May 2019 Update on Immigrants

Dear Community Members,

While things are slower in the summer here in Bloomington, we’d like to take this time to update you a bit on information about our area’s immigrants. The number has nearly doubled since last year, and we are all working hard to in bring our clients to attorneys, to hearings, and to the various resources around town, and helping them with utilities, finding jobs and housing and, in general, in being there as a friend. They often have to wait over 6 months to get their work permit, so in the meantime they are in great need of funds, a place to stay, and many resources.

INFORMATION LINKS (from Sarah Phillips, Professor of Anthropology, IU): Links to resources from EMC (Ecologies of Migrant Care):   a wonderful resource on migrants   interview material with Solalinde and others  links to materials on a range of issues  link to resources

ADVOCACY: Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019 (S178). Please thank for their affirmative votes Sen. Todd Young (202-224-5623) and Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (202-2245-5315), and also Rep. Mike Braun (202-224-4814), who cosponsored the bill. Purpose of bill: to direct U.S. resources to address gross violations of universally recognized human rights, including mass internment of over 1,000,000 Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities in China and the intimidation and threats faced by U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.

Also, please contact your elected officials to end the DOJ’s criminalization of those giving humanitarian aid to immigrants on their dangerous and life-threatening trek to reach the U.S. The “No More Deaths, No Mas Muertes” website (not secure) will give you more detailed information.

EVENTS OF INTEREST: We do not have a good number of programs to list. However, we have attached a few important ones, and remind you to SAVE THE DATE of JUNE 20 – World Refugee Day for a BRSN celebration. Also, note an important healthcare event on May 29!

 BABY SHOWER: Our thanks to all of you who brought gifts or attended our baby shower for a couple here from Cuba – baby showers were a cultural surprise for them, and they were overwhelmed by your generosity. NOTE: See attachment of Aris’ thank you note/photograph!

ONE MORE REQUEST:  You have been so very generous with your time, your skills, and your donations. We always hate asking for more, but if you are able to drive an asylum seeker or citizenship seeker to Chicago or Indianapolis (and/or if you would be able to go along as an interpreter), it would be immensely appreciated. The other note regards donations. If you wish to make a donation, we are 501c3, so donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. But as mentioned, thank you so much for all that you already have contributed!

ATTACHMENTS: Events and Opportunities of InterestBaby Shower

Sending gratitude and wishing you a wonderful summer,
Diane Legomsky