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Immigration & Refugees

Check out our resource on Undocumented in Wisconsin 2024

DACA Bills (likely to be reintroduced next session in 2025)

Talking points for Participants


Immigration & Refugee Resources

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AMMPARO Newsletter:  Network Newsletter_Feb2023

2022.08 FINAL – The Jail to Deportation Pipeline in Wisconsin

Afghan Refugees – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service 

  •  and Upper MI (LSS) – partners with LIRS to do the hands-on work of resettlement. LSS anticipates resettling several hundred in Milwaukee in the days ahead. Lutheran Social Services of WI
  •  is directly helping Afghanis at Fort McCoy. They have need of various specific donations support refugees who arrived here with little or nothing. Catholic Charities of LaCrosse

Action Alert: Remove Barriers to Settling Afghan Refugees

Recording of the May 25th Standing With Our Neighbors Panel DiscussionLOPPW and the ELCA’s South Central Synod Team for Immigration Reform and Refugee Support were thrilled to continue our Standing With Our Neighbors discussion by hosting Mary Campbell, immigration attorney and director of the ELCA’s AMMPARO network. Mary discussed AMMPARO’s work with migrant children and families here in the U.S., as well as their efforts in host countries to solve the root causes of migration. Listen to Mary’s discussion here and go to elca.org/ammparo to learn more about this excellent ELCA network.

Recording of the March 23rd Standing With Our Neighbors Discussion.  The ELCA’s South Central Synod Team for Immigration Reform and Refugee Support, in partnership with LOPPW, hosted an interview with Erin Barbato, Director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic at the University of Wisconsin Law School and an expert on immigration policy. In addition to assisting with pro bono services for local immigrant communities, Barbato frequently takes law students to the Dilley Detention Center in Texas to provide legal aid to detained immigrants and asylum seekers at the border. Listen to her experiences and perspectives here.

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:

Immigration & Refugee Resource: Things Congregations Can Do: Learn about the ways your congregation can get involved in defending the rights and dignity of immigrants. Resource here. 

ELCA Resources on Immigration & Refugees

ELCA Office of Advocacy Resource: Responding to our Sorrow with Action

ELCA Resource: Family Separation Guide

ELCA Presiding Bishop Easton: Statement on Children in Detention

ELCA Talking Points on Sanctuary

In 2019, the ELCA voted to become a sanctuary denomination at our 2019 Churchwide Assembly!  What does that mean?


ELCA World Hunger on Sanctuary 

ELCA Social Message on Immigration/Inmigración 

About the ELCA’s AMMPARO Network

“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.

Other Resources

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

Video on How Family Separation Traumatized Children from The Atlantic