From October 18 to November 22, 2015
“Build a wall!” “Send them back!” We've heard a lot of heated rhetoric from candidates who exploit our worst fears about “The Other.” But UUSC is putting a human face on the immigration crisis.
Meet Lilian Castillo and her eight-year-old son Jose. After a long and hazardous journey fleeing the brutal violence plaguing their home in Honduras, Lilian and her son finally reached the U.S. only to be locked in a detention center by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Ten months of living in fear under abusive conditions drove Lilian and other women to go on a hunger strike.
Just as all hope for a brighter future for her son seemed lost, our UUSC entered the picture. We partnered with RAICES (the Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services) to provide legal assistance to thousands of mothers like Lilian, caught up in the immoral machinery of our broken immigration system. A RAICES lawyer helped convince a judge to release Lilian and Jose. Today they are living in New York with Lilian's sister. The smiles on their faces (pictured on the top of your GAYT box) are testimony to the difference the UUSC and its partners are making in the lives of the most vulnerable.
What can YOU do to help fix a broken immigration system? Support the UUSC with your tax-deductible donation. An annual donation of
$40 or more makes you a member. In addition, all contributions of $125 or more will be matched dollar for dollar by the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock, doubling the impact of your gift. You can contribute online at www.uusc.org or use the GAYT envelope available at the church and included in last Sunday's order of service.