Children Affected by Deportations Write Letters to Lawmakers

As part of its “We Belong Together” campaign, the National Domestic Worker Alliance is collecting letters written by children who have been affected by deportation. The letters will be presented to Washington lawmakers on December 8.

Since it began collecting letters on November 15, NDWA has received nearly 5,000, Efe reported.

Marianna Viturra, the deputy director of the NDWA, told Efe, “At this festive time when we express our wishes it’s important for youngsters to be able to say what they would like, and part of what they wish for is to be with their parents and their families and that these families stay in our communities.”

Georgia has become one of the states at the center of the national immigration reform debate, as it recently passed a strict law similar to Arizona’s controversial SB 1070. The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights has gathered about 450 letters for the NDWA initiative, according to Efe. The group’s executive director, Adelina Nicholls, stressed that it is important for children suffering the emotional impacts of deportation to be able to express themselves through their own words or drawings.

Given the current volume of letters, NDWA will likely meet the goal it set of 5,000 letters. The group’s website contains instructions for how to participate in the campaign and includes links to activity guides and background materials.

The letter-writing campaign was spurred in part by a recent Applied Research Center report that revealed more than 5,000 children have been placed in foster care due to parental deportations.

Another recently launched campaign invites participants to share their thoughts on what it means to be an American by uploading a video, photo, audio or text file to the website of Define American, the immigration rights group founded by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas.