What Can We Do About Raids and the Humanitarian Crisis at the Border?

The FAN staff is heartbroken by the ongoing humanitarian crisis at our border and with potential ICE raids across the country. Many have asked what they can do to help our immigrant sisters and brothers. All actions start with prayer. But as Christians and Franciscans we are called to do more. After praying here are some suggestions on what to do next:

  • Educate yourself and educate others

Recently, Sr. Marge Wissman, a sister of St. Francis of Oldenburg, IN and FAN board member, went with several others to the border town of Laredo, TX to help at asylee processing center there. We encourage you to read about her very personal experiences and look at the many photos of people she encountered on this blog post. You can share her post via Facebook and Twitter.

In response to the President’s threat that his administration was preparing to deport “millions” of immigrants, FAN issued this statement, decrying the rhetoric used to instil fear in many immigrant communities. Additionally, the Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez, Bishop of Austin and Chair of the USCCB Committee on Migration, issued this statement urging a “focus on the root causes in Central America that have compelled so many to leave their homes…”.

  • Call your members of Congress

Our members of Congress need to hear from us on a regular basis. Calling them weekly is one of the most important actions constituents can take. Let them know that you are outraged by the humanitarian crisis on the border and by ICE raiding our communities. Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121. Use this Interfaith Congressional Recess Toolkit with the top 5 ways to take action.

  • Take Action

Lights for Liberty is a coalition hosting candlelight vigils all over the country on Friday, July 12th. Grab a candle and find a vigil near you.

The Washington Post reported in an article on July 21st that “[ICE] is planning to use hotel rooms as temporary staging areas to detain parents and children until all the members of a family are together and ready for deportation.” This petition is a call to all major hotel chains to publicly commit that they won't be help facilitate mass round-ups of our immigrant neighbors. Please take a moment to sign.

  • Donate

Sr. Norma and Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley is in need of support at their Humanitarian Respite Center. (Be sure to indicate as such in the dropdown.)  You can also find additional organizations to donate to here.

Br. Juan Turcios, OFM is working with immigrants on both sides of the Southern US border in partnership with the School Sisters of Notre Dame. For those who wish to support their ministry financially, checks should be made payable to:
School Sisters of Notre Dame. Please write "Immigrant Support" on the memo line.

Mail to:
School Sisters of Notre Dame
C/O Sr. Judy Bourg, SSND
1047 E. 10th St.
Douglas, AZ 85607

  • Additional Resources

It was reported the deportation raids have been delayed two weeks to allow for negotiations on Capitol Hill regarding immigration reform. Many organizations prepared emergency response resources for immigrant communities and their advocates. Here are a few:

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