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 is preparing 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. Raising further concern, President Trump is expanding the number of targeted individuals and locations.
Immigration enforcement officers are anticipated to target thousands of families, including mixed-status families and teenagers who came into the country unaccompanied and have turned eighteen or older.
To help families and congregations prepare, we have a number of resources located on the Deportation Defense page of the Refugee and Immigration Ministries website for regularly updated resources, and to see deportation and defense resources from Disciples Legal Immigration here .
Here are some resources 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:
Again, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org , or Tana Liu-Beers, Immigration Legal Counsel at: 317-289-1407 or email@example.com.