How to advocate for immigrants
There are not enough hands to help all the people at the border, so why not joining there?
Consider connecting to an organization helping on site.
Here at Worth Manifesto, we will start organizing a few trips to bring help to the border, and it would be great if you could join me.
Then help support the efforts of those who can
(ahem! >> Worth Manifesto).
But also, consider supporting others who might have time but not the resources (such as college kids), and also, support churches already at the border, bringing relief to asylum seekers and traveling migrants.
Here are a few names:
First, educate yourself from credible sources about immigration (not Fox news, Huffington Post, or CNN).
Here are a few:
Freedom For Immigrants
American Immigration Council
International Rescue Committee
We Welcome Immigrants
Learn the Know Your Rights training by heart
Listen to the sworn testimonies of children held in detention facilities.
Consider taking an an immersion trip with Border Perspective.
Learn about immigration, call politicians, organize public protest.
Join latino centers across the country on their efforts.
It is our responsibility to mobilize on behalf of those who can’t: Undocumented, Separated, Detained, Deported.
If you want to advocate, here are a few facebook groups and pages that might help you get started:
For Christian women: Welcome
For Pittsburgh people: PGH 4 Immigrant Children
For Reunification: East Coast Immigrant Families Together
For Information: Let’s come together and share ideas to aid Migrants & Asylum Seekers
For PA people: Shut Down Berks Coalition
It’s been hard to get here, but once they have been accepted into the country, they are on their own.
This is a crucial step for all migrants and asylum seekers, so consider helping them adjust to their new life.
Look for US Refugee Agencies (local to you), and Resettlement Partners to support.
In Pittsburgh, support the work of JFCS
Keep your eyes open to asylum seekers when you travel. They can be recognized by their large yellow envelope, and are being mobilized all through the United states and Canada, and need help navigating airports, trains, and bus systems.
Buy them food, or a drink. Offer them your cell phone. They are often traveling without any of these things.
Send an encouraging card to an immigrant in detention.
Join a chapter of Grannies Respond to help traveling migrants navigate the different transportation systems.
Volunteer to programs that teach english as a second language.
Try to learn basic spanish so you can help them.
Learn the Know Your Rights training.
There is a sad statistic that says 85% to immigrants in the United States have never been to an American house.
Invite asylum seekers to have coffee, or dinner with you. Open your house to them, embrace friendship with them!