Holiday cheer

Children in immigration detention receive heartfelt letters from other kids

An undocumented migrant from Central America, looks out of a window in Los Angeles, California. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

Children have been participating in letter-writing campaigns over the holidays for the past four years, urging President Barack Obama and members of Congress to take up immigration reform. This year, however, children working with advocacy group We Belong Together will be sending letters instead to other children, held in immigration detention facilities with their families.

The average time of detention is down to about 28 days, thanks to court rulings and pressure from advocacy groups and members of Congress. But We Belong Together wants to go further, and attended a press conference on Wednesday with House Democrats calling for an end to the practice of detaining mothers and children. Fiorella Zuniga, a 9-year-old who penned one of the letters, cried at the press conference while talking about her fear of her mother being deported. She told HuffPost afterwards that she also started crying after hearing from her mother that other children were being detained: “I imagined if that was me and my family I would be really, really crying,” she said.

Read the full story and see some of their letters at The Huffington Post.

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