First gathering is Tuesday, May 4th at 7pm on Zoom!
Immigrant Support Coordinator, Elder Anita Chombeng and Elder Debbie Breeding from Immanuel Presbyterian Church, are taking a class at Fuller Seminary entitled “The Church’s Response to the Immigration Crisis” and look forward to sharing their learnings with this study group.
We are a growing network of Presbyterians around Southern California, in ecumenical collaboration with the Matthew 25/ Mateo 25 SoCal Movement, striving to follow Christ's call to welcome the stranger by opening our churches, homes, and hearts to our immigrant and refugee siblings, specifically those seeking asylum.
Our mission is to strengthen and expand a faith-rooted, compassionate response to immigrants and refugees in our communities by equipping, empowering, and supporting congregations and individuals to joyfully and faithfully engage in accompaniment and advocacy.
Refugees and asylees are individuals who are unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin or nationality because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution. Refugees and asylees are eligible for protection in large part based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. The 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act expanded this definition to include persons forced to abort a pregnancy or undergo a forced sterilization, or who have been prosecuted for their resistance to coercive population controls.
Once granted U.S. protection, refugees and asylees are authorized to work and may also qualify for assistance, including cash, medical, housing, educational, and vocational services to facilitate their economic and social integration.
In the United States, the major difference between refugees and asylees is the location of the person at the time of application. Refugees are usually outside of the United States when they are screened for resettlement, whereas asylum seekers submit their applications while they are physically present in the United States or at a U.S. port of entry. Refugees and asylees also differ in admissions process used and agencies responsible for reviewing their application. - Migration Policy Institute
Immigrants seeking asylum, some of whom waited at the border for the last 13 months, are being processed and sent to Riverside County. Parents with their children are being placed in hotels for 12 days while they quarantine. Riverside county’s social services department is coordinating this Rapid Response Network.
They need the help of the larger community in getting them some basic clothing items while they stay in Riverside. Note: this is not the unaccompanied minors that are also being placed in monitored facilities.
Pledge your airline miles or points to help with airfare for asylum-seeking families.
We partner with Miles4Migrants to make it as easy as possible to book flights for migrant families and safely assist them to their new homes and sponsors in the United States.
Learn more about how you and your congregation can get involved with this important work of welcome.
Email us at PresbyWelcome@gmail.com