My name is Ana Rodriguez, I am an organizer with COPA leading our immigrant justice work. As an undocumented immigrant, the past year and a half of consisent attacks on the safety and humanity of immigrants has been like a heavy weight on my heart. But seeing immigrant babies and children torn from their parents arms and locked in cages alone without anyone to hold them and keep them safe has broken my heart. Listening to the pain in parent's voices as they ask immigration agents and judges where their babies are in their mass detention hearings has broken me down. I imagine myself as a 5 year old facing the terror and pain of being torn from my parents as well as my home country. I imagine my baby sister locked in a cage and my heart fills with pain and rage.
I also go over the fear and anxiety I already live with every day. The fear of losing my parents to deportation. The fear of having to become a mom to my little sister Gabby if this country steals our parents away from us. The fear of being kicked out of the country that has been my home, and being torn from my whole life if I lose my DACA protections. This also fills my heart with pain and rage.
That's why I am taking action with my 11 year old sister Gabby this week with other families from accross the country in Washington DC at the White House to demand an end to family separation and detention. We dont want any more families torn apart by ICE and CBP.
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