New raids focus on refugee families

by Tammy Alexander

An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” (Matthew 2:13)

While many of us were still celebrating the Christmas season, the Obama administration began a series of immigration raids to deport refugee families. The raids began on January 2. So far, more than 100 mothers and children have been taken from homes and put into detention centers. Of these, 73 were quickly deported.

Just as Mary and Joseph took Jesus to safety in Egypt, many of these families were fleeing situations where their children’s lives were threatened—in many cases, due to widespread gang violence in the three Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

Volunteer lawyers from the CARA project were able…

Read the full article at PeaceSigns.

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