Mothers speak about their immigration experience at Macon church

People talk about immigration at local church

In honor of Mother's Day, High Street Church in Macon decided to listen to the stories of immigrant mothers.

Reverend Cassandra Howe says there is an invisible string that connects us all together, no matter your race or skin color.

“May families no longer fear separation from deportation. May families who are separated be reunited,” said Howe during the service.

Four women shared their experiences with immigrating to the United States.

Susan Raza spoke about the loopholes in obtaining citizenship for husband and the struggles of getting her daughter-in-law and grandson from Thailand to the U.S.

“We waited for my grandson and my daughter to arrive here for three years,” said Raza.

After completing all of the legal paperwork and $30,000 dollars later, she says it still wasn't a quick turnaround to get them here.

"The immigration process was extremely slow…even between the different phases. We would have to resend documents that were lost and that kind of thing,” said Raza.

She says that her family is dealing with complex issues stemming from this and that they are still recovering from it.

During the service, church members people put their money into four baskets and donated items like clothing toys and gifts to El Refugio -- a ministry that helps immigrant families and detained immigrants at the Stewart Detention Center.

Howe says that she hopes the congregation is able to take a little bit of Raza’s story with them when they leave.

“This pain affects us all,” said Howe. “they might walk away wanting to do something about it.”

If you or anyone you know would like to know more about El Refugio or help families in need, you can give them a call at 229-234-9022.

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