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Immigration & Refugees

Wednesday Noon Live September 2020:  Gain valuable insights about our neighbors in detention during the pandemic and concrete information on what we can do. Join us with our special guests,

  • Attorney Mary Campbell who is the program director for ELCA’s AMMPARO, which both means in Spanish means the protection of a living creature from suffering or damage. The acronym – Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities   Mary.Campbell@elca.org
  • Ms. Marisol Fuentes de Dubon part of the Greater Milwaukee Immigration Task Force. She administers the Detained Migrant Project, which is a joint effort between Emmaus ELCA and the Racine Interfaith Coalition, funded with generous support from AMMPARO. fdmarisol@gmail.com
  • Dr. Stephanie Mitchell is a Professor of Latin American History at Carthage College, is a member of Emmaus Lutheran Church, which many people know from when one of our own student pastors, Minister Betty Rendon was deported, And Dr. smitchell@carthage.edu   (Contact Stephanie or Marisol to learn about how to get your congregations more involved by with a small team supporting just one person in detention by contacting Dr. Stephanie Mitchell or Ms. Marisol Fuentes de Dubon above).

Resources discussed on the September WNL program:  AMMPARO Migrant Children   AMMPARO Resources, including Welcoming Congregations     Detention Watch Network – Lives are at risk in detention, especially during COVID.  Learn more.   Portico on October 1, 2020:  You can choose to place your funds into the social responsible fund to not support private prisons.

ELCA TALKING POINTS ON SANCTUARY    The ELCA voted to become a sanctuary denomination at our 2019 Churchwide Assembly!  What does that mean?  Here you go:


LOPPW Resource  Immigration Refugee Resource

ELCA World Hunger on Sanctuary 

ELCA Office of Advocacy:  Responding to our Sorrow with Action

ELCA Social Message on Immigration/Inmigración 

ELCA Family Separation Guide

ELCA presiding bishop, faith leaders issue statement on children in detention

“Dios es nuestro amparo y fortaleza,” (“God is our refuge and strength,”) – Psalm 46:1

AMMPARO is a holistic, whole church commitment by the ELCA, as a church in the world, to accompany children today and in the future.

The word “amparo” in Spanish means the protection of a living creature from suffering or damage. The ELCA’s strategy to Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities (AMMPARO) was envisioned after witnessing the plight of children who are forced to flee their communities because of complex and interrelated reasons, including chronic violence, poverty, environmental displacement and lack of opportunities in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Due to our connection to companion churches in the region, including companion synod relationships, and existing ministries in the U.S., the ELCA is well-positioned to help ensure that these vulnerable children are protected.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

LOPPW Action:  May 2019 Immigration Actions

Letter Rendon Hicapie Gartner Was due by noon on May 17, 2019

Governor Tony Evers Executive Order on the National Guard: eo_13

ACTION ALERT Immigration

Nativity 2018 – Hymn dedicated to refugees seeking asylum, and to those who provide them sanctuary.  Text was written by former LOPPW advisory council member, Rev. Nick Utphall. Nativity2018-Assembly  Nativity2018 (2)

Tuesday, December 18 is International Migrant Day!     Dec 2018 Pledge to Stand in Solidarity with People Seeking Asylum (1) from the Greater Milwaukee Synod

Video on How Family Separation Traumatized Children from The Atlantic

Call to Action posted on October 31, 2018 Comment on two key immigration rules

Updated sample letter to send to your U.S. senator and Congressperson:  Letters for Congress & Senators