The Obama administration is conducting raids
to deport Central American families.
YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED: Call the White House TODAY!
Background: While communities around the country were gathering for worship on Christmas Eve, media outlets reported that the Department of Homeland Security is beginning raids to deport Central American children and adults who entered the United States seeking asylum and have had a final order of removal since January 1, 2014. This includes children and families who lost their asylum cases because they were unable to find adequate legal counsel, as well as individuals who were given deportation orders in absentia or through rapid fast court processes (sometimes called "rocket dockets") that are meant to expedite trials but in reality deny due process.
This announcement, coupled with the deportation of more than two million mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers over the course of this administration, has left people in fear of being separated from their families, detained and deported during the holiday season.
Raids are an inhumane and unjust response to the humanitarian crisis that has caused thousands to flee the horrific realities of brutal violence and extreme poverty in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Instead of deporting families seeking safety, the administration should see that they are provided adequate representation to seek asylum. The administration should also address the causes of the violence forcing so many individuals to flee.
WHAT CAN WE, AS PEOPLE OF FAITH, DO?
1) TELL THE WHITE HOUSE to STOP planned raids on Central American children and families!
Call the White House at 1-866-961-4293.
Here's a sample script:
You can also call the White House Comment Line directly at 1-888-907-2053.
I'm from City, State, Congregation/Community and as a person of faith, I urge President Obama to immediately STOP plans to deport Central American children and families. These individuals are fleeing violence and should have access to legal counsel so that they can apply for asylum and protection in the United States."
2) REGISTER BELOW for our MONDAY, JANUARY 11TH, 4 P.M. EASTERN TIME WEBINAR with Interfaith Immigration Coalition partners to learn more about faith responses to the ICE raids, and to consider having your church help a family by offering shelter, as a part of the Sanctuary Movement.
Speakers will discuss rapid response to raids, know your rights, deportation defense, and how your congregation can join the Sanctuary Movement so that together we can try to stop the raids and halt the deportations.
Speakers will include:
Jen Smyers, Church World Service-brief policy update),Raul Alcaraz Ochoa, United We DREAM
- Deportation Defense, Rev. Noel Andersen and Rev. Alison Harrington - the Sanctuary Movement.
The Webinar Call in Number is: (641) 715-3670
(Please note new call in number)
You can also learn more about the Sanctuary Movement to shelter immigrants from raids at:
4) SEE AND SHARE THESE RESOURCES FROM OUR DISCIPLES IMMIGRATION LEGAL COUNSEL to help the immigrant families you may know at risk protect themselves!
Find multiple resources in Spanish language at:
And, find resources specific to protecting families from raids at: www.disciplesimmigration.org/recursos/redadas2016
5) SIGN ON NOW
to a Groundswell letter that will send a message of compassion for the targeted families to the White House!
Go here to sign:
6) TWEET to the White House for justice for the families!
Here is a sample tweet: .
As a person of faith I am OPPOSED to your plans to deport Central American kids and families who need PROTECTION. #Not1More
7) ACCESS ADDITIONAL RESOURCES from our partners with the Interfaith Immigration Coalition here: From our partners at and related to the
Interfaith Immigration Coalition
Know Your Rights!
It is imperative to educate all immigrant communities on know-your-rights resources. The most important information is DON'T OPEN THE DOOR to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), police or anyone else if they do not have a warrant signed by a judge.
Report When A Raid Is Happening:
TEXT ALERTS WATCH ICE: 877877