Category Archives: Advocacy Alerts

#NOT1MORE and Prayer for Families

April 4-6 pray for families to stay together Call to stop deportations by Bill Mefford on March 14, 2014 President Obama will only listen if you and I speak up. We are approaching 2 million deportations, but are not anywhere closer to reforming the U.S.’s broken immigration system. Deportations have devastated communities and torn apart […]

Your Calls Are Needed to Stop Cuts to Refugee Program

Call your members of Congress now! As Congress gets nearer to a budget deal, it is likely that the Office of Refugee Resettlement will not receive the funding it needs, which would likely result in drastic cuts to services. Your Senators and Representatives need to hear from you that a funding increase is drastically needed to ensure […]

Phone Scam targeting Immigrants

Beware of a scam that is happening in SE Michigan: A man calls claiming to be an immigration officer and provides a badge number. He tells the person that they must post a bond to avoid being deported. He instructs the person to get a gift card from a bank and to give him the […]

In Support of Bethany Christian Services

JFON has been working with BCS for the past decade – and we are very familiar with the government program featured in the WOOD TV News Report (which aired at 6pm on Sep 5th, 2013).  The federally funded program is a humanitarian effort to serve a very special population of immigrants – children fleeing persecution […]

Sensationalized Story Targets Unaccompanied Children and Orphans

Dear Advocate, At 6pm tonight, WoodTV8 will be airing a sensationalized story on Bethany Christian Services’ important program for refugee and unaccompanied minor children. You can watch the trailer here – based on that trailer and the piece that ran at noon, we are concerned about the negative way this program (that our community is so proud of!) could […]

We Need Your Prayers

People of faith continue to make their voices heard on immigration reform. We find ourselves at a pivotal moment in the movement for immigration reform. As followers of Jesus, we believe that the combination of faithful prayer and solidarity with those whose lives are directly impacted by our unjust immigration policies, will make a difference […]

Senate Immigration Bill 744 Inadequate

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) of The United Methodist Church praises the U.S. Senate for its initiative in finally passing a bill to reform immigration laws. Unfortunately, though, the agency believes the legislation passed is not what is needed to truly repair the broken U.S. immigration system. “The Border […]

Senate Bill 744 – Call-in TODAY!!

TODAY, the SJC will focus on amendments relating to family unity and the pathway to citizenship. Please call ALL SJC OFFICES (listed below) all day Tuesday, May 21.  We encourage you to call 202-224-3121. Please refer to each amendment by the sponsor’s NAME and associated NUMBER. Possible statement you could use – “As a United Methodist, I […]

“Human Rights First” Approach

United Methodist Women National Office Launches Principles that Call for a “Human Rights First” Approach to Immigration Reform – New York, January 30, 2013 Immigration Reform 2013 United Methodist Women national office welcomes the momentum for national immigration reform this year!  This is the moment we have been waiting for and as women of faith […]

Position Change on Driver’s Licenses for Immigrant Youth

Detroit – Today, the office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued new guidelines that dismantle Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s justification for denying driver’s licenses to students legalized under the President’s Deferred Action program. Michigan is one of only three states, including Arizona, that currently are attempting to deny these newly legalized young […]