• "...to bring good news to the poor... proclaim release to the captives... let the oppressed go free..."
  • (Luke 4:18-19)
  • MISSION FOCUS:

    Immigration

     
    American Baptist Women’s Ministries focused in 2014-2015 upon the issue of immigration. This continuing issue of justice and compassion will be in our headlines throughout the campaign cycle, but it is often difficult to sort the facts from the rhetoric. On this page, you will find resources and suggestions of ways you can educate yourself on this critical issue. Children need our help; families need our support and advocacy; nations—including our own—need our prayers. 

    For Your Study
    Links
    • ABCUSA participates in the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, which provides educational materials and opportunities for advocacy.
    • The National Immigration Forum is an immigrant advocacy organization with representatives from all sides of the issue. The website has resources, information about policies and advocacy, and a blog. (Subscribe to the blog by copying the URL of the blog page into your blog reader.)

    What You Can Do
    • NEW:  Register for the Immigration Immersion Experience sponsored by American Baptist Women's Ministries, scheduled for August 27-September 3, 2016. Click here for more information.
    • NEW:  Visit the website of Border Angels, www.borderangels.org, an all-volunteer non-profit organization that advocates for human rights, humane immigration reform, and social justice with a special focus on issues related to the U.S.-Mexican border. Border Angels engages in community education and awareness programs that include guided trips to the desert to place water along migrant crossing routes as well as the border to learn about the history of U.S.-Mexico border policy and experience the border fence firsthand.
    • NEW:  Visit the website of DREAMer's MOMS, www.dreamersmoms.org, whose vision is to represent immigrant women working towards immigration reform at a national level.
    • NEW:  The Deported Veterans Support House, www.deportedvetranssupporthouse.com, supports deported veterans on their path to self-sufficienty by providing assistance in the realms of food, clothing, and shelter as they adjust to life in their new country of residence. They advocate for veterans and their families.
    • The National Immigration Forum (NIF) has announced their Immigration 2020 Agenda, a blueprint for how the NIF plans to proceed over the next several years to release new research, sharpen a narrative, and advance local and national public policies that ensure American thrives. Click here for more information. You can also engage in local roundtables for specific cities across the U.S.
    • Find a screening or host one of one of the following documentaries:
      • "Abrazos: A Journey in Search of One's Identity," a film by Luis Argueta, www.abrazosthedoc.blogspot.com. This documentary follows a family of U.S. citizen children who travel from Minnesota to Guatemala to visit their grandparents for the first time. Abuelos y Nietos Juntos is a project of family reunification between the sons and daughters of Guatemalan immigrants in Worthington, Minnesota and their grandparents in San Marcos, Guatemala. If there are no screenings scheduled in your area, use the contact form on the website to find out how you can host a screening.
      • Luis Argueta is the producer of another award-winning documentary, "abUSed," http://abusedthepostvilleraid.com/, about the Postville Raid, a U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid on a kosher slaughterhouse and meat-packing plant in Postvile, Iowa, in May of 2008. This resulted in nearly 400 arrests of undocumented persons. Only some were allowed to remain in the U.S. on a U-visa; the remainder were convicted and deported. The impact of the raid, arrests, and deportations on the families, business, and entire community of Postville was devastating.

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