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Introduction to the Immigration page
For the Christian, an understanding of immigration begins with Jesus. The Holy Family fled the country they called home, fleeing a massacre, fearing the violence and threats against their young son. What would our faith story be if Egypt had refused the Messiah at their border? Grounding ourselves in this understanding, it is imperative that Christians listen to the stories of the immigrant, care for those who are seeking a home, tend to the wounds they bear inside and out, and be the loving neighbor Jesus has charged us to be. Each immigrant who stands at our borders brings tremendous gifts and skills to make our country a better place and teaches us the richness of our diversity. Through the Latinx program for seminarians, these resources help open our minds and hearts to understanding the complexities and beauty in the lives of people who have migrated in and out of these lands for millennia. May they help us learn better ways to greet our new neighbors as we would greet Jesus and his family at our borders.
- Alyssa Stebbing, Diocese of Texas, MDiv class of 2022, Latinx Ministry Concentration
The Episcopal Church and Immigration
Immigration help resources
"American Gateways has served the Central Texas immigrant community since 1987. Founded as the Political Asylum Project of Austin (PAPA), we began as a dedicated group of volunteers working to serve increasing number of refugees fleeing war in Central America. Since then we have grown to provide a broad range of immigration legal services to low-income individuals and families throughout the region. Our new name reflects our expanded services and our objective of promoting the rights of our clients through every portal of immigration relief."
"Sanctuary is a place where love and protection are living realities. Based on this, the Austin Sanctuary Network (ASN) is a coalition of faith communities, immigrants and other community members of civil society and organizations in and around Austin, Texas, that support immigrants fleeing violence or in danger of deportation.
Our values include honor and respect for every individual and an inclusive community composed of equals with a foundation of non-violence. We confront violent structures and actions with bold compassion and courageous love, standing up for people’s rights, regardless of status."
"Austin Region Justice for Our Neighbors (ARJFON), a non-profit law office, welcomes refugees and immigrants into our communities by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services, education, and advocacy.
As a part of this nationwide effort, the Austin Region Justice for our Neighbors (ARJFON) offers affordable immigration legal services to those with limited income. ARJFON’s services are focused on specifically removal defense in family-based and humanitarian immigration law."
"Today, Grassroots Leadership is a nationally recognized civil and human rights organization based in Austin, Texas fighting to end prison profiteering and reduce reliance on criminalization and detention through direct action, organizing, research, and public education." This link will connect you to the immigration page at their website.
International Organization of Migration
"Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners....
IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people."
Tooby's guide to criminal immigration law
"TOOBY'S GUIDE is primarily designed to help criminal defense counsel. While it focuses on preserving clients' immigration
status, counsel can also use the techniques described here to defend against the
purely criminal consequences of a criminal case."
Immigration research & government resources
Latin American Migration Project
"The Latin American Migration Project (LAMP) is a multidisciplinary research effort between investigators in various countries of Latin America and the United States. LAMP is currently based at Princeton University and the University of Guadalajara."
Mexican Migration Project
"The Mexican Migration Project (MMP) was created in 1982 by an interdisciplinary team of researchers to further our understanding of the complex process of Mexican migration to the United States. The project is a binational research effort co-directed by Jorge Durand, professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Guadalajara (Mexico), and Douglas S. Massey, professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, with a joint appointment in the Woodrow Wilson School, at Princeton University (US)."
"The Portal aims to serve as a unique access point to timely, comprehensive migration statistics and reliable information about migration data globally. The site is designed to help policy makers, national statistics officers, journalists and the general public interested in the field of migration to navigate the increasingly complex landscape of international migration data, currently scattered across different organisations and agencies."
Find out more about immigration at the Pew Research Center, which is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. Pew Research Center does not take policy positions. It is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts.
"Welcome to the UNHCR Population Statistics Database
The database currently contains data about UNHCR's populations of concern from the year 1951 up to 2017 and you can use it to investigate different aspects of these populations: their general composition by location of residence or origin, their status (refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons, etc.), their evolution over time, and so on.."
"As the United States’ first unified border entity, CBP takes a comprehensive approach to border management and control, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection into one coordinated and supportive activity."
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