Immigration, Sanctuary, & ICE Raids: Resources

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Join to the Immigration Reform Facebook group. There you can read, learn, and create immigration-related posts.
 

Get involved with organizations' efforts

  • DioCal Migration and Immigration Task Force  — Represents DioCal in public comments to local, state, and federal governments
    • ContactThe Rev. Anna Lange-Soto, Chair, 650-245-7759
  • Faith in Action Bay Area — Advocacy, Accompaniment, Financial Assistance, Engagement Opportunities, Rapid Response
    • Contact: Lorena Melgarejo, Executive Director, 650-592-9181
  • Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity — Advocacy, Accompaniment, Financial Assistance, Engagement Opportunities
    • Contact: The Rev. Deborah Lee, Executive Director, 510-948-7899​​

What Can I Do? — Ways to Help Immigrants Seeking Refuge and Asylum

The bishops of the six Episcopal Dioceses of California urge us to speak out and act on behalf of immigrants seeking refuge and asylum in the United States, and especially detained children. Many people are understandably concerned about the welfare of migrants and seek ways to help. Here are some suggestions for ways you can help.

Advocate
  • Speak out to your Congressional representatives as well as local officials. Tell them you oppose the threatened ICE raids and want them to be called off. Urge them to advocate for better conditions in detention centers, the end of child detention centers, and the reunification of families torn apart by family separation policies. If you don’t know who your elected representatives are, find out here.
  • Work with Immigrant Families Together, which has branches through the nation.
  • The Episcopal Public Policy Network offers this suggestion: “Ask your members of Congress to co-sponsor the GRACE Act: The Guaranteed Refugee Admissions Ceiling Enhancement Act, S.1088 & H.R.2146.
     
    This bill would ensure that the U.S. maintains its historic commitment to resettling refugees by requiring that the President set the number of refugees the U.S. will resettle in a given fiscal year at a floor of 95,000. The average number of refugees that U.S. presidents have authorized to be resettled in a fiscal year between 1980 and 2017 has been 95,000. Over the past few years, this number has dropped dramatically, such that this year, the President authorized only 30,000 refugees to come to the U.S. The bill would also mandate quarterly reports on refugee admissions, increasing transparency, accountability, and oversight.”
March in Protest

Search for protests in your area, such as the many locations worldwide for the international protest on July 12, Lights for Liberty.

Provide Legal Assistance
  • Contact your local ACLU, which advises immigrants of their rights and helps them navigate asylum applications as well as other immigration matters.
  • Inform both migrants and citizens of their rights regarding searches and raids by asking the ACLU to host a Know Your Rights workshop. Pass out Know Your Rights cards.
  • Volunteer with and donate funds to organizations doing immigration law work at the border:

Texas: RAICES

San Diego: Jewish Family ServicesCasa CorneliaSan Diego Rapid Response Network

Los Angeles: CHIRLACARECENImmigrant Defenders Law CenterClergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE)Episcopal Sacred Resistance – Los Angeles

New Mexico: Immigration Advocates Network

Arizona: Catholic Charities works to unite families separated by deportation. The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project offers free legal representation to asylum seekers and others.  The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Phoenix is helping asylum seekers and needs donations and volunteers.

  • Provide transportation to immigration court hearings.
  • Accompany people to their ICE check-ins.
  • Help arrange for legal services and advice.
  • Sponsor an immigrant: Some immigrants can be released from detention as they await their asylum hearing if they have a sponsor. The sponsor must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and they must provide housing, food, clothing, and other basic necessities as immigrants await their final hearing, which may take 3-12 months. If you are interested in sponsoring someone, contact one of the organizations above that offer legal assistance.
Donate Goods and Money

In addition to giving money all the organizations listed above, you can also donate desperately needed clothing and some food items at the San Diego shelter for asylum seekers, contact Good Samaritan Episcopal Church. To donate money for clothing, phone cards, or travel funds for asylum seekers, send a check to Good Samaritan with “refugee relief” in the subject line, or donate online here with “refugee relief” in the Tribute field.

Build Relationships with Local Department of Homeland Security Office

U.S. citizens can nurture relationships with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Field Offices and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) community relations officers. This may help to provide important contacts when advocating for individuals, and that is a long-term benefit for one’s work with migrants.

