(July 12, 2016) Disciples have partnered with other national faith partners to develop a faith resource that educates faith communities about the recent Supreme Court decision, and also calls faith communities to action in solidarity with immigrant families seeking freedom from fear of family separation, detention, and deportation. We hope this information can be helpful in your personal conversations with immigrants in your communities, and also for your congregation to use as a study guide, and preparation for action to support immigrants in your church community. See resource here.
Another great resource that helps families prepare for moving forward and helping communities conduct outreach to share resources, understand forms of relief they may access, protect themselves against deportation, and support naturalization efforts. The resource is called “The Fight Continues: Building Power, Capacity and Collaboration in the Field,” and was presented by advocacy partners across the country on July 12. See this resource here.
(May 13, 2016) Please see the link here about possible outcomes when the Supreme Court issues a decision on the Texas v. U.S.—sometimes called the “DACA/DAPA+” case. A decision continues to be anticipated to come perhaps in June.
(April 20, 2016) Thousands gathered to urge the Supreme Court to uphold President Obama’s actions on immigration. Four Disciples clergy were among those on Monday, during oral arguments in the case of Texas v. US, which has blocked Executive Action since it was announced by Obama in November of 2014. Hear one of their prayers.
Disciples clergy there included Woodie Rea, Washington, D.C., Cheri Métier of Sam Diego, Laurie Andersen of Kansas City, and Refugee & Immigration Director Sharon Stanley-Rea.
(January 19, 2016) See this for information on next steps on DAPA/DACA
WASHINGTON (January 19, 2016) — President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, stuck in legal limbo for the past year, will get a Supreme Court hearing before the 2016 presidential election.
The justices announced their decision to hear the case, known as United States v. Texas, on Tuesday, after their private conference meeting Friday morning. For weeks, the federal government and Texas had fought a procedural battle over whether the justices should take up the case before the end of June, the close of the court’s current term.
The president can now seek Supreme Court vindication of his decision in November 2014 to defer the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants, who have waited for years for comprehensive immigration reform. Read more.
It just became much more likely that the president
will get his immigration plan reviewed by the justices.
WASHINGTON (December 1, 2015) — It looks like President Barack Obama may get a chance to defend his immigration policies in court before he leaves office.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday granted a request from the federal government that essentially secures timely consideration of Obama’s executive actions on immigration — raising the likelihood that the justices will hear the case in the spring and decide it by the end of June, when their current term ends.
Since the administration filed its appeal of the case to the Supreme Court in late November, Texas and U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli had been embroiled in a procedural tussle over timing. Texas, the lead plaintiff in 26 states’ suit against the executive actions Obama announced last year, had been seeking to delay consideration of the appeal, while Verrilli argued that a delay was unwarranted. Read more.
Legal Brief Filed by 224 Groups Pushes High Court to Hear Landmark Immigration Case, Texas v. U.S.
Washington, D.C. (December 1, 2015) — A coalition of 224 immigration, civil rights, labor, and social service groups has filed an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief, urging the Supreme Court to review the case, Texas v. U.S., that has blocked some of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The filing comes less than a month after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a preliminary injunction put in place by a Texas federal district court that blocked implementation of protections for millions of immigrants across the country. Read more.
(November 20, 2015) TODAY is one year since the announcement of Executive Action to bring relief to immigrants–and today the Dept. of Justice filed an appeal to the Supreme Court to consider this case, which has been held up in court and blocking implementation of DACA and DAPA since its announcement. Next, we anticipate that the Supreme Court will rule early next year on whether or not they will take the case. If so, a decision could potentially be reached around June of 2016. Please see photos here of advocates at the White House today–one year later. And, please check regularly for updated information on the progress of the case’s journey to the Supreme Court, and how you can prepare now for its implementation.
