We call for the freedom of 121 immigrants and asylum seekers, from 16 different countries, who are being unjustly and inhumanely detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, Oregon.
“Let Our People Go” Call Campaign
On Tuesday, July 31st, clergy leaders and IMIrJ supporters prayed and walked to the ICE office in SW Portland, where we personally delivered a public letter asking for the immediate release of the people detained in Sheridan.
In addition, we are asking faith communities throughout the state to participate in a massive calling campaign to the ICE offices throughout the month of August.
Mobilize your community to phone bank, email, and flood acting regional director of ICE, Elizabeth Godfrey, with stories of those detained at Sheridan and our demand to “Let Our People Go!”
An August of Action: "Let Our People Go"
Tuesday, August 7th
Let Our People Go action at the ICE headquarters in Portland, OR. Three clergy were arrested in an act of civil disobedience, calling on ICE to Let Our People Go!
Thursday, August 9th
A #LetOurPeopleGo caravan with representation from five counties in Oregon attempted to deliver our letter and message to ICE officials stationed at the federal prison in Sheridan, OR: Let Our People Go!
Love Leads Us
When Christian pastors heard that Romans 13, a passage from their holy scriptures was being used by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to justify family separation they knew they needed to speak out and reclaim one of the core truths of Jesus’ teachings-- “only love fulfills the law.” These Christian pastors announced that they were moving their worship services to Sheridan and invited all to join. When the Sikh community heard about this, they responded and came, too, offering prayers, and serving a langar (community lunch) out of the depth of their tradition. A morning offering raised $4,275 for continued organizing alongside partners at Unidos Bridging Community in Yamhill County. People from different faiths, elected state officials, and people of good will were there, too. With only three days notice, almost 700 people came! It was a powerful morning.
Enough is Enough
Clergy Sign-On Letter
Basta Ya! Enough is Enough! Press Conference
Stop Separating Families Vigil
On Monday, June 18th, over 1200 people gathered outside the Sheridan Federal Correctional Institution for a vigil calling for an end to the separation of immigrant families, and justice for the 123 immigrants detained by ICE at the facility in Yamhill County, Oregon.