More than two hundred immigrant parents and children gathered in East Boston Saturday for a Mother’s Day celebration with a clear message: ‘Keep Families Together.’ Organized by more than a dozen community groups – including MassUniting, Neighbors United for a Better East Boston (NUBE), SEIU Local 615 and the Student Immigrant Movement (SIM) – the event showed the real faces of the immigration debate that kicked off in Washington this week.
While the Mother’s Day celebration featured a festive, family-friendly atmosphere, participants also shared their personal stories of family separation caused by America’s broken immigration system. Many children took photos and made greeting cards to send to mothers in countries thousands of miles away and college students spoke of the need for a pathway to citizenship for young Americans-in-waiting, also known as ‘DREAMers.’
“For too many parents and children, Mother’s Day is a harsh reminder of years spent separated from loved ones,” said Conrado Santos, a DREAMer who works with fellow young immigrants every day at Student Immigrant Movement (SIM). “We hope this holiday will remind congress of the real need to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform that reunifies loving families.”
The Mother’s Day event in East Boston came as part of a nationwide push for action on Immigration Reform, which has mobilized tens of thousands of supporters throughout the country in recent weeks.