Continue to Protect Against Immigration Raids – How We All Can Help!

July 16, 2019
I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and he will hear me In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying; my soul refuses to be comforted…. You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak. ….(Yet) You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples….Your way was through the sea, your path through the great waters.”  Psalm 77:1-2, 4 14, 19
Dear Disciples Partners and Friends,

What are we hearing now about potential raids?

Immigrant partners are reporting that, after having postponed immigration raids two weeks ago, the administration has begun today to follow through on the promise to launch a series of raids across major cities starting this Sunday, including but not limited to Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, and San Francisco.

Immigration enforcement officers are anticipated to target especially Central Americans who have fled horrific conditions. Included will be thousands of family members, including those from mixed-status families and teenagers who came into the country unaccompanied and have turned eighteen or older.

To help families and congregations prepare, and to see regularly updated resources, go to the Deportation Defense page of the Refugee and Immigration Ministries website. Also, see deportation and defense resources from Disciples Legal Immigration here .

Here are some ways to protect our families and neighbors:

Please continue to share Know Your Rights resources, such as these:  Know Your Rights (English and Spanish) materials. For other languages, click here. Also see resources like these in English and like these in Spanish from Informed Immigrant, and this booklet in English and this booklet in Spanish from Mijente.

How can our congregations get ready to play important roles?

To be certain our families are ready if raids occur, and to prepare your congregation to stand in support , we urge you to consult Deportation Defense resources.  This guide is one from the “LA RED” immigration partnership of Faith in Action (formerly called PICO); a partnership in many states, and one (among others!) in which a number of Disciples have engaged.

Ways to support families should raids occur:

  • Share your community’s Rapid Response Hotline numberwith your friends and network. All communities in the U.S. may use this national hotline number, which will refer callers to local resources: 1-888-624-4752.
  • Continue to uplift your faith voices, consider offering a safe gathering space for affected families, and offer vigils to raise awareness and publicly demonstrate your support. See the Deportation Defense Guide for the Faith Communityabove for examples.
  • If you know a community member who is detained, see these additional resources: From Raids to Deportation: A Community Resource Kitand ICE Raid’s Toolkit Immigrant Defense Project.
  • Call Your Elected Officials!Contact local leaders in your jurisdiction. Thank them for any existing policies to protect immigrants, and urge, if you feel led, that sheriff and police not to participate in raids or cooperate with ICE in sharing information about immigrants at risk. See this sample script for your calls.
  • Consider Providing Sanctuary to an immigrant or familyshould they request it: Share your local list of sanctuary congregations or share this list to find houses of worship that can provide housing to families that are scared of being in their homes or sending their kids to school.

Please remember that Disciples resources and supporters through Refugee & Immigration Ministries are ready to offer help and encouragement in this time! Contact RIM Director Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea at: 202-957-7826 , or Tana Liu-Beers, Immigration Legal Counsel at: 317-289-1407 or