Caring for Families Separated at our Border
In recent months, thousands of children have been separated from their parents, and still more are at risk of being jailed in detention centers along with their families.
LIRS is doing everything we can to fight the practice of family separation through our national advocacy efforts, and we’re also working to ensure these children are either reunited with their families or brought into safe, nurturing, child-friendly environments and given the counseling and resources needed to heal from this traumatic experience.
Through our national network of partners, we are providing basic needs support and transportation for the families who have been reunited so far.
The recent policy has really stretched our network’s resources.
How You Can Help
Make A Gift
Your gift will help us address the most urgent needs facing these families and maintain our capacity to continue serving them. The LIRS network is working to provide support services—including temporary housing, basic supplies, and legal/health support referrals—to recently-reunited families.
Call Your Elected Officials
Ask them to demand an end to the “zero tolerance policy” that jails asylum seekers for exercising their right to seek asylum, and ask them to support the Keep Families Together Act to permanently put an end to the practice of separating children from their parents.
Become a Guardian Angel through the ELCA’s AMMPARO program to help accompany migrant children and families to their immigration hearings. Or plug into a local detention visitation program to make a difference for those locked up in immigration detention.
The situation at our southern border is complex and changing rapidly. To help you better understand what’s happening, LIRS has put together a list of answers to some of the most common questions.
Thank you for standing with LIRS in our efforts to protect children and families at our border.