May 11, 2014 | By Shantha Ready Alonso
Happy Mother's Day. To all the mothers, stand-in mothers, and godmothers out there, thank you for the love you share. That love knits our families, neighborhoods, and faith communities together.
This Mother's Day, NETWORK is asking you to be mindful of the many families, neighborhoods, and communities that are falling apart because loving parents are being torn from their families, due to our broken immigration system. Please honor mothers by calling on Congress to pass immigration reform that protects family unity and creates a path to citizenship. Call 1-866-940-2439 to reach your representative.
In a recent Washington Post op ed by Sister Simone Campbell, she tells stories of struggling immigrant families she encountered on NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus tour for immigration reform. Here is one story she told about a mother facing deportation:
Angelina, an undocumented woman in North Carolina, was driving her three young children to school one morning when she was rear-ended by another driver. Being hit with small children in a car alone is enough to cause great concern, but the accident had far more disastrous consequences for Angelina and her family. Immediately, she was placed in the back of a police car and taken away; her small children were left alone with police officers who scrambled to reach another adult so the children could get to school.
|Click to see a video clip in which Angelina and her children speak for themselves about their dire situation. The clip is shared courtesy of the documentary film Nuns on the Bus - The Movie, now in production. (The website hosting the video clip also has information about how you can help the filmmakers finish the film. Scroll down to see Angelina's story, which is under the heading: Mother's Day.)|
If Angelina's story moves you, stand with mothers everywhere and honor them by calling your representative at 1-866-940-2439. Leave a message to say the time is now for the House to pass immigration reform that includes citizenship. Let your representative know Congress can honor mothers best by listening to the desperation of families and responding by restoring immigrants' dignity. This number will give you a prompt and connect you to your representative's Washington DC office, but you can also find your representative's direct line at www.house.gov.