Friend,My husband is British. I remember sitting in what was then the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) office soon after our wedding, waiting to be interviewed so that he could get his green card. It was October 2001, and there were very few people in the waiting room. Our immigration lawyer said that since 9/11, many of his clients had been showing up for their interviews and getting arrested, so many had stopped coming.
Recent Acting in Faith posts on immigration
On sacred ground: Encountering God's transforming power at an immigrant rights march
Guest blogger Judy Goldberger says, “On Saturday, May 1st, I witnessed … an inbreaking of God’s deeper reality. In the face of rhetoric that names undocumented immigrants as animals, invaders, and thieves, men, women, and children had come together to assert their humanity and the nation’s obligation to treat them with respect. I was standing on sacred ground.”
“For our country, let us toil joyfully:” Supporting Haitians in becoming citizens in Florida
I visited AFSC’s program in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., which supports Haitian immigrants in preparing for the citizenship test. “I’m hopeful that the immigration reforms being considered in Congress will help to make all immigrants’ experience more equitable, regardless of country of origin, skin tone, or whether they are able to pass the citizenship test. I’m hopeful that families will be able to stay together, as mine has been able to do.”
Witness to a family’s tragedy
Staff member Elissa Steglich writes about a client who was recently deported: “We as a nation like to take credit for the ’immigrant success stories.’ We need to accept responsibility for the tragedies as well. My tax dollars locked my client up today. My government crushed a kind man's heart for no good reason.”
Deported without warning: How the loss of a father in Newark is affecting a community (PODCAST)
Madeline Schaefer interviews the girlfriend of the man deported in the above post. “Kofi (whose name was changed for this story) was detained and deported to his home country in Africa. The family he left behind—including a girlfriend and two children—are struggling with his absence, unsure of their future or his fate. Hear the story of this family, and hear how the AFSC community in Newark is speaking out against his deportation and others that tear apart families.”
Tell the Senate: Protect immigrants from endless delays
S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, has reached the Senate floor for debate. The latest version creates unreasonable delays in bringing families together.
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Take a look at the immigrant ally resources for Quaker meetings. Consider hosting a study group, starting a letter writing ladder, or adopting a policymaker to help the work for just immigration reform.