Category Archives: Advocacy Alerts

NJFON Unaccompanied Minors Update

Urgent Humanitarian Crisis Overview The surge of unaccompanied minors is a migration emergency that is growing in national attention as increasing numbers of children flee violence and extreme poverty in their home country and cross the border into the U.S.  Below is a brief overview of this crisis, along with some resources for more in-depth […]

A Humanitarian Crisis

5 Things You Need to Know About Unaccompanied Children SOURCE: AP/Eric Gay Detainees play as others sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville, Texas. By Philip E. Wolgin and Angela Maria Kelley | June 18, 2014 Léalo en español The number of children fleeing violence by themselves to the United States from Honduras, Guatemala, […]

Shocking Photos Of Humanitarian Crisis On U.S. Border Emerge

An Article from Huffington Post – Posted: 06/06/2014 4:31 pm EDT Updated: 06/06/2014 5:59 pm EDT    Disturbing images of children warehoused along the border by the federal government emerged on Friday, posted by Breitbart Texas reporter Brandon Darby. The haunting pictures show a system overwhelmed by children and families detained by Customs and Border Protection, reflecting a growing […]

#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 […]

“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 […]

Hope for DREAMers

United Methodist Interagency Task Force on Immigration Praises President Obama’s Decision United Methodists across the country are celebrating President Obama’s decision to direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to stop deporting undocumented immigrant youth and allow them to obtain work permits if they arrived in the United States before they turned 16 and are […]

National Family Day of Unity

National Family Day of Unity First Place – 207 E Fulton Grand Rapids – Michigan May 31st, 2012 4pm Event Details: AIR/Reform Immigration for America (RIFA) has joined Fair Immigration Reform Movement’s (FIRM) call for a National Day of Action for Family Unity on May 31st.  RIFA is organizing Michigan events.  The goal of the Day of […]