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		                                    Immigrant and Refugee Reform		                                </span>

 

Please note that we are not currently accepting furniture or clothing donations for refugees. We will let you know if we have a need in the future!

Today, we face the enormous challenges posed by our nation’s broken immigration system. Over 11 million undocumented immigrants live in the shadows of our communities across North America. Families face up to decades-long backlogs in acquiring visas, workers are left without protections, children are left behind as parents are deported, and LQBTQ Americans cannot sponsor the visa of a spouse. We can no longer delay reform of our immigration system based on streamlined processing, a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers and TPS holders, upholding the right to seek asylum, family reunification, just and humane border security and an end to immigrant detention.

Campaign Chairs: Janie Fishman, jf9870@gmail.com and Leslie Walden, leslie@thewaldenassociates.com

On his first day in office, President Biden announced a 100 day moratorium on deportations, a sea change from previous policies of the prior administration. During this pause the new administration will meet with impacted communities to determine how best to proceed to revamp the asylum system. There are a whole host of issues: separating parents from their children, not allowing immigrants seeking asylum to enter the United States, handling millions of undocumented immigrants living in fear of deportation in our communities, opening up decades-long backlogs in providing visas, streamlining the pathway to citizenship for DREAMers and TPS holders, upholding the right to seek asylum, unifying families, enacting just and humane border security and ending immigrant detention. 

HOW OUR CAMPAIGN TAKES ACTION

For over two years Temple Sinai's Campaign for Immigrant and Refugee Justice has been involved in a number of programs. 

We continue to work with Ser Familia, a non-profit organization providing food, basic support and mental health assistance to 4,000 Latino families in and around Atlanta. Most of these families are undocumented and do not qualify for food banks. This year we supported two families in crisis. Twenty-seven members of our Campaign provided 88 gifts for these families including basic needs, clothing, gift cards and toys. 

Temple Sinai congregants raised $7,300 this past fall for immigrant families at Windsor Hall Apartments in Buckhead. Collaborating with Temple Emanu-El and the City of Atlanta, we provided food to 37 families for four months. This has been life-saving since most of the families are ineligible for social services. 

We are also proud to announce that Temples Sinai and Emanu-El recently received a $6,000 URJ Kraus Family Immigration Justice grant, allowing us to feed immigrant families through May. 

In the last two+ years we...

  • visited detainees at the Stewart Detention Center and met with El Refugio who assists detainees 
  • traveled to El Paso and Juarez, Mexico, and spoke to leaders about detention conditions
  • met/wrote/called Georgia representatives to discuss immigration/refugee issues
  • hosted speakers from the Religious Action Committee, El Refugio, Ser Familia and the Mayor’s Office on Immigrant Affairs 
  • witnessed detainees’ trials (for a limited time)

Please consider supporting Temple Sinai's Campaign which is on the Donation page (Online Payments - Temple Sinai (templesinaiatlanta.org) Scroll down to Special: Refugee and Immigrant Relief Fund. Other organizations that need assistance are:

1.     AMANI WOMEN’S CENTER – A refugee women’s sewing academy located in Clarkston that is sewing masks from their homes for frontline medical providers.
https://www.amaniwomencenter.org/

2.     NEW AMERICAN PATHWAYS – a non profit resettlement agency that has set up a Client Emergency Fund at http://newamericanpathways.org or if you would like to volunteer to provide remote academic instruction (1st-8th grades), contact Waluda Muhammad at 404-299-6099 x251

3.     CLARKSTON COMMUNITY CENTER FOOD PANTRY – https://clarkstoncommunitycenter.org/   

4.     ATLANTA FOOD BANK – http://acfb.org/covid-19-response

5.     EL REFUGIO – Currently focused on helping those being released from Stewart Detention Center reunite with their families while continuing to support those inside by providing money for phone cards, commissary accounts and sending letters. If you would to to donate or send letters go to http://www.elrefugiostewart.org/volunteer.

6.     SER FAMILIA – A non-profit social service agency that serves the Latino community is currently in need of emergency assistance. To donate go to https://serfamilia.org/donate-now/

Let's call or email our Congress members to support immigrant and refugee issues! 

 

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