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Interfaith Movement for 
Immigrant Justice

Movimento Interfe para la Justicia del Inmigrante

Dear IMIrJ Washington County,

Last week, voters in Washington County voted overwhelmingly to uphold Oregon's 31-year-old sanctuary law. 

The week before that, plainclothes ICE agents were at the Washington County courthouse again, where they arrested an immigrant community member inside the courthouse, without a warrant.

Next week, people of faith and goodwill throughout our county will be back at the courthouse to celebrate the defeat of Measure 105, amplify our demand that ICE stay out of our courthouses and out of our communities, hear the testimony of impacted community members, and present local officials with a statement regarding recent arrests. Join us:

Sanctuary Everywhere Vigil
Monday, November 19th
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Washington County Courthouse
123 E Main St, Hillsboro, OR 97123
Organized by Hillsboro United Methodist Church and Las Naciones.

Please help spread the word in your communities this weekend. A strong showing will:
  • demonstrate to ICE that we will not stand silently by as they violate our communities' commitment to Sanctuary Everywhere,
  • show local officials that they have community support to make our courthouse a safe space for immigrants, and
  • let our immigrant kin know that Washington County faith communities have their backs.
In solidarity, 
Your IMIrJ Washington County Leadership Team
Rev. Jorge Rodriguez, Cristina Delgado, Rev. Adam Hange, Marilyn Grendele, Sarah Loose, Rev. Ron Werner

Needed: Bilingual Accompaniment Volunteers
With increased ICE presence at the courthouse and beyond, and ongoing attacks and anti-immigrant rhetoric more generally, IMIrJ is seeing a sharp uptick in the number of requests we are receiving from immigrant community members for accompaniment to ICE check-ins, to immigration hearings, and to the courthouse. Our accompaniment team will offer a full accompaniment training in Washington County early next year. In the meantime, we are in need of documented, bilingual Spanish-English community members with daytime flexibility who can be fast-track trained as accompaniers. 

Can you help? Please e-mail with your name, phone number and faith community (if applicable) and we'll be in touch! 
“Public charge” is a term used in immigration law to refer to a person who is likely to become primarily dependent on the government to meet their basic needs. If someone is found to be a public charge, the government can deny admission to the U.S. or refuse an application for lawful permanent residency. Under the new proposed rule, the government now wants to redefine “public charge” more expansively, as an immigrant who receives one or more listed public benefits. Learn more and comment. Comments due December 10th!
SAVE the DATE! December 4th
Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice
503.550.3510 |


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