Grannies Respond

On this journey, we are meeting, sharing meals, and singing with new friends who are doing incredible work helping refugees whose lives hang in the balance of cruel immigration policies.

We are raising money for all of our amazing hosts and partners that we meet along the way as well as in McAllen.


We are grannies on a mission. We are outraged by the cruel and inhumane way our government is treating immigrant children and their families who have risked all to find refuge from violence and oppression

We demand the immediate reunion of children with their families. Children do not belong in cages and internment camps. ICE must release parents immediately so that the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) can reunite them with their children. 

We demand the end of family detention. Children and families deserve due process, not indefinite imprisonment. Family incarceration is not the solution to family separation. 

We will not be quiet while little ones are crying alone without the love of a parent to soothe them. We will not remain idle while tent cities are built to indefinitely detain families seeking safe haven in our country. Our government and our institutions do not have dominion over our morality. We the people will be the moral compass of our country and we will not rest until compassion and decency are restored.

We are traveling to the US-Mexico border with a message of basic human decency with the hope that you will join us. We urge you to join us along the way, to create a caravan from East to West, from North to South, and grow a movement around human decency and just plain common sense.


We need your help with gas money, tolls, unexpected visits to the mechanic, the cost of a motel where we can't find free accommodations, and some basic admin costs. We're trying to keep our costs to a minimum so our efforts don't take away from other organizations doing important work on the ground.

If we raise more than our goal, we'll be able to support caravans of grannies and allies from other parts of the country. 

Every dollar we don't use will go to local charities working on the immigration issue we meet out on the road. 


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Somos abuelitas en una misión. Estamos indignadas por la forma cruel e inhumana en que nuestro gobierno trata a los niños inmigrantes y sus familias que han arriesgado todo para buscar refugio contra la violencia y la opresión

Exigimos la reunión inmediata de los niños con sus familias. Los niños no deben estar en jaulas y campamentos de internación. ICE debe liberar a los padres de inmediato para que la Oficina de Reubicación de Refugiados (ORR) pueda reunirlos con sus hijos.

Exigimos el final de la detención familiar. Los niños y las familias merecen el debido proceso de la ley, no el encarcelamiento indefinido. El encarcelamiento familiar no es la solución a la separación familiar.

No nos quedaremos callados mientras que los niños lloran solos sin el amor de un padre para calmarlos. No permaneceremos inactivos mientras que las ciudades de carpas se construyan para detener indefinidamente a las familias que buscan refugio en nuestro país. Nuestro gobierno y nuestras instituciones no tienen dominio sobre nuestra moralidad. Nosotros, el pueblo, seremos la brújula moral de nuestro país y no descansaremos hasta que se restauren la compasión y la decencia.

Estamos viajando a la frontera de los Estados Unidos y México con un mensaje de decencia humana básica con la esperanza de que usted se unirá a nosotros. Le instamos a unirse a nosotros en el camino, para crear una caravana de este a oeste, de norte a sur, y hacer crecer un movimiento basado en la decencia humana y el sentido común.


We are an ad hoc group, not a non-profit organization, all over the country. Lead organizers are in New York City and the Hudson Valley. All funds are deposited into a person account created for this action by a team coordinator, Michael Daniel Aymar-Blair. Though withdrawing all funds in his name, Aymar-Blair is the financial and fundraising chair for Grannies Respond and solely responsible for making purchases on behalf of the grannies, including all purchases on the road.


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Dan Aymar-Blair 
Beacon, NY
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