Statement on Separation of Families at the U.S. - Mexico Border

New York, New York - June 21, 2018

Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity Inc., values family unity and the long-standing tradition of opening the door to those seeking asylum from persecution and violence in their native countries.

The majority of individuals currently being detained at our Southwest Border are from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. These countries have been devastated by the rising influence of gang violence and suffer from some of the highest murder rates worldwide. This has resulted in those individuals attempting to flee this violence for the sake of their lives and children, enduring a dangerous journey in exchange for the opportunity to petition for asylum in the United States. In recent weeks an estimated 2,000 children have been separated from their parents at the U.S-Mexico border, many of whom have freely turned themselves over to U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement upon their arrival.

We find it unfortunate and inhumane that children must face the trauma and psychological effects of forced separation from their parents. In this time of need for thousands of families we should support advocacy organizations and legal defense groups working on the front lines of this crisis. We call on our members, families, friends, and other fraternal organizations to volunteer, participate, or donate towards those seeking to alleviate and to end the practice of family separation, and to promote a more humane resolution for those seeking asylum via our country’s Southwest Border.

Sincerely,

Francisco M. Lugo, M.Ed. 
Executive Director
Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.