Protect children and families fleeing violence

Last week, Congress headed home for its August recess without reaching an agreement on how to address increasing numbers of Central American children and families arriving at our border. Meanwhile, the Obama administration is opening new family detention centers and quickly deporting women and children, often without due process, back to the dangerous situations from which they fled.

There are several actions you and your congregation can take during August to help Central American migrants.


  • Letters still needed: Send a letter to your members of Congress and to President Obama urging them to treat Central American migrants with compassion and fairness.
  • Visit your legislators: The August Recess is a great time to visit your members of Congress in their home offices. (If you support the way they have voted on this issue, be sure to tell them that.) Meeting tips | talking points | find local offices: HouseSenate
  • Local actions: Some cities are passing resolutions to welcome children and families. In other cities, local advocates are organizing prayer vigils to welcome immigrants.

For more information, visit our new Central American migration resource page.

“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” (Matthew 18:3-5)

(MCC Photo/Dan Marschka)

Alert prepared by Tammy Alexander, Senior Legislative Associate for Domestic Affairs, August 8, 2014.