Newberry UU Announces Sanctuary Status
Clayton Memorial UU Church has announced their status as a sanctuary church. The address is 334 Clayton Memorial Church Rd, Newberry, SC 29108. There is a reception room with a shower, a bathroom, and a bed, along with shades, etc. around the windows for privacy. We plan to support them when they lets us know what their needs are. In the meantime, please post supportive messages to their website and facebook pages to offset the negative messages they are receiving. Also, be sure to show your support by signing here: http://bit.ly/support-CMUU. The form indicates an organization, but specifically states that signing shows YOUR support, not that of the organization.
ICE is mobilizing to deploy mass deportation raids.
While they are focusing on several major cities, they have been known to stop buses for random ID checks in even remote locations. Here's what you can do to help stop this:
- ICE Checkpoints: If you see ICE checkpoints, you could ask why are they stopping, searching vehicles and where are they taking individuals who are being detained?
- ID Checks: If ICE is asking for ID on a train, bus, or other spaces, refuse to show your ID – ask questions about why they are there in the first place and put yourself between ICE agents and undocumented individuals.
- At Homes: If ICE agents are seen posted outside of homes inquire who they are searching for and why?
- Ask for a warrant: Ask for a Judicial Warrant - ‹signed by a judge- authorizing a formal search of your home. If they hand you a paper, make sure it's an actual judge-authorized warrant and not another piece of documentation. You do not have to let them enter without one. If they have a warrant, you must let them enter.
- Record Video: The Supreme Court has ruled that individuals have the right to record law enforcement. If you see an immigration raid, please record or livestream the incident.
- Name + Badge Info: Record badge numbers, license plates, and everything that happened in the incident by writing it down and video taping. As much as possible, try to learn and document what role ICE officers and local law enforcement played during the activity.
Families of detainees need our support
The waiting room at Stewart Detention Center is filled with families who have traveled long distances to visit someone they love. The process is slow. The guard informs a woman she cannot visit her husband.
Why? Because of the holes in her jeans.
An El Refugio volunteer is in the waiting room, and she keeps extra clothing in her car. She gives the woman a pair of pants. The woman is granted a visit with her husband.
Visiting a loved one at Stewart Detention Center is stressful and confusing. For those detained at Stewart, life is harrowing. As many as 1,800 immigrants are detained at any given time. Some are sick and deprived of medical care. Others have been further isolated as punishment, even while trying to follow Stewart’s arbitrary rules. Three people have died since February of 2017.
Your gift to El Refugio eases the plight of families who have been separated by cruel immigration policies.
SC United with Immigrants - SC United with Immigrants is a coalition of organizations and community leaders who are committed to serving immigrants and refugees in South Carolina. We came together in December 2016 as a non-partisan group committed to preserving the rights of all who live in our state. We seek to provide individuals, advocates, and organizations with resources, education and other tools to support this goal.
WeAreHereToStay.org - Find out about supporting undocumented immigrants
Read about our recent Community Conversation about the refugee crisis.