The Crisis of Immigrant Families Being Separated at the US/Mexico Border
Light in the Darkness: Vigil for Immigrant Families.
Let us stand in spiritual solidarity with our brothers and sisters separated at our southern border, across continents by forced migration or torn apart by deportation. Let us keep a candle in our homes perpetually burning as we continue to pray for the reunification of families.
What You Can Do Right Now to Help Immigrant Families Separated at the Border
We’ve been hit with this question from our parishioners – “What on earth can we do to try help the families that have been separated?…and what can we do to protest in order to stop this atrocity?”
We came across the following article in The Cut magazine To find out how the general public can fight this horrific policy. The Cut reached out to various organizations that advocate for immigrants’ rights. The attached article with links will direct you on how to volunteer, donate, contact representatives, and protest. Have at it!
Protect Immigrant Children & Families
Since October 2017, over 700 children have been separated from their parents and rendered “unaccompanied,” including over 100 children under the age of four. On May 4, 2018, DHS stated that it will refer all individuals who cross the border without authorization for criminal prosecution, including adult members of family units. If implemented, this policy will undoubtedly lead to a drastic increase in incidences of family separation.
As people of faith we are called to stand with our immigrant brothers and sisters, to stand for families, to stand for the inherent dignity of all people. Join us in taking action!
LIVE Video Conversation on Family Separation
This Thursday, June 21st, at 3:30 PM ET (2:30 PM CT / 1:30 PM MT / 12:30 PM PT) Ignatian Solidarity Network will host a live video conversation with Joanna Williams at the Kino Border Initiative and Dylan Corbett at Hope Border Institute regarding family separation. It will be broadcast live via Facebook Live at: https://www.facebook.com/IgnatianSolidarity/ and available via recording afterward.
Networking Call on Family Separation
The following Monday, June 25th at 2 PM ET (1 PM CT / 12 PM MT / 11 AM PT ) we will host an Ignatian “Networking” Call on Family Separation” to share ways that people can respond and discuss what we can uniquely do as an Ignatian network to respond. Those who are interested can RSVP here: http://igsol.net/180625-family-separation
Justice for Immigrants Resources on Family Separation
Please visit the Justice for Immigrants site to find resources on Family Separation. Learn about the policy and what you can do to help stop Family Separation whether you are a parishioner, an advocate or a social worker.
Areas That Always Need Action
Temporary Protected Status
The United States is currently home to over 300,000 immigrants from 10 countries who receive Temporary Protected Status (TPS). TPS has given these individuals the opportunity to rebuild their lives in the U.S. when conditions in their countries of origin, such as natural disasters or armed conflict, prevent their return.
A vital part of Jesuit Refugee Service’s mission is to defend the rights of refugees and migrants throughout the world. JRS advocates for just and generous policies and programs for the benefit of victims of forced displacement, so people made vulnerable by exile can receive support and protection, and so a durable solution to their plight can be achieved.
JRS/USA works with an international network of JRS programs in more than 45 countries, and with other human rights and refugee assistance organizations to tell the story of the “forgotten” refugee. By bringing field-based accounts of needs that too often do not make the headlines to the attention of policy makers in the United States, and by proposing specific actions to meet these needs, JRS advocacy seeks to make a direct and lifesaving impact on the well-being of refugees and forced migrants.
Stand in Support of Dreamers
The Dream Act of 2017 (S 1615 / HR 3440) was introduced in Congress as a bipartisan effort earlier this year. It is intended to protect immigrant youth who entered the United States as children and know America as their only home. The bill offers qualifying immigrant youth “conditional permanent resident status” and a path to full lawful permanent residency and eventual citizenship. This bill would protect numerous youth, including the estimated 780,000 individuals who received temporary relief from deportation and employment eligibility through the Department of Homeland Security’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.