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Interfaith Week of Action to Stop Family Detention

September 25, 2018

Join the National Call-in Day on Wednesday, September 26th to call on Congress to protect families and stop fueling unjust detention, deportation, and border policies.

While the national crisis of family separation and harmful immigration enforcement persists, Congress has an important role to play. Right now, Congress is debating pouring billions more dollars into immigration detention and enforcement, and considering legislation that could allow for the indefinite detention of children with their parents. People of faith and conscience must make our voices heard that all families deserve to be treated humanely.

Here are the top 4 ways to take action on Wednesday, September 26th:

Contact your Members of Congress

Action Alert Tell Congress: No New Money for Family Detention 

The national crisis of family separation and unchecked immigration enforcement persists. To pave the way for increased family detention, Congress is considering pouring billions more dollars into the budget for immigrant detention.

Share on Social Media

Share the same message with your Senators & Representatives on social media. Click here for sample social media posts and graphics to share.

Write a Letter to the Editor or Opinion Editorial

Call on your Member of Congress by name in your local newspaper to expand oversight. Urge them to direct the administration to utilize community-based alternatives to detention for families, asylum seekers, and immigrants navigating the immigration system.

Action Alert Invest in Alternatives to Detention As a Solution to Family Separation 

Ending family separation does not mean that we must expand family detention.

Join or Organize Local Public Witness and Community Events

Hosting public witness events like interfaith vigils provide the opportunity for faith leaders to express how welcoming immigrants is part of all faith traditions, reflecting on the deep scriptural and spiritual roots of our work to support immigrants. Even small events, multiplied across the country, will send a powerful message to the Trump administration and Congress that upholding family unity and welcoming immigrants is a moral issue that is important to people of faith and conscience. Click here for a toolkit to organize a local event and lift up the power in prayer.