For most of us, Mother’s Day is a time for families to come together and celebrate the women who are important in our lives. It’s a day of breakfast in bed, flowers and time spent together as a family. But for many immigrants separated from their families, Mother’s Day is another painful reminder of the real need for commonsense immigration reform.
Antonia is a mother of three whose legal status meant that she couldn’t return home or bring children to the United States for most of their childhood. In the years since she left El Salvador in search of opportunities for her family, Antonia has heard her three children grow up almost exclusively over the phone. Watch the video below to hear Antonia’s story, and what Mother’s Day means to her:
Maria came to America with her parents when she was just 6 years old. Her mother now lives in Mexico, and if Maria were to visit her, she wouldn’t be allowed to return to home to Chelsea, MA. Mother’s Day is an emotional holiday for Maria, whose mom is being treated for breast cancer. You can see Maria’s story and hear what Mother’s Day means to her here:
Antonia and Maria are just two of the many of stories that demonstrate the need for real, comprehensive immigration reform that includes a reasonable path to citizenship. No family should be torn apart because of outdated rules crafted decades ago — and it’s beyond time we took action.
As the immigration debate looms in Congress, more and more stories like these are emerging each day, showing the major impact reform will have in the lives of millions of immigrant families. Click here to join the call to fix our immigration system and pass comprehensive immigration form this year!