Pax Christi Florida signs on to the following:
- Letter urging Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security John F. Kelly and Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Thomas Homan to release Daniel Ramirez Medina, a DACA recipient who was collaterally arrested and detained by ICE on February 10, 2017 during an immigration raid, from detention and to terminate his removal proceedings. This case may set the standard with how the Trump Administration treats DACA recipients and it is essential to have widespread condemnation of ICE’s actions in this case.
Note: This letter was drafted on consultation with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and United We Dream.
2. Letter to Keep ICE’s Visitation/Tour Directive – Over the last few weeks, visitation programs and other groups have been denied the ability to tour detention facilities and interview people in detention through the ICE Stakeholder/Tour Directive. We believe ICE may be preparing itself to eliminate the ICE Visitation/Tour Directive, which allows individuals and organizations to tour detention facilities and speak with people in immigration detention. It is something that new CIVIC program coordinators hav e used for the last few years to start new visitation programs, and it has allowed our network to expand more rapidly than ever before.
Letter Text: https://goo.gl/U51BcP
3) Florida Impact – Safeguard Federal Nutrition Programs
The National Anti-Hunger Organizations (NAHO) came together to issue a statement (pdf) in mid-December restating our commitment to ensuring a strong and effective national nutrition safety net for vulnerable, low-income individuals and families and calling on Congress and the President to safeguard and support these critically-important programs.
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Immigration Tool Kit
Florida Catholic Conference
to Protect Vulnerable Newcomers
BACKGROUND: The Florida House Subcommittee on Children, Families and Seniors will hold a hearing to discuss the future of the state’s Refugee Resettlement Program. Representative David Santiago (R-Deltona) has filed a bill (HB 427) that requires the state to withdraw from the federally-funded refugee program by December 31, 2017. This would require the federal government to transfer program coordination to a private agency or agencies.
Currently, the state of Florida collaborates with state and local government entities and private, community-based nongovernmental organizations to deliver crucial services and support that help refugees, recently-arrived people from Cuba and Haiti, and other vulnerable newcomers to achieve self-sufficiency in a society radically different than their own. Ministries of Florida’s Catholic community eagerly partner with the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) to help refugees and immigrants become contributing members of communities throughout our great state. This partnership fulfills our legacy as citizens and people of faith who welcome our neighbors fleeing persecution and violence. A decision by the state to withdraw from coordination of what is by far the largest resettlement program in the U.S. and transfer it to a private entity or entities would disrupt the delivery of vital services to individuals and families seeking to build new lives in an unfamiliar, yet safe, home.
Recent changes in federal resettlement policies will have a significant impact on the number of participants in Florida’s Refugee Resettlement Program. In correspondence to Governor Rick Scott and Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, FCCB president, stated, “…to add restructuring of the coordination role of this important program at a time of such policy upheaval would be imprudent as well as unnecessary. It could add a layer of complexity that will only exacerbate the strain to providers with a potentially negative impact on refugees, Cubans and other new arrivals, and also on the communities welcoming them.”
Tell Governor Scott and your Florida state representative that you support Florida’s current resettlement program and urge continued coordination of the program by DCF.
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she moves me
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Pax Christi Florida Member, Jim Rucquoi
i want to sit on this rock with you awhile, friend, think out loud a bit. first up, these new readings i’ve bumped into that continue to shake me awake. ever since starting out on my bike three years ago for mother earth, mother’s been whispering in my ear something fierce. after climate ride california last year i can think of little else. scattered news of old that held me in its addictive clutches fails to move me anymore. you move me, mother, front & center at last.
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