Take Action on Jose Juan's Third Month in Sanctuary
Today, Jose Juan, the father of 5 US citizen, completes his third month in Sanctuary at University Church in Chicago, a CRLN member congregation. Although he has called Illinois home for more than 17 years, Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) wants to separate him from his family and community because seven years ago Jose Juan made a mistake and drove after drinking. Although he has paid all his fine and fees and has shown deep remorse, ICE has refuse to exercise discretion to stop his deportation. Today, Jose Juan remains determined to fight to stay with his family. In his third month of Sanctuary, will you please show your support by signing his petition and writing a letter of support?
For a draft template, please see attached letter. Please send letters directly to the CRLN. Contact information is listed at the bottom of this page.
Additionally, if you’re a religious leader from Chicago will you please consider signing on to a faith leader letter to increase protections for Chicago immigrant residents. In 2012 the Mayor and the City Council passed the “Welcoming Cities” Ordinance, providing important protections for immigrants from deportation. However, today many of Chicago’s immigrant residents continue to remain vulnerable to abuse and deportation because of their immigration status. In fact, since Jose Juan's single DUI charge is considered "aggravated" because he didn't have access to a driver's license at the time, even though he has paid for his mistake, if Chicago police were to pull him over for something as simple or routine as a traffic stop he could be transferred into ICE custody and permanently separated from his family and community. Across the city, Chicago immigrants, immigrant rights organizations, legal advocates, and labor groups are proposing changes that to the Welcoming Cities Ordinance that would update archaic language, uphold immigrant's due process rights, gauarantee equal opportunity and second chances for immigrants like Jose Juan, and make Chicago a safer city for immigrant residents.
This sign-on letter is interfaith and open to all religious leaders in Chicago. Please share with religious contacts within your network. The deadline to sign-on is Monday at 4 PM CT.
Please also join members of the Chicago Immigration Policy Working Group, of which the CRLN is a part of, for a city-wide community forum on Monday, July 18 at 6 PM at Grace Place (637 S. Dearborn St.) Learn more about the our campaign to amend the Welcoming Cities Ordinance, engage, and help us call on Mayor Rahm Emanuel and members of City Council to stand with immigrant communities in this moment of crisis by supporting amendments to the Welcoming Cities Ordinance NOW! RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.