Rony and Derwin, two young Honduran men seeking asylum who were bonded out of detention have been hosted and accompanied for the last six months. They are now receiving English classes and continue to thrive with the support of the congregation and the larger community that has embraced them both.
We helped find a host congregation for a recently reunified 14 year old and his dad. They traveled to the U.S. from Honduras together and sought asylum. Trump’s zero tolerance separated them and dad was placed in a detention center for 10 months while the child was placed in a resettlement foster care program. We are happy to announce they will be making their home in Southern CA and a group of church leaders will be accompanying them to help them adjust as they settle themselves.
The Justice for Immigrants Seeking Asylum and the Fe y Justicia groups continue to visit the men and women in the Adelanto detention center. They have been able to help nine women and two men who, after being detained for months, were granted asylum. When these persons were released they were welcomed by familiar faces that hosted them overnight and helped them with their travel arrangements to their final destination, where they are now living with loved ones.
We are responding to asylum seekers that are being dropped off by ICE. These occurrences have been happening since last November (2018) in San Diego, the city of Mecca and Coachella and now San Bernardino. Several churches have stepped up to the plate to support and welcomed these immigrants. There are shelters that offer them a safe place to rest, shower, clean clothes in a welcoming atmosphere till they are able to travel to their final destination with either friends or loved ones. Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity has been recruiting volunteers for these shelters and asking for much needed donations from various congregations.