Evanston teens to lead immigration community action

More than 11 million undocumented immigrants are living in the United States—families are being torn apart, fear is insurmountable with no accessible pathway to citizenship.

The community is invited to gather in Beth Emet’s parking lot at 1224 Dempster St. at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, for a public rally and prayer vigil to challenge the community to become a safer place for undocumented immigrants and refugees.

Confirmed speakers include Rabbi Andrea London of Beth Emet The Free Synagogue, who will share what it means to be a sanctuary congregation, Antonio Gutierrez of Organized Communities Against Deportation will discuss what we can do to make a difference in the lives of immigrants in our community, and Beth Emet teens will reflect on a year of migration studies that culminated in a trip to the United States-Mexico border.

In March, 15 Beth Emet teens spent six days in El Paso, Texas on as part of the Cristo Rey Lutheran Church’s Border Immersion Experience where they traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border witnessing immigration court hearings, met with U.S. border patrol officers, and heard refugee’s stories of survival. Inspired by their participation, the teens no longer want our community to be by-standers, but acting participants in helping to address this important humanitarian issue. 

Rabbi London reflects that “Through the trip to El Paso, our teens gained not just knowledge, but passion and determination to bring the issues of undocumented immigrants and refugees out of the shadows and into the light. We walked on holy ground in El Paso, and our teens are now asking others to do the same.”

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