This is a text sheet that takes a few lines of each chapter of Eicha and puts a parallel quote from an immigrant parent separated from their children.
1. איכה א׳:ב׳-ה׳
—Jocelyn, a mother seeking asylum after fleeing her native Brazil because of domestic violence.
“He didn’t recognize me… My joy turned to sadness.” —Mirce Alba Lopez, speaking of being reunited with her three-year-old son.
(55) I have called on Your name, O LORD, From the depths of the Pit. (56) Hear my plea; Do not shut Your ear to my groan, to my cry!
“I am in bad shape because, when I was released, I was told I would be reunited with her (but I have not been yet)… I ask God that soon I will also be reunited with my daughter. I hope to experience this joy soon.” —Mario, in El Paso at a temporary migrant shelter just 10 blocks from where his daughter is living, with other children removed from their parents.
(3) Even jackals offer the breast and suckle their young; but my poor people has turned cruel, like ostriches of the desert.
“My soul is broken. We made a huge sacrifice to come here asking for protection and instead of help, they are torturing us… It’s a living hell without my children. My children suffered during the journey. And now they suffer over there (in the U.S.). They don’t have liberty.” —Ignacio Villatoro, a father who has taken sanctuary in a church in Tijuana, Mexico. His wife is being held in a detention center in Texas, an older child in a detention center in California, and three children (13, 6, and 2) in a New York state detention center. The family fled violence in Guatemala.
“I want to thank everyone who made this possible, because for me it seemed impossible at one point… When it’s in God’s plans, everything is possible.” —Rosayra Pablo-Cruz, a mother from Guatemala who was separated from 5-year-old and 15-year-old sons for two months while the children were staying in New York with a foster family.
This source sheet was first published at Sefaria.