“We expressed our concern over the current debate that is focusing on sending the children back while we believe it should be focusing on the care and safety of the children.”—Doug Brunson, UCCLM Committee on Border Justice
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Over 50,000 young children have crossed the border to seek refugee status in the U.S. this year. Some are fleeing gang violence and drug trafficking, others are escaping grinding poverty or trying to reunite with family already in the United States. Many have paid large sums to smugglers and made dangerous journeys atop trains to get here from Central America, only to be placed in overcrowded, often unhealthy holding facilities while awaiting determination of their status by understaffed courts. Some have also endured the verbal abuse of militant protestors seeking to banish them back to the horrors from which they fled.
Inspired by The Rev. Kaji Douŝa’s sermon on Sunday, July 13, members of the United Church of Christ of La Mesa gathered to discuss the child immigration crisis and how the congregation, as a justice-oriented church, should respond.