World Vision Urges U.S. Government to Protect Children and Families in Immigration Detention

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Immigration
Cross from Santa Ana Cathedral in Nicaragua. World Vision is among a wide variety of Christian organizations who have spoken up on behalf of immigrant families.

As a child-focused Christian organization, World Vision believes that God intended that children be cared for and protected in a family environment, and urges the U.S. Government to find family centered and child-focused solutions to immigration detention.

While the U.S. needs to address real concerns about our immigration system, children and families should not suffer in the process. The single most important relationship for all children, especially those at risk of violence or in high stress situations, is that of a parent. Separating children from their parents can have a devastating long-term effect on children’s mental, physical, and emotional development.

As a Christian organization, we believe God calls us to be His co-workers in defending the vulnerable, the marginalized, and the powerless. Jesus tells His disciples to “bring the little children unto me.”

We call for a compassionate response for all the children and families involved.

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