This is a Christmas countdown/advent calendar for the 19 kids detained at the Berks family jail in Leesport, PA. These kids have been detained with their moms for more than a year now, but they are not being allowed to seek justice in any court. Although they are being held in jail, they have not committed any crime and are actually victims of violence in their home countries.
For all of these kids, this would be their second Christmas in detention, and they can’t bear to think of it. This calendar will feature one of the kids each day along with actions you can take to help get them free before Christmas. We have to convince the politicians to allow them to be released while their asylum cases are pending. If they are deported, which is likely to happen in January when Trump takes over, they will be sent back to their likely deaths.
Thank you for helping free the Berks kids! GO TO THEIR SITE- https://berksadvent.tumblr.com
GO TO THEIR SITE-— https://berksadvent.tumblr.com
J is seven years old. He and his mother fled El Salvador because a gang was threatening his mother and had threatened to kidnap J. Since they came to the United States seeking refuge, J and his mom have been in immigration detention for 15 months.
His letter says: “Dear Santa, I am J-, 7 years old. I want freedom to be able to be with my aunt and uncle. I don’t want to return to my country. And I also want a remote control airplane.”
J has already spent one Christmas in detention. To help J and his mom get free soon so they can spend this Christmas with their family in the United States, here’s what you can do today:
- Call Ted Dallas, head of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, at 717-787-2600. You can say something like: “I am calling to tell Secretary Dallas that it is time for him to issue an Emergency Removal Order to release all the families currently being held at the Berks Detention Center. These families are being held in inhumane conditions, and there is no reason for them to be held while the County appeals the February 2016 license revocation.“
(If you want to get J the other item on his list, here’s a wish list with a remote control airplane on Amazon.com. You can send it to him c/o Cambria & Kline, 532 Walnut St., Reading, PA 19601.) << UPDATE: Plane has already been purchased – thank you so much! Please still call Sec. Dallas!
Thank you for helping to free J and the other Berks kids!