Minute of Concern for Central American Refugees Held in Detention Centers in the U.S.

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Drafted by Live Oak Friends Meeting

We, members and attenders of Live Oak Friends Meeting, a part of Pacific Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), express our concern for the thousands of women, children and young adults from Central America, who have entered the United States to find safety and peace.

Central American mothers and children have fled extreme poverty, violence and intimidation in their home countries.  They would face death at the hands of gangs, or of their governments, were they to return now.  We desire that their requests for asylum in the U.S. be heard, and that they be allowed to remain in this country with refugee status.

We oppose their prolonged incarceration in overcrowded detention facilities, and we join with citizens, immigrants and elected officials of the United States who seek to provide food, shelter, medical care, and due process in their immigration proceedings.

We support non-violent efforts to change the conditions in their Central American countries of origin that caused them to leave, so that they may eventually be reunited with their families and loved ones.