We are so grateful to Freedom For Immigrants for once more supporting our Familias Reunidas Bond Program, and assisting us in bonding out another individual, Abadou. He is an asylum seeker from Mauritania who was detained in Adelanto ICE Detention for 7 months, and is now able to reunite with his uncle in New York.
The individuals we help, have been through so much, and upon arrival to the US, we subject them to even further suffering. We have shared stories in the past of their hardships, yet we want to stress that most of the people we help’s migration journey doesn’t begin in the states. Some of our recipients have traveled through various countries, and have gone through many borders and detention in places like Mexico. In the past, we have had recipients whom have traveled as much as 13 countries, from Cameroon to Brazil and up. Our country has been famed for advertising freedom, opportunity, and a better life, and yet we mistreat and lock up the individuals that come here for exactly that. We share these stories because we want everyone to know the struggle and resilience of our migrant communities, and how love will always prevail above hatred and racism. As much as we’re saddened by these journeys, we are inspired to continue just like they did and to be a catalyst for change. We criticize this country’s racist and inhumane policies because we want to be proud to call ourselves one more “the land of opportunity,” not just for a select few but for all of us.
Let these stories serve as a reminder of all the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and community members waiting in such conditions in detention, simply for seeking a place or a part in this country. Abadou represents so many others being subject to these inhumane policies and we must not forget the urgency of getting everyone we can out of the Otay Mesa Detention Center. This pandemic continues to be unforgiving, and we will not allow any more lives lost. Again, we thank you for your support and ask you to continue to help us make sure our folks are #FreeAndAlive.