13-year-old Moises didn’t want me to use his last name. He said during the school year he didn’t know if his mom, who emigrated from Honduras more than a decade ago, would be there when he got home.
Moises said “Your drive home or to the grocery store you can get stopped and your moms left and then you’re in an adoption center. You really don’t know what could happen next.”
Moises’ mom came to America for a better life for her family. Moises said “She escaped from being abused. You get through it, she said and you find a better life.”
His mom has been living and working in the U.S. trying to learn English and become a citizen, like her son, who was born here. She’s getting help from Catholic Charities.
Meg Goorley, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Shreveport said “We have an attorney who helps fill out the papers and file the right things with the department of homeland security. Unfortunately our immigration process is so complicated that many of the people don’t know whether they’re eligible to be documented or not.”
Moises is also working, mowing lawns and taking odd jobs.
He said “Twenty dollars can at least put gas in my moms vehicle for her to at least go pay the bills.”
If you want to help people on the path to citizenship, Goorley said to just remember the phrase DAVE. She said “Donate, advocate, volunteer and educate. Because at the end of the day, people are more important than things.”
If you need help from Catholic Charities or would like to donate to help them help immigrants you can dial 2-1-1 or visit their website http://ccnla.org/