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June 30, 2018

families belong together
posted by soe 3:32 am

In the morning, I’ll be heading over to Lafayette Square, the park adjacent to the White House to take part in the Families Belong Together Rally.

I am the great-granddaughter of an illegal immigrant and the daughter-in-law of a refugee who came to this country as a girl. I know the great lengths people will go to in order to reach the United States. And I also know some of the things they’re escaping from.

Jenny’s story is not mine to share, but I will say that she arrived here as a 13-year-old girl who could speak three languages, including English. I cannot begin to imagine how great her trauma would have been if she’d been ripped from her mother’s arms after landing on our shore, separated from her family indefinitely, or held in a cage.

Tomorrow, I rally on her behalf and on behalf of every other family who comes to this country seeking a better life. Refugees do not come here for a vacation. Parents do not drag their children across hundreds of miles of deserts just on a whim. They come because they face unendurable, dangerous situations in their homeland and because once we claimed to be a country that didn’t believe in letting children suffer.

Please join me tomorrow in D.C. or at a rally near you to send a message to this administration that refugees and immigrants deserve to be treated humanely and that we as a nation believe that families belong together. I’m not positive what extraordinary steps will be necessary to reunite families ripped asunder at this point, particularly of very young children, but I believe we should do everything possible to make it happen. The soul of our nation depends on it.

Category: dc life,politics. There is/are 2 Comments.

I couldn’t agree more with your post. It’s the height of cruelty to separate families. So thanks for rallying. BTW, I saw some pictures of the D.C. rally online. I looked for you. Sure it was an extreme long-shot, but I looked anyway 🙂

Comment by Karen 06.30.18 @ 1:08 pm

I also agree with your post. Especially why people come here. I argued that point many years ago with another family member. No one gives up their ‘homeland’ unless they can no longer live there for what ever reasons, political, economic, safety.

Comment by Helen 06.30.18 @ 8:53 pm