Pray

Pray daily for immigrants and for all the agencies and volunteers working with them. Pray for local, state, and national leaders, for law enforcement agencies, and for immigration courts. Pray for the news media and for the safety and integrity of journalists. 

 

¿Qué puedo hacer? — Maneras de ayudar a los inmigrantes que buscan refugio y asilo

Los obispos de las seis diócesis episcopales de California nos piden que hablemos y actuemos en nombre de los inmigrantes que buscan refugio y asilo en los Estados Unidos, y especialmente de los niños detenidos. Muchas personas están comprensiblemente preocupadas por el bienestar de los migrantes y buscan formas de ayudar. Aquí hay algunas sugerencias de maneras en que puede ayudar.

Abogacía
  • Hable con sus representantes en el Congreso, así como con los funcionarios locales. Dígales que se opone a las redadas amenazantes de ICE y que quiere que se cancelen. Pídales que aboguen por mejores condiciones en los centros de detención, el fin de los centros de detención de niños y la reunificación de familias destrozadas por las políticas de separación familiar. Si no sabe quiénes son sus representantes electos, infórmese aquí.
  • Trabajar con Immigrant Families Together, que tiene sucursales en todo el país.
  • La Red de Políticas Públicas Episcopales ofrece esta sugerencia: “Pida a sus miembros del Congreso que copatrocinen la Ley GRACE: The Guaranteed Refugee Admissions Ceiling Enhancement Act, S.1088 & H.R.2146.

Este proyecto de ley garantizaría que los EE. UU. mantenga su compromiso histórico de reubicar a los refugiados al exigir que el Presidente establezca el número de refugiados que los EE. UU. Reubicarán en un año fiscal determinado en un piso de 95,000. El número promedio de refugiados que los presidentes de los Estados Unidos han autorizado para ser reasentados en un año fiscal entre 1980 y 2017 ha sido de 95,000. "En los últimos años, este número ha disminuido drásticamente, de modo que este año, el Presidente autorizó a solo 30,000 refugiados a venir a los EE. UU. El proyecto de ley también exigiría informes trimestrales sobre la admisión, la transparencia, la responsabilidad y la supervisión de los refugiados".

Marcha en Protesta

Busque protestas en su área, como las ubicaciones en todo el mundo para la protesta internacional del 12 de julio, Lights for Liberty.

Brindar Asistencia Legal
  • Póngase en contacto con su ACLU local, que informa a los inmigrantes sobre sus derechos y les ayuda a navegar las solicitudes de asilo, así como en otros asuntos de inmigración.
  • Informe a los inmigrantes y a los ciudadanos sobre sus derechos con respecto a las búsquedas y las redadas pidiéndole a la ACLU que organice un taller de “Know Your Rights” (Conozca Sus Derechos). Reparta tarjetas de “Know Your Rights”.
     
  • Ofrézcase como voluntario y done fondos a organizaciones que realizan trabajo de leyes de inmigración en la frontera:

Texas: RAICES

San Diego: Jewish Family ServicesCasa CorneliaSan Diego Rapid Response Network (Red de respuesta rápida de San Diego)

Los Angeles: CHIRLACARECENImmigrant Defenders Law Center
Nuevo México: Immigration Advocates Network

Arizona: Catholic Charities trabaja para unir a las familias separadas por deportación. The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project ofrece representación legal gratuita para solicitantes de asilo y otros. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) en Phoenix está ayudando a los solicitantes de asilo y necesitan donaciones y voluntarios.

  • Proporcionar transporte a las audiencias de la corte de inmigración.
  • Acompañar a las personas a sus registros de ICE.
  • Ayudar a organizar servicios legales y asesoramiento.
  • Patrocinar a un inmigrante: algunos inmigrantes pueden ser liberados de la detención mientras esperan su audiencia de asilo si tienen un patrocinador. El patrocinador debe ser ciudadano estadounidense o residente permanente, y debe proporcionar alojamiento, comida, ropa y otras necesidades básicas mientras los inmigrantes esperan su audiencia final, que puede demorar entre 3 y 12 meses. Si está interesado en patrocinar a alguien, comuníquese con una de las organizaciones mencionadas anteriormente que ofrecen asistencia legal.
Donar Bienes y Dinero

Además de dar dinero a todas las organizaciones mencionadas anteriormente, también puede donar la ropa que se necesita con urgencia y algunos alimentos en el refugio de San Diego para solicitantes de asilo, comuníquese con Good Samaritan Episcopal Church. Para donar dinero para ropa, tarjetas telefónicas o fondos de viaje para solicitantes de asilo, envíe un cheque a Good Samaritan con "ayuda a los refugiados" en la línea de asunto, o haga una donación en línea aquí con "ayuda a los refugiados" en el campo Tributo.

