Immigrant Mothers Risk All For Children

Volunteers and staff at Justice for Our Neighbors – Tennessee have the privilege of assisting immigrants who make tremendous sacrifices for the health and physical safety of their children. In these moving stories four families attest to both the difficulties and the successes.

For undocumented families, routes to legal residency are available. First, lawyers can help determine which legal channel to pursue. Victims of certain crimes who cooperate with police can petition for a U visa, which offers temporary legal status. Kids under 18 with deceased or missing parents can seek permanent residence as unaccompanied minors. Meanwhile, young people who came to the U.S. as children before 2007 may qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, announced in June

Immigrants face numerous challenges. Justice for Our Neighbors – Tennessee is committed to offering hospitality to immigrants. It can help with the first steps of becoming a legal worker or resident. It can also bring compassion and kindness in the midst of a difficult journey.

JFON (Justice for Our Neighbors) volunteer Kathryn Spry says it’s her job to welcome fearful clients as honored guests — to offer them food after their long drives, child care during fraught attorney meetings, or sometimes, just a reassuring hug.