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Family Detention

The faith community has always played an important role in supporting people who come to the United States seeking protection. Refugee status and asylum are two types of legal protective statuses. Click on the following links for more information:

Better Neighbors: Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Texas

The Better Neighbors September 2014 Newsletter explores these and other legal protective statuses; current U.S. refugee policy; and organizations that offer assistance to refugees in Texas. 

Family Detention

Family Detention in the United States is overseen by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), but often operated by for-profit detention corporations. The facilities hold women with children and are deeply contested. There are two such facilities in Texas.

Humanitarian Crisis on the Border: Unaccompanied Children

This summer of 2014 saw a dramatic increase in the number of undocumented men, women, and children entering the United States from Central America as a result of increased hostility in the region. Those crossing included unaccompanied children, children who cross into the United States unaccompanied by their parents. Unaccompanied children are not new to the U.S.; in fact, the first immigrant to pass through Ellis Island was Annie Moore, a 15-year-old unaccompanied child. 

How You Can Help

Community and faith-based organizations are supporting our neighbors, and could use your help. Find out how you can get involved.

“And do good unto your parents, and near of kin, and unto orphans, and the needy, and the neighbor from among your own people, and the neighbor who is a stranger, and the friend by your side, and the wayfarer…”

-Qur’an An-Nisa 4:36


Above photo courtesy the Arte de Lagrimas: Refugee Artwork Project. Manuel de Jesus, "Mi pueblo (My hometown)," crayon and marker, 2014, 9"x12", Arte de Lagrimas Gallery.

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