March 5, 2018, is President Trump’s deadline for congress to pass a permanent solution for over 800,000 young immigrants. Each day 122 DREAMers lose their status. On March 5, this number will increase to over 1,000 per day. We are disappointed that Congress has gone on recess until February 27 and after continual debates and negotiations, there is no indication that congress is able to pass a permanent and moral solution to this crisis.
Action: More than ever we call on you to continue contacting your members of congress, asking them to pass a clean DREAM Act.
Temporary Protection Status: Urgent deadline approaching
In January 2018, President Trump’s administration announced that it would end Temporary Protection Status (TPS) for over 200,000 Salvadorans. Salvadorans can register to extend their TPS until 2019, but must do so by March 19, 2018.
Here is a resource that answers questions about the process of reapplying/registering for TPS. It is imperative that the Salvadorans be aware of this information as this is the last opportunity they will have to reapply.
On, February 24, CBF’s Lucha Ministries will be hosting the Salvadoran Consulate in Fredericksburg, VA to facilitate assistance for TPS registrations.
Action: Please share this urgent information with the Salvadoran community. Contact your representatives and Senators urging them to pass legislation that will allow residents from these countries to fully contribute to society without fear of deportation.
Highlights on CBF’s Advocacy Action Team on Immigration and Refugees Advocacy
In April of 2017, CBF Advocacy established its first-ever Advocacy Action Team to educate, encourage and equip effective advocacy with immigrant and refugee communities. The members of this team cultivate a network of active advocates, provide useful up-to-date resources, and encourage direct policy advocacy at critical moments. Highlighted below are several of the ways our Team has enhanced advocacy efforts of those in the fellowship in the past 10 months:
- Encouraged hundreds of advocates to actively engaged in advocacy, educating communities, meeting, calling or writing their members of congress, reached out to their networks and share resources. This number should reach 500 advocates in the coming months.
- Published several Immigration and Refugee advocacy resources including a Comprehensive Resource List to enable educated advocacy. They can all be found on our website.
- Represented CBF in Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy among national and local state events and organizatoins, some include:
- National Immigration Forum’s, “Leading the Way”
- World Relief’s World Refugee Day
- New Baptist Covenant Summit
- New American Economy: iMarch events
- Bread for the World
- Christian Churches Together
- Produced DREAMer advocacy videos that have been viewed over 20,000 times on social media.
- After producing videos, Jemima, one of our DREAMers, was invited by World Relief to join the Voices of Christian Dreamers to meet with members of Congress and advocate for a permanent solution. Here is a video of Jemima with other DREAMers.
- Sent out letters to Senators of 17 states with signatures of 285 leaders and pastors within the fellowship, calling on them to pass the Dream Act with a positive bipartisan response.
- Anyra Cano, Advocacy Action Team coordinator, was featured in a press conference held by Faith in Public Life urging congress to pass a Dream Act and was featured in Baptist News Global.
- Came alongside Pastor Jose Chicas’ community in their cry and advocacy to halt deportation orders against him.
- Joined Greenwood Forest Baptist Church’s advocacy for Gilles Bikindou, an asylum seeker, who is detained and awaiting deportation, while facing a life-threatening health condition.
- Helped to tell the story of a young DREAMer, Vilma Soto, by having her speak at a meeting of the North American Baptist Fellowship
Stay tuned for the announcement of a Baptist Call-In Day for DREAMers.
Advocacy in Action Conference
We invite you to join us March 12-15 in Washington D.C. as we learn from different advocacy groups and learn how to be an effective advocate – locally, nationally, and globally. We will also have an opportunity to meet with members of congress.
For more information: http://www.cbf.net/advocacy-in-action/