URGENT: TAKE ACTION NOW TO PROTECT IMMIGRANTS
Call the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and
Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Tell them to Stop ICE Raids and Respect Places of Worship
February 20, 2017
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently detained six men coming out of the hypothermia shelter at Rising Hope Mission Church in Alexandria, Virginia. Places of worship are considered a
"sensitive location"[i] by ICE, which means that it is not ICE policy to make arrests or other enforcement actions at or near sensitive locations, such as houses of worship, schools or hospitals. Arresting ones leaving the church's ministry violates that policy.
As ICE continues these egregious actions, people fear seeking services like shelter they desperately need to survive, and church and community leaders are reporting that people are afraid to go to school, hospitals and places of worship. It is devastating that people may even choose conditions that lead to fatal circumstances, including hypothermia and unaddressed medical emergencies, due to these irresponsible ICE operations.
Raids on immigrant families and communities will not make anyone any safer. Walling off America, reducing community safety, and failing to protect those in need decry our country's values of family unity, fairness and equality. Faith communities have demonstrated unwavering commitment to our immigrant neighbors, including more than
800 congregations[viii] that have pledged support for the Sanctuary Movement and
1,000 faith leaders who have opposed
policies that force local police to be immigration agents. Scripture calls us to love thy neighbor and welcome the sojourner by standing with our brothers and sisters to stop harmful deportations that tear families apart.
AND CALL ICE, DHS, & CONGRESS TODAY:
Immigration and Customs Enforcement: 888-351-4024
Department of Homeland Security: 202-282-8000
Members of Congress: 202-224-3121
Sample Script: "I'm calling to oppose recent ICE operations outside of Rising Hope Mission Church in Alexandria, Virginia. I urge you to immediately STOP inhumane and unjust ICE raids. I also demand that DHS commits to respect places of worship, schools and hospitals by not apprehending people in or near these sensitive locations. Raids don't make our communities any safer, and conducting operations directly outside of a place of worship is a moral outrage and a violation of religious liberty."
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