The Common Good

'Hey Obama, Don't Deport My Momma!': A Photo Essay

100729-immig-4-resizedA children's rendition of Springsteen's 'Born in the USA' filled the air of Lafayette Square in Washington D.C. on Wednesday afternoon as U.S. citizens of undocumented parents gathered to urge President Obama to "keep his promise" regarding immigration reform. Congressman Luis Gutierrez joined faith leaders, families, and advocacy organizations from across America to give the children a chance to tell how their lives are affected by the failed immigration system.

Emma, 10, told how it felt to watch 15 men with guns enter her home and take her mother. Britsy's mother had gone through the correct process to become legal, but errors had been made in her paperwork and now she was being deported. With tears in her eyes, Britsy, 9, spoke of her fear of the foster care system and the struggle of her 19-year-old brother to now provide for the family.

The need for immigration reform is not merely a political issue but one that touches the lives of many. Below are just a few of the faces adversely affected by this broken system.









Heather Wilson is Marketing/Circulation Assistant at Sojourners and a freelance photographer. She has spent the past 10 years working throughout the U.S., Asia, and the Middle East, doing photography and communications work for developmental non-government organizations.

+ CCIR: Sign up for "On the Move" on August 12, a webinar with Rev. David Vasquez on immigration stories and ministry.

Sojourners relies on the support of readers like you to sustain our message and ministry.

Related Stories


Like what you're reading? Get Sojourners E-Mail updates!

Sojourners Comment Community Covenant

I will express myself with civility, courtesy, and respect for every member of the Sojourners online community, especially toward those with whom I disagree, even if I feel disrespected by them. (Romans 12:17-21)

I will express my disagreements with other community members' ideas without insulting, mocking, or slandering them personally. (Matthew 5:22)

I will not exaggerate others' beliefs nor make unfounded prejudicial assumptions based on labels, categories, or stereotypes. I will always extend the benefit of the doubt. (Ephesians 4:29)

I will hold others accountable by clicking "report" on comments that violate these principles, based not on what ideas are expressed but on how they're expressed. (2 Thessalonians 3:13-15)

I understand that comments reported as abusive are reviewed by Sojourners staff and are subject to removal. Repeat offenders will be blocked from making further comments. (Proverbs 18:7)