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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org , or Tana Liu-Beers, Immigration Legal Counsel at: 317-289-1407 or email@example.com.