ICA Continues To Work To Reunify Families Separated At The Border
ICA is deeply saddened by what is happening with migrant families and children today. ICA has always been part of the solution – not a part of the cause. While we fight really hard to change legislation, we cannot stand by and allow children to be harmed by adult decisions. Many of the children and youth that come to ICA, come unaccompanied by any family. They have suffered greatly in their journey here. Some enter at the border and some come thru refugee camps from all over the world. Our children and youth all are fleeing horrendous atrocities of trafficking, servitude, abuse, mutilation, war, civil unrest, famine, gang violence, and abandonment. In order for us to continue the work we have been called to do, we ask the help of our faithful communities.
ICA: Focused On The Children
ICA is focused on improving the well-being of children being separated from their parents at the border. It is our goal to minimize the trauma of these children and to reunify them with their families. See below for ways to help these children or if you have questions, please call our office at 951-695-3336.
Donate to ICA
Your gift will provide safe, temporary foster families to vulnerable children as we continue to pursue reunification of children and families.
Become a Refugee Foster Parent
We need people willing to provide a safe and supportive home for refugee youth, as we continue to seek reunification of children and families.
ICA’s Response To The Border Crisis
“ICA does NOT support separating children from their families, our focus is only on the well-being and safety of all children”
The Executive Order keeping families together was only the first step to reversing the harm caused by the “zero tolerance” policy targeting vulnerable families and children who are seeking Sanctuary and Asylum. ””Zero Tolerance and other directives caused the separations at the border and because families were separated, children had no place to go. Children were not allowed in the detention systems. This very action forced many non- profit foster care agencies to take action. Children were left languishing.””” The second step is recognizing that holding families and children in detention or tent city facilities is extremely traumatic and a violation of child rights. There are better solutions than separation of families and family detention. The administration should focus on community-based services that protect children and families.
Our alternative as an organization has been to place these vulnerable children and youth we serve in a safe and loving foster home giving them counseling, medical and dental care, legal services, tutoring, life skill classes and hope for a future. Our goal is always to reunify youth with safe relatives that might be here in the United States and we work tirelessly to do so.
When we look at The United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child that was signed by the US but not ratified we see that ““The best interests of children must be the primary concern. Governments have a responsibility to take all available measures to make sure children’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled. Children have the right to live with their parent(s), unless it is bad for them. Children whose parents do not live together have the right to stay in contact with both parents, unless this might hurt the child. Families whose members live in different countries should be allowed to move between those countries so that parents and children can stay in contact, or get back together as a family.””
Recently, San Diego Judge Sabraw, in his 24-page order, ruled that children could be separated at the border only if adults with them were found to pose a danger to the children. He also said adults could not be deported from the country without their children. We know that efforts are being made now to get children and parents back together and that will be accomplished in the next months. Many agencies have been caught in the firestorms of all the Executive movements and have been forced to take children who have been separated by our government. Their goal is always to reunite the children BUT the system to reunite is often non-existing if not impossible to navigate because no one knows where anyone is.
ICA calls upon the leaders of this country to deal with asylum seekers humanely and in the spirit mandated with the mitzvah, “And you shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the feelings of the stranger, since you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Exodus 23:9
The child’s best interest is at stake. We implore communities to pray for these children. These children unfortunately are the ones who are being re-traumatized not only from the horrendous journey to come to the United States, including the events that preceded the journey, but once again at the border and beyond. We ask that while we as a nation try to figure out the best solutions that we not make children and those individuals and organizations trying to help them become targets of frustrations and anguish felt about the injustice.
Our faith calls us to care for the widow, the orphan and those seeking refuge. We support family preservation and reunification which IS our mission and we will advocate for those who desperately need it. ICA will continue to minister to children wherever they are from and however they come into our doors, giving them everything we can provide, including Sanctuary in a safe and loving home while trying to find and reunite with family.
“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God” (Leviticus 19:33-34 ESV)