong Together, a collaboration of women’s and immigrant rights groups working to expose the negative impact of anti-immigrant policies on our families and communities, and to achieve a society that upholds possibility and dignity for all.
A Wish for the Holidays writes there are still ways you can help the campaign this week:
We want you to be a part of this important event—and we need your help! Here’s how you can join us:
- There’s still time to upload children’s letters to www.WeBelongTogether.org/wish. Please upload your letters by Wednesday.
- During the day on Wednesday, follow We Belong Together on Facebook and on Twitter (#womentogether) to get updates on the letter delivery and to send your messages of support to the members of the youth delegation.
- On Thursday, you can call your representative in Washington to urge her or him to read the children’s letters and take action to keep families together.
View a slideshow of letters from children in Florida below and view WomenTogether's Flickr photo stream for letters from more states:
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