How to Help Immigrants on the Southern Border

Unless you live in your own little bubble, you’ve heard about the concentration camp situation at the southern border of the USA. I’m sure there are people who would say that I’m being a drama queen… and those people need to read this. The actions taking place in denying these kids basic hygiene, clothes, and their families is unconscionable. If you want to pull a FOX News and say that “these aren’t our kids”, I pray God has mercy on your soul because you are in violation of Matthew 25:34-45.

Please share this liberally. All I ask is that you credit me with a link as “Jen of Meditatio” as I don’t use my last name online.

Anyway, before I start listing groups off, I want to remind people that I will gladly kill you off creatively in my Camp NaNoWriMo piece this month in exchange for a donation to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES). Details are here.

The first thing I recommend is begging your Congresscritters to hold hearings on the atrocities going on down there. If you don’t know your Congressional representative, click here. Once you know your Congresscritters, go to their websites to find out their addresses.

House member: http://[lastname]
Senator: http://[lastname]

While you’re at it, I’m sure Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell would *LOVE* postcards from your area. Here are their addresses:

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
1236 Longworth H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Mitch McConnell
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Be nice. Take them to task, but do so respectfully.

My thanks to my friends Sarah, Elizabeth, Marie, Laura, Stacy, and Kelli Grace+ for their help in rounding up resources. I also used links to resources mentioned in this post by Mary of Steel Magnificat.

Individual Organizations
Preemptive Love
New Wave Feminists
Together Rising
Immigrant Families Together
Lawyers for Good Government
Project Corazon Travel Fund
Groups Paying Immigrants’ Bail
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
Women’s Refugee Commission
ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project
Al Otro Lado
The Florence Project
Justice in Motion
Innovation Law Lab
United We Dream
American Immigration Council
National Immigration Law Center
Human Rights First
National Immigrant Justice Center
National Bail Fund Network

Faith-Based Statements and Efforts
USCCB Justice for Immigrants campaign
Catholic Legal Immigration Network
Episcopal Church’s page on Migration, Refugees, and Immigration
Ecumenical Statement on Children in Detention Centers
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Service
Sacred Resistance: Our Commitment to Sanctuary

From Those on the Ground
Bishop Michael Hunn of the Dicocese of the Rio Grande: here and here
Bishop Jim Gonia of Rocky Mountain Synod: here

Close The Camps Now (July 2)
Lights for Liberty (July 12)