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Freedom for Families organizing a National Day of Prayer

The call is going out! Stop Breaking Up Families, Stop the Raids, Stop the Deportations!

A message from Freedom for Families:

National Day of Prayer for Children and Families

Good Friday, April 6, 2007

More than one in ten families in the United States are of mixed immigrant status where at least one parent is a non-citizen and one child is a U.S. citizen.  An estimated 3.1 million U.S. citizen children have at least one parent who is undocumented.  According to current immigration law, deportation is a mandatory punishment for undocumented immigrants and non-citizens, including long-term and legal permanent residents, even when a judge thinks they deserve to stay in the U.S. to help raise and support their families.  The results?  Every year, nearly 200,000 non-citizens are deported, many with children who are U.S. citizens.  These American children may have to start over in a country with a new language, fewer resources and an uncertain future. America’s immigration laws force American children to lose their parent or their country.

Families for Freedom, a Brooklyn based, multi-ethnic organization, has been educating and advocating for immigrants facing deportation since 2002. We have called for a month of action during April to say “NO” to the recent raids of immigrant communities, “NO” to the destruction and separation of families and “YES” to defending our children’s rights.

We are beginning the month with a call for a National Day of Prayer on Good Friday, April 6th. We ask everyone to prayer for a change of heart and a change of policy amongst our lawmakers.

For additional information or to get involved please contact Betsy DeWitt at betsy12060@aol.com or 917-609-6682.

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