From Tina Schrag at MCC–
For nearly 100 years, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has been walking alongside and offering relief to those who are hungry, without clothing or water. Today in the Central States region, we are actively working to support people who are seeking a safer, better life for themselves and their families by migrating to the U.S.
In Matthew 25:31-45, Jesus commands that we care for the hungry, thirsty, strangers, those without clothes or in prison. MCC is following that command by collecting and distributing immigration detainee care kits and partnering with organizations like the South Texas Human Rights Center in Falfurrias, Texas.
“We live in a world where the most vulnerable are fleeing from danger and violence. What is most disturbing is that some followers of Jesus, in the U.S., seem to not be troubled. However, Jesus made it clear that we will be judged by how we treat widows, orphans and immigrants. This is a way, a small way, that we feel compelled to affirm the call of Jesus,” explains Michelle Armster, Executive Director for MCC Central States.
Ana Alicia Hinojosa, MCC Central States Immigration Education Coordinator explains, “The immigration detainee care kits provide clothes and basic human needs to men, women and children seeking refuge who have been detained by U.S. Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and are seeking asylum in the U.S. When they are released after days, weeks, or months of detention they get out with nothing but the clothes they traveled with, shoes without shoelaces, and the hope of being reunited with family at their destination. Our immigration detainee care kits provide individuals with a glimmer of hope that the journey they have endured is worth it and gives them back dignity that they have lost in the process of being in the hands of our government detention system.”
MCC has made it easy to purchase supplies for the immigration detainee kits through Amazon and have it shipped directly to the Material Resources Center in North Newton, Kansas. Please follow this link to view the shopping list on Amazon.
Kate is planning to make a trip in early July that will include volunteering at the Material Resources Center where the supplies are being collected. If you wish to send supplies or donations with her, please consult this list of supplies for the immigration detainee kits.
Urge your members of Congress to welcome those seeking asylum in the U.S. and to focus any federal spending related to asylum seekers on meeting humanitarian needs and addressing the root causes of migration rather than on detention, deterrence and enforcement. http://cqrcengage.com/mcc/app/write-a-letter?0&engagementId=500696