The Taskforce in Support of Immigrant Families
The Taskforce in Support of Immigrant Families advocates for social justice for immigrant families. The group meets to educate others on current events and immigration policies. Taskforce members are actively supporting immigrants in several ways.
Some of the members are Guardian Angels who accompany immigrant minors to immigration court. Some members are pen pals with immigrants held in detention centers and other members attend vigils in support of immigrant justice.
All Saints Lutheran Church, ELCA is now a "Welcoming Church," which supports immigrants in our community. We are doing this by developing a resource guide to local services.
What can you do to help these families?
Be informed; contact your representative or senator voicing your concerns about current immigration policies and the reunification of all the separated families. You can also donate money to support these families. Here are helpful websites as well as contact information for your national government representatives.
The following are websites for background and current information as well as ways to donate to support the reunification of families with clothing, housing, food and transportation:
LIRS, Lutheran Immigration and Refuge Services: https://www.lirs.org
ELCA AMMPARO: https://www.elca.org/ammparo
Lutheran Advocacy – Minnesota: www.lutheranadvocacymn.org
The following are websites for background and current information for donating to assist the separated immigration families in court. Those who have legal representation fare much better in court than those who do not. Many probono lawyers are offering their services, but costs still occur.
RAICES is a nonprofit that promotes justice by providing low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children and families and refuges in Texas: https://actionnetwork.org/groups/raices-refugee-and-immigrant-center-for-education-and-legal-services
ACLU American Civil Liberties Union: www.aclu.org
LINKS to US Representatives/Senators in Washington DC:
(Jason Lewis represents Cottage Grove and Betty McCollum represents Woodbury)
Representative Keith Ellison: https://ellison.house.gov/
Representative Tom Emmer: https://emmer.house.gov/
Representative Jason Lewis: https://jasonlewis.house.gov/
Representative Betty McCollum: https://mccollum.house.gov/
Representative Richard Nolan: https://nolan.house.gov
Representative Erik Paulsen: https://paulsen.house.gov/
Representative Collin Peterson: https://collinpeterson.house.gov/
Representative Tim Walz: https://walz.house.gov/