Immigration justice is one of the core justice ministries of the Wisconsin Conference. Congregations and individuals throughout the state are working to put our faith value of loving our immigrant neighbors as ourselves into practice by educating ourselves about immigration justice issues, advocating for immigrants and just immigration policies, and acting to support our immigrant neighbors with our time, our talent, and our donations.
Immigrant Welcoming Conference / Immigration Working Group
The Wisconsin Conference is an Immigrant Welcoming Conference. To learn more about what this means and how your congregation and you can get involved in immigration justice work: Immigrant Welcoming Conference page.
Immigration justice news and actions
- What does President Biden’s ambitious and progressive immigration policy agenda mean for immigrants and their allies? How can you and your congregation get involved? To learn more, join the Immigration Working Group for “Immigration Justice Reset”, a Zoom workshop series that will explore what immigration policy (and reality) may look like in 2021 nationally, on the border, and in Wisconsin. Workshops will be held on February 16, March 16, and April 20 (all Tuesdays) from 6:30-8pm. Click here to register for one or more of the Immigration Reset workshops. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
- April 20: A collaboration with the Creation Care Team about advocacy from a faith perspective, featuring Katie Adams, Policy Advocate for Domestic Issues in the UCC’s Washington, D.C. office. More details available soon.
- March 16: A conversation with Carole Anne Donohoe and Katia Cardoza of Al Otro Lado‘s Family Reunification Project about their work.
- Access the video recording of the March 16 workshop here.
- February 16: A conversation featuring Noel Andersen, the UCC & CWS Grassroots Coordinator for Immigrants’ Rights, the Rev. Randy Mayer of Good Shepherd UCC in Sahuarita, Arizona, Katie Adams, Policy Advocate for Domestic Issues in the UCC’s Washington, D.C. office, attorney Linda Zuba, and representatives from Al Otro Lado.
- Access the video recording of the February 16 workshop here.
- An urgent appeal from Noel Andersen and Church World Service to advocate for asylum seekers, especially unaccompanied children, at the border:
- Visit the CWS take action page to contact your representatives via email and get ideas on how to amplify the message on social media.
- Download the CWS fact sheet on welcoming unaccompanied children here
- CWS has also created a talking points document with messaging about FEMA at the border; download document here.
- The Interfaith Immigration Coalition newsletter contains a wealth of relevant advocacy information. A few highlights from March, 2021:
- The deadline to sign on to these letters shared by Noel Andersen has passed, but the content is still relevant, and could be adapted for use in other advocacy letters.
- A letter from faith leaders urging the Biden Administration to protect refugees. (March, 2021)
- A letter to US Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Alexander Mayorkas urging an end to the deportation of Haitians. (February, 2021) (letter)
- A letter to then President-elect Biden about Sanctuary and deportations. (January, 2021) (letter)
- Advocate to keep driver’s licenses for undocumented Wisconsinites in the state 2021-2023 biennial budget
- For more information, including a sample letter, downloadable postcards, a call to action document, and talking points, see WISDOM’s Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Wisconsinites page (WISDOM is a statewide, grassroots, interfaith organization)
- To send an email about this issue (or any Wisconsin budget item) to the members of the Joint Committee on Finance, visit the JFC’s budget comments page
- The National Conference of State Legislatures has compiled a list of the states that currently allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses or cards.
- Although Voces de la Frontera has not yet updated the materials on its Driver Licenses for All page for the current budget cycle, the information is still useful.
Links to organizations involved with immigration and immigration justice
For links to numerous state, national, and international organizations involved with immigration and immigration justice: Immigration links page
Immigration justice resources
For resources to learn more about immigration justice: Immigration justice resources page