“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”Lila Watson
The Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice's Immigrant Justice Team is committed to working at the local, state, and national levels to create meaningful change in order to "welcome the stranger" as directed in all faith traditions.
The Problem: With the ongoing threats to immigrants in our country, the Greenspon Center Immigrant Justice Team is dedicated to educating ourselves and advocating for the immigrant population in our community.
- With the high concentration of DACA recipients in North Carolina (including students at Queens University), the Greenspon Center Immigrant Justice team continues to advocate for the protection of these recipients. North Carolina ranks 7th in the nation for DACA recipients. NC DACA enrolled: 25,560, others eligible: 37,000, participation rate: 69% (Source: https://www.migrationpolicy.org/programs/data-hub/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca-profiles).
- With Mecklenburg County having one of the worst reputations in the nation for granting asylum, the Greenspon Center continues to advocate for asylum seekers in our community. The Mecklenburg County Immigration Court has a rejection rate between 89%-84%. The national average is 49% (Source: https://trac.syr.edu/phptools/immigration/asylum/). To become a court observer contact Donna Tarney, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Each September, the President determines the number of refugees permitted to enter the United States for the coming year. The current administration is considering setting the refugee admissions goal for next year at ZERO. To advocate for the United States to fulfill its global responsibility of resettling refugees, please contact Talli Dippold, Dippoldt@queens, edu.
- The Immigrant Justice Team is engaged with monitoring bills proposed by the NC General Assembly that would be detrimental to our community, proposing an Immigration Position for our elected officials in preparation for 2020, and demanding full data disclosure of the nature of ICE activity that is necessary for proper public oversight of federal activity in our county and state.
- The Greenspon Center Immigrant Justice Team worked diligently to oppose North Carolina House Bill 370. The team drafted a letter which was signed by 138 North Carolina clergy and religious organizations and signed by 40 additional community members and congregants urging Governor Cooper to veto the bill.
Tisha B'av: #Closethecamps Vigil
Sunday, August 11, 2019
at Marshall Park
Join Carolina Jews for Justice, the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice, Temple Beth El and partners for a vigil and rally to #CloseTheCamps at 7 pm EDT on Sunday, August 11. We will gather at Marshall Park to read Lamentations, mourn, and demand an end to the awful conditions confronting immigrants, including children, in detention camps!
Click here to learn more about the vigil.