I recent participated in a webinar given by the Interfaith Immigration Coalition and Refugees Welcome. Below are some resources, contacts, as well as some FAQs regarding the issue
If you have any questions for following up, you can ask me: Mike McNamara firstname.lastname@example.org 240 802 0131 (particularly about what is happening in our presbytery) or if they are broader movement based questions, or about the information listed below, you can contact: Lacy Broemel REFUGEE and IMMIGRATION POLICY ANALYST Office of Government Relations | The Episcopal Church | 202-599-8601 | email@example.com
Actions to take:
- Immediately make your voices heard to your local, state and national elected leaders. Call 1-866-940-2439 and tell them: “I SUPPORT REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT!” Check legislative leaders in your area at: www.usa.gov/elected-officials
- Communicate that you will stand with immigrants and refugees through upcoming challenges
- Create spaces of healing and strategizing
- Educate communities about their rights
- Report hate crimes: www.splcenter.org/reporthate
- Click here to sign up to receive advocacy updates on refugees and immigration from CWS Immigration and Refugee Program!
- Click here to pledge your resistance to deportations through Sanctuary
- Plan and participate this Sunday in a solidarity multi-faith vigil to build unity and protect democratic values. Go to www.initiatehope.net for further info
- Refugee Resettlement Offices Around US(note original link was broken, I believe I found the list, but I also wanted to include link to broader organization, listed second): https://static1.squarespace.com/static/580e4274e58c624696efadc6/t/5852d708893fc09029df88c1/1481824008630/Public+Affiliate+Directory+12-13-16.pdf
- Refugees Welcome Resources: www.refugeesarewelcome.org
- Refugee Council USA Updated Congressional Toolkit:
- Know Your Rights: nationalimmigrationproject.org/tools.html &
- Sanctuary Movement: sanctuarynotdeportation.org
- Learn more about the Syria Supper Club model in N.J. spoken about by Kate McCaffrey on the call: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b084da9ab23a02-syrian
Q: What is the status of DACA & DAPA?
A: The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was created by an executive order in 2012 and President-elect Trump has talked about stopping it. It is unclear when or how we plans to do this, so critical for all of us to raise our voices against such a move. The program allows individuals who came to the U.S. as children and are undocumented to work and travel legally, and has helped more than 800,000 people. The later programs, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and expanded DACA programs, were never implemented due to the Supreme Court ruling against them.
Q: What authority does the President have over the resettlement program?
A: The refugee resettlement program was authorized by Congress in the 1980 Refugee Act, which authorizes the U.S. to admit a number of refugees each year as stipulated by the President. The resettlement program operates at the will of the President, so the President could stop the program entirely. While Congress provides funding for the Office of Refugee Resettlement and the State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, it is the President who determines how many refugees will be resettled each year.
Q: How can I protect my city’s current status as a “sanctuary city,” or make my city a “sanctuary city”?
A: Now is the time to connect with your local police departments, mayors and city councils to encourage them to protect all members of your community. For communities that already have "sanctuary" policies, this means holding strong to those policies and refusing to collaborate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. For communities that do not have these policies, now is the time to enact them. Community safety increases for everyone when everyone feels safe approaching police. It is likely that both the administration and congress will attempt to take away federal funding from communities with sanctuary policies.