State Senator Mike Bennet filed an immigration bill recently that seeks to transform Florida’s immigration enforcement guidelines so that local police can inquire into the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being an undocumented alien. Bishop Benoway believes, “we are called to reach out and welcome the stranger and immigrant among us. We do not want to push them further away or isolate them from participation in our communities and life together.”
The U.S. refugee family reunification program was suspended in 2008 because of various cases of alledged fraud in submitting affidavits of relationship (AORs). It is scheduled to restart in 2011 with new guidelines that might reduce fraud, but at the cost of creating high walls between refugees and the loved ones they left behind.
On a sunny day near Dallas TX, about 60 people gathered in a church hall to talk about immigration from theological, economic, legal, and personal perspectives as part of a workshop called Who is My Neighbor? LIRS Director for Access to Justice Leslie Vélez, Esq., led the group in a discussion to debunk common myths associated with people in the US without authorization.