Defend the Rights of the Poor: Tell Congress to Pass Immigration Reform
Rosa tends to the family live stock, a usual task for many children in rural Guatemala where she lives. Child malnutrition rates are also among the highest in the world causing an annual GDP loss estimated at $300m. Immigration reform must address the poverty and hunger that drives migration. (Joseph Mollieri/Bread for the World)
By Eric Mitchell
Tens of thousands of unaccompanied children are crossing the southern U.S. border. In their home countries, many of these children face violence, extreme poverty, and hunger. With hopes for a better future for their children, parents have made the difficult decision to send their children thousands of miles away to escape the horrible conditions at home.
Your Representative needs to hear from you! We need to flood their offices with calls and emails in the next 48 hours.
Politics may be blocking comprehensive immigration reform, but Congress shouldn’t wait to act! This issue is more than just law enforcement or what happens at the border. Congress must address the root causes of migration.
Can you take two minutes right now to contact your Representative? Simply say: I urge you to pass legislation that supports development-assistance programs, especially those addressing migration push factors, including hunger and poverty.
Call (800-826-3688) or email your U.S. representative today and urge for a vote on immigration reform.
If we support successful development programs in countries like Honduras and Guatemala, we can help to not only reduce hunger and poverty, but also the likelihood of parents sending their children to migrate alone to the United States.
There are only a few days left before Congress leaves for its August recess. Our faith calls us to “defend the rights of the poor.”
Please help us get calls and emails to Congress in the next 48 hours.
Eric Mitchell is the director of government relations as Bread for the World.
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