Breakthrough New York Statement on the Family Separations at the Border

Dear Breakthrough New York Family,

Our tight-knit Breakthrough community has been heartbroken by the crisis at our southern border. Separating families who are seeking safety and opportunity is unconscionable, and signing an Executive Order to end family separation will not undo trauma or reunite the thousands of families who have already been affected. Putting families in detention indefinitely is not the answer.  
This country was founded by immigrants who came looking for a better future for themselves and their families. Our society has always benefited from the contributions of immigrants, and denying people basic human decency at the border undermines this American truth. What does this crisis say about who we are as a country? We must show our children we can be better.
At Breakthrough, we take pride in our diverse and vibrant community of families, young people, staff, and supporters. Many of our families are immigrants and our students are first-generation college students; all deserve the opportunity to achieve their dreams. We know first-hand that every child can contribute positively to our society, especially if given the right opportunities and resources. The impact of investing in and enriching our children pays dividends and reverberates throughout the larger community, and we are privileged to see our students transform into thoughtful, passionate, and driven adults.
We want our Breakthrough community to know we are committed to creating a welcoming environment, we believe in the value of your contributions and know that it is because of you that our organization has achieved so much. We will continue to provide space for everyone's voice to be heard. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any concerns, ideas, or questions. As always, we are here for you.


Olivia Nunez
Chief Program Officer