Alexandria, Va. – Sister Donna Markham, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, urged Kirstjen Nielsen, United States Secretary of Homeland Security, in a letter this week to stop separating migrant families at the border.
“It is deeply troubling that the administration has chosen to create a generation of traumatized children in the name of border security,” Sister Markham wrote. “Surely as a nation we can debate the best way to secure our border without resorting to creating life-long trauma for children, some of whom are mere toddlers.”
Sister Markham noted that the practice of separating families has other negative consequences. The foster care system, both private and public, is stretched to capacity and will worsen as more children are added to the system. The large number of unaccompanied minors strains the system’s accountability and increases tragic incidents of human trafficking.
To read the full letter, click here.
Catholic Charities USA is a national organization representing 166 diocesan Catholic Charities agencies that see first-hand the devastating, life-long impact separation can have on children. Agency staff see the trauma experienced by the foster care children they serve, in the children missing a father or mother, and now in the migrant children taken from their parents and placed into foster care and group facilities.
About Catholic Charities USA
Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), a member of Caritas Internationalis, is the national office for the Catholic Charities ministry nationwide. CCUSA’s members provide help and create hope to more than 10 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds. For more information: www.catholiccharitiesusa.org
Patricia Cole, VP Communications
ABOUT CATHOLIC CHARITIES
Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), a member of Caritas Internationalis, is the national office for the Catholic Charities ministry nationwide. CCUSA’s members provide help and create hope to more than 8 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds.