How You Can Get Involved in
Welcoming, Supporting, and Protecting Our Immigrant Neighbors
Before Sept. 5, urge the President to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program (write to The Honorable Elaine C. Duke, Secretary of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528) and our Senators Warner and Kaine to support the Dream Act, reintroduced by Senators Durbin and Graham, to provide a pathway to citizenship for young people who know of no other home than the United States. They have lived here, attended school here and become contributors to our communities, and should not have to live in fear of being rounded up by ICE and deported to a country they have never known.
For more information on defending DACA and supporting the Dream Act, your may access a webinar from Presbyterians for Just Immigration here. The recording also includes the visuals shared during the webinar. Those visuals offer educational resources and advocacy options for supporting DACA recipients.
Support the Legal Aid Justice Center in its civil suit on behalf of Latino plaintiffs against the ICE practice of making collateral arrests based on racial profiling, by donating to its Immigration Advocacy Program. “ICE agents go out into the field looking for a person,” notes Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg, Legal Director of LAJC’s Immigration Advocacy Program. “They don’t find them so they basically arrest some other person that they do find instead. They call it collateral arrests. We call it racial profiling.”
For more information on advocacy, contact
Drive a Charlottesville immigrant neighbor to ICE check-ins, court hearings, or registration with US Citizenship Information Services in Arlington or Alexandria, VA. Scammers are charging up to $600 for such transportation for people who do not have driver’s licenses, and therefore are vulnerable to being arrested. Contact
Support Sanctuary Congregations
Serve as WPC’s liaison to sanctuary congregations, and volunteering to organize or provide hospitality (food, laundry, child care, transportation, etc.) for persons sheltered while appealing their deportation orders. Contact or
Rapid Response Hotline
Serve as a volunteer for a hotline being developed through LAJC and Sin Barreras, to assist persons who are subjected to an ICE enforcement action in their homes, school, or workplace. Contact
Visit Detainees at Farmville Detention Center
Volunteer with the Capital Area Immigrant Rights coalition, based in Washington, DC, and which visits Farmville twice a month for two days, to provide legal information and assistance to detainees who do not have their own legal representation. Requires a 2-hour training. Contact