With the current crisis happening at the border, we as Christians often sit in the tension between being heartbroken by the news and images we see circulating in the media and feeling powerless in knowing what to do about it. We, at CCDA, have been moved by the courage of our members to speak out and advocate for our brothers and sisters at the border. We see how this pressure has created some national movement regarding family separation – still, we desire to see asylum seekers and immigrants be treated with value and dignity at our border. In addition to raising our collective voice, we recommend getting involved locally to continue the pressure nationally. Here are some practical steps for you to engage in your local community:
- Pray, knowing that your prayer will lead to action. Here you can find a link to a 7-day prayer pamphlet for Immigrants & their Allies by Sergio & Ashley Cortes with the Holy Resistance.
- Many sound theological thinkers are writing important responses to today’s crisis. Here’s a list of some theological responses to the immigration crisis (not an exhaustive list). Continue to use and post on social media.
- If you are a pastor and/or minister, consider preaching a series of sermons on this topic and create an action plan for your congregation.
- Give your financial resources to help people who are doing some of these things. Here are a couple ways to give:
- Purchase baby items from the registry through Baby2Baby2theRescue here.
From your computer / phone:
- Contact your Congress representatives and senators OFTEN
- The ACLU will connect you directly to your senators. Click here.
- Consider using Resistbot, which does the legwork for you in finding your representatives contact information and sends your message directly to them.
- Write op-eds for your local newspaper
- Sign on to some national campaigns putting political pressure on D.C. Here are a couple:
- Take the next 100 days to get involved in a local campaign supporting people who have come out publicly against these horrific practices.
- Volunteer at a shelter for Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) in your area (over 100 nationally). It is a rigorous process to become a volunteer, but it is possible. Research is needed to find a UAC in your area.
- Volunteer at legal aid clinics where asylum families will go, should they make it that far, for help with their asylum cases.
- Join efforts with some local advocacy groups that are completely dedicated to immigrant asylum seekers
- Join in protests happening all across the country on June 30. Find one near you here.
- Join the Families Belong Together Multi-Faith Prayer Vigil held by the Sojourners
- If you are doing something locally and want to promote it to our CCDA organization – let us know here!
- If you are looking for something happening in your local community, check out this map.
As CCDA, we care about seeing people and communities wholistically restored. That means we must have courage, empowered by Jesus of Nazareth, to speak up for the least of these in our society. Today, that means doing something for our brothers and sisters at the border. Do something today.
- The number of asylum requests by Central Americans is rising because Northern Triangle countries are experiencing record levels of violence.
- Central Americans who cite fear of generalized violence in their asylum applications are not making a baseless claim—courts have found that, under the very terms of U.S. asylum law, applicants fleeing gang violence and other threats qualify for protection.
- Favorable outcomes for asylum applications from Central America largely depend on the immigration judge hearing the case and access to legal assistance.
- U.S. agencies have not collected strong evidence showing that the U.S. asylum system is “currently subject to rampant abuse and fraud,” as stated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in remarks to Congress on Oct. 12, 2017.
- Passing the “credible fear” test is not an “easy ticket to illegal entry in the United States,” as stated by Attorney General Sessions on Oct. 12, 2017.
- There is no evidence that criminal groups like the MS-13 are taking advantage of the U.S. asylum or immigration system to place gang leaders in the United States.
- U.S. immigration officials have, over the years, failed to recognize circumstances in which large numbers of people are legitimately seeking political asylum, and thus have contributed to humanitarian tragedies.