Target: Southside Presbyterian Church Rev. Alison Harrington
Goal: Thank church for its continued support of undocumented immigrants by housing them and protecting them against unfair deportation
Immigration is becoming an increasingly difficult issue for federal officials, but remains the most arduous and heartbreaking for the immigrants themselves. More people are being unwillingly repatriated to their home countries while countless children are being held in insufficiently staffed and stocked immigration centers along the border. Despite this, a few organizations are standing up for these individuals and protecting the victims when they need it most. One Presbyterian Church has housed a couple people during recent months, saving them from being taken by immigration officials and deported back to their home countries.
The Southside Presbyterian Church of Tucson, Arizona has made headlines for offering sanctuary to Daniel Neyoy Ruiz and Rosa Imelda Robles Loreto at various times in the past few months. The church has defied federal law by protecting these individuals against federal officials. Not only did the church house Ruiz and Loreto, but it also found legal services, initiated outreach to local media, and gave physical protection to them in public.
The Tuscon-based church did what it thought was right, and protected neighbors, families, and others in need. Both Loreto and Ruiz had families and no criminal record that warranted their attempted deportations. The sanctuary provided by the church is groundbreaking in its defiance of federal law and shows a staunch support of human rights. Ruiz and Loreto rely heavily on their church’s support, without which they could be violently taken by federal immigration officials and shipped back to their home countries despite their protestations.
Thank the Southside Presbyterian Church for its protection of Daniel Ruiz and Rosa Loreto against horrific conditions imposed by immigration laws and officials.
Dear Rev. Alison Harrington,
I recently heard of Southside Presbyterian Church’s endeavor to save undocumented immigrants from being forced back to their home countries. By standing up for human rights, you show your true devotion to following scripture. When the rest of the country has turned its back on immigrant children and deported adults, you are standing up for them in their times of need against cruel anti-immigrant laws.
Your support of Daniel Ruiz and Rosa Loreto is truly monumental and I commend you and your congregation for your willingness to offer sanctuary, locate legal services, and initiate outreach to local media to help Ruiz and Loreto remain in the United States. Thank you for your continued support of undocumented immigrants and their families.
[Your Name Here]
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