Migration Action Committee information & updates
-- Migration Action Committee --
Vision Statement of the Migration Action Committee (approved 2018.03.11)
The Migration Action Committee (MAC) of Pima Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, in recognition of our common humanity with people in migration, stands in solidarity to advocate for an end to (those) immigration and border policies that violate human rights and to offer aid to those harmed by current laws.
Pima Monthly Meeting's endeavors in immigrant justice can be traced back to the Sanctuary Movement in the 1980s. The Migration Action Committee has provided financial assistance for food, clothing, shelter, and the promotion of justice for immigrants since 2015. MAC began paying immigration bonds in 2017.
Since 2017, Pima Monthly Meeting has assisted in the liberation of six individuals from immigration detention. Bonds have ranged from $1,500 to $20,000 or more. Detainees released on bond are generally more successful in winning their cases in immigration court and receiving approvals to remain in the United States than immigrants who remain detained for the length of their case.
-- Migration Action updates --
The Migration Action Committee (MAC) has expended $14,500 in funds since the beginning of our fiscal year. $ 1,000 has been donated to the International Rescue Committee, local chapter, to provide aid to refugees. $1,000 has been donated to the McLane/ Tarver-Wahlquist hospitality project to assist in funding the costs of their work. $2,500 has been donated to the Freedom Fund to assist in the immigrant bond for Buezo, a transgender man from Honduras, who was recently liberated from Eloy Detention Center. $10,000 was donated for the entire immigrant bond for Maria De Los Angeles, a mother with four U.S. citizen children, who was recently liberated from Eloy Detention Center.
Since the beginning of our fiscal year, $3,984 has been donated to the Immigrant Bond Fund and $420 has been donated to the Migrant and Border Concerns Fund. Thank you to all our donors.
On the 4th First Day of the First Month, MAC hosted a presentation by Dr. Anna Ochoa O’Leary, professor and department head of Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona. Dr. O’Leary spoke of her studies in immigrant justice and the hostile legal environment for undocumented friends in Arizona and the United States.
MAC will host Diego Lopez from Casa Alitas on the 4th First Day of the Second Month at 1 pm in the Pima Meetinghouse. Diego will speak on the work that Casa Alitas has done in our community and how we can assist in the work.
-- Migration Action Funds --
Pima Monthly Meeting has established two funds to support immigrant friends:
The Migrant and Border Concerns Fund is used for the promotion of justice for immigrants, community education on immigration and border concerns, more general needs of immigrant friends, and financial support of local organizations advocating for immigrant and refugee rights as well as the payment of immigration bonds.
The Bond Fund for Immigrants is used solely to bond people out of immigration detention. Money used to pay immigration bonds in some cases returns to the organization at the conclusion of the person’s court case; when that happens, the funds are recycled to pay bonds for other immigrants in detention.
~~~(100% of the money donated to the Immigrant Bond Fund is used to pay immigration bonds, and 100% of the money donated to the Migrant and Border Concerns Fund is used for immigration and border concerns; no money from either of those two funds is used for administrative or operating expenses.)