Church’s History of Defending Immigrants Must Continue

Posted on 24. Jan, 2017 by .


Many Americans seem to have forgotten that every single immigrant has a face and a story, and can’t be reduced to a statistic. They are our neighbors, family members, friends, co-workers, and fellow parishioners—and it’s our duty to put an end to the name-calling and to serve as their voice.

In the midst of a heated national debate on immigration, Church leaders are now speaking out to remind us that this is no mere national policy debate, but one that has immediate and profound consequences for our local communities.

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CLINIC applauds end of NSEERS immigrant registry program

Posted on 01. Jan, 2017 by .


The Obama administration had welcome news with its Dec. 22 announcement that it will permanently dismantle the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System, known as NSEERS.

CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson said the decision, which is effective Dec. 23, “is a victory for our Muslim brothers and sisters, and all people of faith and good conscience.”

The program was created after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to enable the government to track visiting or immigrant men from predominantly Muslim countries. It has not been used since 2011, after it was found to be largely ineffective at its purpose but very disruptive to immigrant communities. The regulatory structure for the program remained on the books, however, and it could have easily been reinstated.

Atkinson noted that along with other faith groups, CLINIC has since 2003 argued for dismantling NSEERS. “Not only was it discriminatory and failed to lead to the capture of terrorists,” Atkinson said. “It broke apart families when people were deported for such things as being a day late in fulfilling its requirements due to an auto accident.”

President-elect Donald Trump has said he would create a registry for people from predominantly Muslim countries. The Obama administration’s action does not prevent that from happening. But by dismantling the existing legal structure, a new system of registration would require the creation of new regulations.

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UNSC Resolution Passes!

Posted on 01. Jan, 2017 by .


In late November, Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) delivered a letter to President Obama; Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power; and several other high level staff members within the State Department and White House to encourage a strong U.S. response to a resolution in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) identifying settlements over the Green Line, including those in East Jerusalem, as illegal under international law.

On Friday, December 23, just days before the Christmas holiday, the UNSC passed a resolution demanding Israel end all settlement expansion in East Jerusalem and the West Bank and calling on the Palestinian authority to take immediate steps to end terror and incitement.

The complete text of the UNSC Resolution can be read here.

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Homeless Shelter at St. Boniface

Posted on 03. Dec, 2016 by .

On November 21, a press conference was held at St. Boniface Church, San Francisco. This was the first night of the Interfaith Winter Shelter Program in San Francisco that is hosted by four churches:  a Lutheran congregation, a Unitarian community, and two Catholic parishes.
St. Boniface Church
Franklin Fong, OFM

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Urge ICE to Release Huntington Beach member

Posted on 14. Nov, 2016 by .


Our friend Kapi, father of 2 US Citizens and small business owner, is a valued member of the Huntington Beach, community, and was unjustly re-detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on September 20th. His deportation officer failed to notify him or his attorney that his requested stay of removal had been denied back in May and months later we was picked up by ICE without an opportunity to appeal his case.  We are calling for his immediate release, and administrative closure of his case, due to the negligence of his deportation officer.

Today his family, friends and community will be having a press conference outside of Theo Lacy to make these demands. Black immigrants are detained for longer periods of time and deported at a higher rate. We make a stance against this racist system!

You can support by signing this petition:

Petition: Release Kapi from Detention 

Making a call to ICE: 

FOD Norma Bonales: 213-830-7912

Theo Lacy AFOD Quinones: 714-712-845

Sample Script:

“We demand the immediate release of Chansa Kapijimpana A# 097-680-530 from Theo Lacy. He is the father of 2 US Citizen children and a beloved community member. He is supported by congressional representatives and should be returned to his community”

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