(November 16, 2015) THIS FRIDAY, November 20th, will mark one year since President Obama took executive action to announce immigration relief which could have offered temporary assistance and healing to 4-5 million undocumented immigrants and their families. Since nearly the time of the announcement, implementation of key provisions of the President’s relief, such as extended DACA and DAPA, have been blocked by the courts. Last week, in the wake of a latest ruling by the 5th Circuit Court, DHM issued the following statement. Now THIS WEEK, we encourage you to consider reading information on “next steps” from the National Immigration Law Center, and JOIN IN A LOCAL ACTION TO MARK THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF EXECUTIVE ACTION, AND PREPARE FOR THESE NEXT STEPS, IN YOUR AREA!! See a list of multiple actions around the country. And, please contact our office at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-957-7826 if you are aware of other events—and to share your pictures as you participate in actions this week!!
In response to the Fifth Circuit Court’s decision on DAPA and expanded DACA, faith leaders call for Supreme Court to reverse decision
WASHINGTON (November 11, 2015) – Following the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Texas v. U.S., religious leaders and faith-based organizations across the country are asking the Supreme Court to support the Obama administration’s appeal and reverse the ruling.Last November, President Obama announced executive actions to create the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program and expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in an effort to provide relief from deportation for more than five million undocumented individuals. Now nearly one year later, the Fifth Circuit Court has upheld an injunction against the actions, leaving millions of individuals separated from their families and living in fear of deportation. Read more and read statement from Rev. Ronald J. Degges, President of Disciples Home Missions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Disciples Immigrant Stories
See how lives in our Disciples family are impacted or not impacted by the President’s Administrative Relief here. Thanks to the Oakland Peace Center and Tapestry Ministry’s Mustard Seed Project for providing these!
Deferred Action for Immigrants: find out if you’re eligible, how to apply, and how to get legal help.
White House Resources
The following resources on Executive Action have been provided through the White House:
Remarks by the President in Address to the Nation on Immigration
White House Fact Sheet on Executive Action (Spanish)
White House Fact Sheet on the Economic Benefits of Fixing our Broken Immigration System
USCIS breakdown of initiatives, who is eligible and how to apply (Spanish)
Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) Opinion: The Department of Homeland Security’s Authority to Prioritize Removal of Certain Aliens Unlawfully
White House Pocket Card (Spanish)
If you use Twitter, you can follow related conversations at #ImmigrationAction or #AccionMigratoria
Administrative Relief Resource Center
Administrative Relief Resource Center — This site has been developed by a broad partnership of legal and service groups, and offers abundant resources to answer your questions about Administrative Relief.
American Immigration Council
A Guide To The Immigration Accountability Executive Action (American Immigration Council, Special Report, November, 2014)
National Immigration Law Center
Church World Service
CWS celebrates President Obama’s “Immigrant Accountability Executive Action”
Faith Talking Points on President’s Executive Action
Call for Action
Interfaith Immigration Coalition
Please see these worship resources related to immigration themes, developed by a Presbyterian clergy couple in Delaware, and shared by the Interim Pastor at Gayton Road Christian Church in Richmond, Va.
Immigrants and Fasters Listen to the President’s Announcement Outside the White House Last Night
The Dreamers’ Moms group pictured here were among those outside the White House during the President’s announcement. This is the group which fasted for 18 days to ask the après. to offer Administrative Relief and stayed at the National City Christian Church bunkhouse for 10 days!
(November 20, 2014) This evening President Obama makes the long-awaited announcement that he will take executive action to ease the suffering caused by our broken immigration system. There are many facets to the program, but here is some initial information about benefits for individuals who are currently undocumented: Read more.
Dear Disciples Partners,
As you have no doubt heard through most recent news, the White House revealed yesterday afternoon that President Obama will announce at 8 p.m. ET TONIGHT his plans for Executive Actions to fix some elements of our nation’s broken immigration system. It was gratifying to hear this news immediately following return yesterday outside the White House with farm workers who have traveled across the country this week to offer a “Thanksgiving invitation” to urge the President to take such action. They testified as the faces of immigrants-like those pictured here–who grow our food, improve our economy, and have invested for so many years in U.S. communities. Read more.
10 Things to Know About Tonight’s Immigration Announcement by President Obama
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 >