ICE · Immigrants · Immigration

San Antonio’s RAICES needs help for immigrant mothers and children

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Photo Courtesy: RAICES

RAICES a nonprofit in San Antonio is dealing with 500 immigrant families that were left Sunday night by ICE at the center’s door. These are families who were released from private Texas prisons where they were being held.

RAICES is a refugee and immigrant center for education and legal services. Sunday night volunteers and workers had to hurry and find supplies, donations and even room for the mothers and their children. It appears ICE did not have a plan for this release. Here is what RAICES posted on Facebook Sunday night:

We need your help more than ever! Over 500 families were dropped off in San Antonio after being held in private prisons. Their disorganization led to the mothers to be released well past midnight of this past Sunday!

PLEASE HELP, GIVE WHAT YOU CAN

RAICES shared its immediate needs on Facebook. Please check out the list and do what you can to help these families.

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Photo courtesy: RAICES

1. Money! We spent over $1,700 on mattresses and bedding last night alone to accommodate everyone. You can donate here: www.raicestexas.org/pages/casa

2. In-kind donations of bottled water, medicine (most kids leaving detention are sick!), pens, diapers, and baby wipes. We also need extra cell phones for families to call their families in the United States. We have hundreds sharing 2 cell phones. In-kind donations can be dropped off at 1443 S. St. Mary’s St. in San Antonio. To have supplies be shipped order from: http://a.co/eg9Rndj

3. Spanish speaking volunteers are still needed. RAICES staff have been up past 3am the last two nights helping families. We need your support. People interested in volunteering should email volunteer@raicestexas.org

Please spread the word. And #EndFamilyDetention 

Contact information for RAICES: Call (210) 226-7722

BACKGROUND ON RAICES

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Photo Courtesy: RAICES

RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) was founded and incorporated in 1986 under the name of the Refugee Aid Project. During this time, Central Americans flooded into Texas after fleeing the civil wars and social upheavals of El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Several churches and religious orders answered the needs of the new arrivals by providing food, clothing, language classes, housing, medical and legal referrals. The agency provided a forum for San Antonians to meet the new arrivals and learn first hand about the situation in Central America.

Rebecca Aguilar is the founder of Wise Latinas Linked, a social media networking group on Facebook and LinkedIn for Latinas with more than 8,000 members. 

 

Immigration · Latinas · Politics

A Wise Latina reminds us how the 9/11 tragedy brought us together, but today hate is tearing us apart

9/11 Fountain Memorial Photo by Rebecca Aguilar
9/11 Fountain Memorial
Photo by Rebecca Aguilar

Jessica Yanez-Perez is like many Americans today, remembering the tragedy of 9/11. But she also reminds us that 9/11 brought us together as a country, and brought us together as proud Americans. We were standing against those who would try to hurt our country, and hurt our people.

But what has happened since then? Why is there so much hate within the American people? Why are groups turning on each other in the country of “the land of the free and the home of the brave”?

Listen to Jessica’s heartfelt message.

Thank you Jessica for reminding us that hate gets us no where, and what is important today is to understand and respect each other.

Rebecca Aguilar is a freelance journalist and the founder of Wise Latinas Linked, largest virtual group of Latinas on Facebook and LinkedIn. 

Immigration · Politics

The damaged ones; Children left behind when their parents are deported

Screenshot: Facebook
Screenshot: Facebook

I don’t know the back story about this video of a reunion between a young boy and his father. All I know is that around the country children today are missing their parents who have been deported. And many are wondering why it has happened? Remember they are children.

This video has a happy ending after two years that the father was separated from his children. As of now the video has close to three million views. It has hit a nerve. It has touched many hearts.

Take into consideration that these are parents who only came to this country to build a better life for their families. In many cases they are fathers and mothers who started their families here and were ripped apart my the federal immigration system.


Although this little boy’s father has come home; don’t think he won’t be worrying his father will be deported again. These children are left emotionally damaged.

No one explains the grownup world of immigration and deportation. No one explains why a parent is not coming home. Some children are left to think their parents abandoned them.

It’s a sad situation that will continue to happen, children left behind when their parents are deported.

Rebecca Aguilar is a freelance journalist and founder of Wise Latinas Linked, the largest virtual networking group of Latinas on Facebook and LinkedIn with more than 7,000 members.