Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.

– Hebrews 13:1

Update: On June 20, 2018 the Presidential Administration passed an executive order reversing its policy of separating children from their parents at the border and allowing families to instead be detained together. This is progress and a small victory, but there is still work to be done.

“We are encouraged that the Administration has stopped the policy of child separation. While this policy should never have existed, this will now give Congress time to find a legislative solution that is child-focused and compassionate. These issues are complex, and we look forward to working with Congress on the specifics of legislation so that critical child protections, particularly those included in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, are not eroded.”

–Lisa Bos, World Vision Director of Government Relations

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

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.

Photo:  A 24-year-old woman and her 4-year-old son arrived at Sacred Heart after going through the U.S. Border Patrol Processing Center on July 31, 2014, after a month-long journey from El Salvador. ©2014 World Vision, Eugene Lee

26 Comments

  • I love our country and believe we have done so much good. Let’s not let our hearts become hardened because of fear to areas where we need to do better. Children should be with their parents!! AND we must treat all people with dignity.

  • Finally there is a slight breach in the Trump cult of conservative Christianity. I have been a years-long sponsor through World Vision and you have given me hope. Please do not disappoint me.

  • Thank you for speaking up. The first thing I wondered when I heard this on the news was “What is World Vision doing?” I have been a monthly donor for over 30 years. I’m trusting World Vision will be a strong and steady voice on such an important human rights issue.

  • I am grateful for World Vision and have been a part for 5 years. I pray we have an immigration policy that is pleasing to God. Scriptures regarding the Stranger:
    Trust ye not in lying words. . .For if ye thoroughly mend your ways and your doings; if ye thoroughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbor; If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow and shed not innocent blood in this place. . .Then will I cause you to dwell in this place.. Jeremiah 7: 4-7
    And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him. But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 19:33, 34
    And I charged your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between a man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him. YE shall not respect persons in judgment, but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man: for the judgment is God’s. . .Deuteronomy 1:16,17
    For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords. . .which regardeth not persons. . .He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger in giving him food and raiment. Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt. Deuteronomy 10: 17-19
    Cursed be he that perverteth the judgment of the stranger, fatherless, and widow. And all the people shall say, Amen. Deuteronomy 27:19
    The people of the land have used oppression and exercised robbery, and vexed the poor and needy: yea they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully. And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none. Ezekiel 22:29,30
    And the word of the Lord came unto Zechariah saying, Thus speaketh the word of the Lord saying, Execute true judgment and show mercy and compassion every man to his brother. And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor, and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart. Zechariah 7:8-10
    And I will come near to you in judgment and I will be a swift witness. . .against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless and that turn aside the stranger from his right and fear not me, sayeth the Lord of Hosts. Malachi 3:5
    For I was hungry and you gave me food: I was thirsty and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in: Naked, and you clothed me: I was sick, and you visited me: I was in prison and you came to me. Then shall the righteous say to him, Lord, when saw we thee hungry and fed thee? Or thirsty and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger and took thee in? Or naked and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick or in prison and came to thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as you have done it to the least of brethren, you have done it unto me. . .Matthew 25
    What about sanctuary cities?
    These six cities shall be a refuge, both for the children of Israel and for the stranger, and for the sojourner among them. . . Numbers 35:15
    This is quite a few verses. However, there are many more. It seems that God is obsessed about how the poor, the widow, the fatherless and the stranger are treated.

  • Any government who willfully separates children from their families can only be described as reprehensible!!! THIS CANNOT BE THE USA I KNOW!!!!!!

  • To separate children from their parents, as our government is doing, disgraces our government. To justify it with scripture, as Jeff Sessions is doing, disgraces Christianity.

  • I think what many people are failing to understand is that many of these children being detained are not being separated from their parents. They are coming across the border alone or with adults who are not relatives. The media and politicians are using this as a political football in an election year so they are not being forthcoming about everything. Those whose families are here – they should be detained together until court action is taken. I am not sure what can be done for those children who are here alone or without relatives. Some of these unaccompanied children with non-relatives may be orphans or even kidnap victims. There has to be a more compassionate means of caring for ALL of these children. We separate children from their families on a regular basis in the U.S. when parents are incarcerated but generally there is either foster care or another relative to take care of them. This isn’t always the case with the children coming across the border. We have a duty to uphold our laws but we have a responsibility to do so in a way that is not devastating for the children.

    • David,
      My wife and I have been doing foster care for unaccompanied minors for quite some time. We signed up for taking those kids that you talk about who truly do come unaccompanied or with distant relatives. I think everyone understands and supports protecting those kids. I promise you that is not what is happening now. What you are hearing is that truth and not this political football. We have 4 foster children in our house at the moment, all who were separated from there parents. After having just one actual unaccompanied minor over a 9 month span, we have had 7 in our home since this policy change, all taken from their parents. This is a similar story to all the other foster parents we know. The number of kids in a daily basis needing placement in “unaccompanied minor” care is 5 to 10 time’s what it has been. The effects that this has on these kids is devastating. My wife sat with a weeping 8 yo girl for more than an hour tonight and this has become a daily occurrence in our home. I beg you and everyone else to advocate for these kids. They are amazing and resilient but the fact is this is heartbreaking, inhumane, and will have devastating effects on their development because no one can replace a child’s parents.

      • I would like to help fosteting kids like this ones. What can we do for request more information about it. I don’t have kids but we can provide a safe and christian home for them while their separation journey pass. I used to be a Wild Vision employee in Honduras for 7th years and Would like to advocate for them now here from.the USA. Please, send me more information.
        Blessings!

      • Silas, I’m curious what the average length of stay in your home has been? Are the kids generally back with their folks after a couple of days or is it longer than that. I haven’t seen much information regarding how long until they are reunited. Thanks.

  • I’m grateful that you’re using this platform to influence change in a very dire situation. My heart cries for theses families, especially the children and activism gives me a glimmer of hope.

  • Surprising to some evangelical Christians,my “liberalism” comes from my Christian faith. I was overwhelmingly touched by the scriptures above, especially Malachi. We are called to do the gut-wrenchingly difficult task of taking in the stranger. One note: asylum seekers are supposed to come in thru the entry sites and they are doing so, only to be arrested/ detained. I’ve done foster child work and we all knew the parent- child bond is the key. When broken, children suffer for a lifetime. God bless you, World Vision supporters!

  • World Vision, you need to give us the US congressmen from our districts too. Ours is Mike Bishop. He needs to hear. I will call him.Thank you

  • The “Trump cult of conservative Christianity”?
    Really??
    Does this post have any business being on a reasonable discussion about an issue that has sincere believers on both sides of it trying to figure out what would Jesus do?
    I don’t think so. Comments like this only shut down the conversation that is so desperately needed.
    I find it negligent and disappointing that the post was not monitored and removed.
    Nevertheless I support World Vision in this call to action on behalf of the children.

    • Hello, we appreciate your comment. Our policy is to allow all views and perspectives – we do not monitor comments with any intention to remove them. We welcome your comments along with the comments and voices of others, hoping to create a community of distinct individuals united around the goal of speaking out on behalf of vulnerable children.

  • Hi, Thanks for your information. There are approximately 5.5 million children in the
    The United States with at least one undocumented parent.
    73% of these children are U.S. citizens. ii A growing
    concern among many social workers is that too many
    undocumented parents are being sent to immigration
    detention facilities and separated from their children.

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