Friday, March 5, 2021
Fighting to reunite refugee children, 7-year-old Texas girl protests immigrant detention in a tent on her lawn, makes room in her own home
"I’m just gonna sit here and protest." That’s how seven-year-old Paisley Elliot described her decision to sleep in a tent in her front yard until the hundreds of children separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border are reunited, Sean Giggy reports for WFAA Dallas. Paisley has been sleeping in the tent every Tuesday since October, and has sent letters to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and President Biden demanding action. Paisley’s mother explained how her daughter’s requests led to the family becoming licensed foster parents and welcoming a 16-year-old Guatemalan refugee into their home last fall: "She said, ‘we have the room, in our house and in our hearts. Why not now … kids need our love. They need our love now. Not when you want to do it.’"