Scotland County is full of generous people who want to respond to the images of immigrant children in custody without the services they need as well as the parents desperately searching for them. Probably all of us can imagine not having the money to afford to be reunited with our child because of the current guidelines.
Calling our legislators never hurts, but immigration legislation in Congress is stalled and will probably remain so for the foreseeable future. We think the best way to help is to give money to immigrant families who have been separated and can’t afford to be reunited.
But our most recent information is that two faith-based organizations are doing the most successful direct work. You can donate online to Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (https://www.lirs.org). Or you can give through the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops by downloading the form at http://www.usccb.org/catholic-giving/opportunities-for-giving/migration-and-refugee-services/ and sending your donation by mail.
You can also help with the children’s legal defense and the creation of a more humane immigration policy by supporting the legal defense and advocacy group Kids in Need of Defense (https://supportkind.org).
This is a crisis we can help to end. We can make a difference together by all giving whatever we can.
Jan Schmidt, Nancy Barrineau, Mary Evans and Bonnie Kelley
Scotland County Democratic Women