Detention, Deportation, and Welcoming the Stranger: Immigration in MN Today

I was a stranger and you welcomed me ~ Matthew 25:35

ECLC has long held a strong commitment to all neighbors, including newcomers to the United States. Through our mission partners at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and our sibling congregation, St. Paul’s Lutheran, we’ve stood in solidarity, taken action for advocacy, and prayed for systemic change. Yet, in these days, our broken immigration system seems overwhelming and nearly impossible to understand. Let us help.

On Sundays, November 18 and 25 at 9:45, ECLC’s Immigration Task Force invites you to conversations about immigration without documents in Minnesota today. Did you know that the Whipple Building, 10 miles from ECLC, handles all deportations from a 5 state area? What happens in that courtroom? What rights does an undocumented person have? Where do people in detention stay? And what does our faith, and our own immigration story, have to do with it?

November 18 Immigration Detention in MN: Get the Facts

Hear from Kathryn Sharpe from the Interfaith Coalition on Immigration about what detention and deportation in Minnesota looks like and how people of faith can connect to detainees and their families.

November 25 Immigration Crisis: What Can We Do?

What is the role of people of faith in a broken immigration system? ECLC’s Immigration Task Force will share concrete steps you can act on for local policy change and ask you to imagine your own family’s immigration story.