For our Outreach Coordinator Jocelyn Casanova, the stories of children separated from their parents at the border is personal and heartbreaking:
For years as a child, I had recurring nightmares. I was only four years old when I came to the United States with my mom, and we were separated near the border. For me, being ripped away from my mom felt like I would never see her again. And as a child, it felt like years before I did see her again. I was so scared.
The purest thing there is is the heart of an innocent child. Knowing that a choice was made to separate thousands of children like me from their parents is horrifying. Like any child, these are kids who should be playing and learning their ABC’s, not living in fear. It’s an experience that can scar you and affect you for years to come.
I hope this policy is truly over and that every effort will be made to reunite these children with their parents as quickly as possible. I believe we are all children of God, and it’s not hard for me to think of these children as my little sisters and brothers. I pray that’s how we will treat them.