Construir Relaciones con el Departamento Local de la Oficina de Seguridad Nacional

Los ciudadanos de los EE. UU. Pueden fomentar las relaciones con las Oficinas de Campo de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE) y con los funcionarios de relaciones comunitarias de los Servicios de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de los EE. UU (USCIS). Esto puede ayudar a proporcionar contactos importantes a la hora de abogar por personas, y eso es un beneficio a largo plazo para el trabajo de uno con los migrantes.

Orar

Ore diariamente por los inmigrantes y por todas las agencias y voluntarios que trabajan con ellos. Ore por los líderes locales, estatales y nacionales, por agencias encargados de hacer cumplir la ley y por los tribunales de inmigración. Ore por los medios de comunicación y por la seguridad e integridad de los periodistas. 


 

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Resources for responding to the needs of undocumented persons and families in our communities

Created by the Rev. Davidson Bidwell-Waite, Deacon for Social Justice

In response to the federal government’s recent announcement of increased enforcement activities against undocumented residents of communities within our Diocese, we are providing resources to assist congregations and individuals in responding to their fear and anxiety.

Below are Rapid Response telephone numbers for all Bay Area counties. These Hotlines are designed to:

  1. Verify that an action by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personal is taking place and to
    1. Stop rumors and calm fears if it is a false alarm,
    2. If it is a raid, to…
  2. Provide observers to help ensure compliance with the law, including Due Process
  3. Connect undocumented persons with online support who can help prevent them from being pressured into signing away their rights
  4. Alert Immigrant Support groups to:
    1. send legal assistance to the detention point to provide advice;
    2. contact social support to help with childcare; and
    3. secure release from Detention on bond, where feasible.

Ways to Get Involved:

Many Congregants are helping support people living in fear in their community by:

  1. Becoming a Rapid Responder for their Zip Code.
  2. Joining an Accompaniment Team to attend hearings for an asylum, temporary protective status or green card  application, or a bond hearing for release from detention, or appeal of a deportation order
  3. Helping families complete a Family Preparedness Plan in case:
    1. The parent is taken into custody en route to picking up their children from school,
    2. The primary income provider for the family is held in long-term detention,
    3. A single parent is injured or ill and unable to work,
    4. The parents are deported and decide to leave their children who are US Citizens behind.

Where To Refer Enquiries:

You can refer enquires for assistance to the following organizations:

CAUTION ALERT: The Unitarian Universalist Church on Franklin in San Francisco was recently visited by 2 women presenting themselves as undocumented and seeking assistance. They were accompanied by another woman taking video allegedly for a documentary. They were later revealed to be from Latina Women for Trump and were posting the videos on Facebook. The church offered information resources and referrals but became suspicious when the women asked for help for male relatives who had committed crimes. UU is providing support, but not a physical sanctuary for several transgender asylum seekers from Africa.
 

Know Your Rights Materials:

Below are “Know Your Rights” resources for the Workplace that can be provided to people seeking assistance. 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS A Guide for California Employers (ILRC August 2017)

What To Do If Immigration Comes To Your Workplace  (NELP, NILC 2017)

Workplace Raids: Employer Rights and Responsibilities(Legal Aid at Work, Summer 2017)

Workplace Raids: Employer Rights and Responsibilities -Spanish (Legal Aid at Work, Summer 2017)

Workplace Raids: Employer Rights and Responsibilities Chinese (Legal Aid at Work, Summer 2017)

Know Your Rights: A Guide to Workplace Rights for Immigrants (Catholic Legal Immigration Network, available in English and Spanish)
 

National resources from the Episcopal Church's Office of Government Relations

Recent (May 2018) webinar on Episcopal Church work on immigration, sponsored by the Office of Government Relations / Episcopal Public Policy Network: 

https://vimeo.com/270703970

General resources:
Resources on the border:
Resources on Dreamers:
Resources on immigration detention:
Resources on Temporary Protected Status (TPS):