Family unity is sacred. Every person has the right to seek safety. These are some of the most basic tenets of Catholic Social Teaching.
Recent policies from the administration stand in direct contradiction to these core values. The administration is actively separating families seeking asylum at our borders. Families are then detained separately and often unable to find each other; some are being deported without each other.
This enforcement tactic is inhumane and creating incredible trauma in children and parents. Seeking asylum is not against the law, yet this directive from the administration, along with a number of other recent policies, effectively shut off access to asylum and criminalize those seeking it. The answer to this practice, however, is not to detain families together. We must not replace one trauma with another.
As people of faith we must respond. Call your Member of Congress today and urge them to stand for family unity!