As we work and hope for possible immigration reform, we need to protect our communities from scams. Every time there is talk of reform, there are those who try to take advantage of people, saying there is a “new law.” No new law exists yet. No new path to legalization exists yet. Avoid “immigration consultants” and notarios who make false promises.
Much activity has been happening on the Immigration Reform front in DC over the past few weeks-and your participation is needed now to continue the progress! CELEBRATE that the Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday recommended funding of $1.016 for the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and the House recently recommended $992 million. Both are increases from the previous year, and Advocates are supporting the Senate recommendation to be enacted into law.
The Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), today expressed her strong support for bi-partisan efforts at comprehensive immigration reform. According to Watkins, “This is a time of unprecedented opportunities for working together to achieve reform that is consistent with both the Biblical mandate to welcome the stranger (Dt. 10:19) and our General Assembly’s call for comprehensive immigration reform that is ‘just, humane and compassionate’ (2007 GA Resolution, ‘Welcoming New Neighbors.’).
On Monday, 18 year old Veronica Saravia stood before an array of media representatives at a Press Conference of faith and immigrant groups in DC and shared her story as a member of a Salvadoran family of immigrants. “My family has mixed status. My mother is a citizen. My father is awaiting approval of status adjustment. And my 10 year old sister and I are “DREAMers”–who arrived into the U.S. as children and have been working hard in schools to have a future and be good Americans.” Veronica spends her free time helping others get their citizenship and educating about the challenges of immigrants. “Please help keep my family together, and remember the time to do it is NOW-not in 30
Refugee and Immigration Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is among the signers of a letter from 850+ national, state, and local non-profit…Read more >
For those in the DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia (DMV) area, we invite you to show your support for Refugees and Immigrants by signing up…Read more >
Shaymaa and her family are two time refugees, from Iraq to Syria and from Syria to the United States. They are now rebuilding their lives…Read more >
For updates on Immigrant and Farm Worker rights check out the August RIM Wrap. Included in this newsletter are the following: – Community Navigators Training…Read more >