Immigrant Action Group

Images from Israel Haros Lopez' Borderland Songs

Needs are great and opportunities abound to help make a positive difference in the lives of our immigrant neighbors in Santa Fe and to support those seeking refuge in this country.

Santa Fe has been home to a thriving immigrant community for decades (ok, centuries). Workers, entrepreneurs, blended families, Dreamers, children born here struggle to grow, succeed and contribute to Santa Fe. All live with daily fear of deportation, separation and loss. Now with COVID-19 there is increased fear of sickness, death, hunger and an even greater chance of homelessness.

Since conditions change rapidly a great way to keep informed is to sign up for newsletters or email from your favorite organizations.

Check out the opportunities for action list below of local and national organizations that strongly support immigrants.

Immigrant Action Group Zoom meetings

First Thursday of every month 6 p.m.
Join Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/259174729
Meeting ID: 259 174 729
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Phone: +1 669 900 6833 US (meeting ID: 259 174 729)

Watch the Meeting’s Weekly Digest for news of immediate needs.

Opportunities for action

The discrepancy between those who have enough and those who do not is once again emphasized by COVID-19. Follow your heart as you can.

Make a difference NOW! 💕

Share your stimulus check

  • Organizations are providing an opportunity for those who can afford to share their stimulus checks to do so. See organizations listed below!

  • Share My Check Santa Fe is a campaign to encourage as many people as possible to give all, or part of, their federal stimulus check to a fund set up to redistribute money directly to those who won't be receiving a check. Earth Care/YUCCA/Poder Familiar, Red Nation, DSA-SF, SF Dreamers Project, Communities in Schools, Interfaith Leadership Alliance, Santa Fe Faith Network for Immigrant Justice and Fathers New Mexico are cooperating organizations. This fund, under the umbrella of Santa Fe Mutual Aid, is part of a network of rapid response mutual-aid funds and long-term grassroots movement building organizations.

Go to Share My Check Santa Fe!

There are other possibilities for sharing your stimulus check —be sure they are genuine!

Volunteer, donate, or spread the word! 💕

Local action and support

  • Adelante | or visit on Facebook
    Santa Fe Public Schools’ service to homeless students and their families.

  • ACLU-New Mexico

  • Connect
    CONNECT is a network of navigators at clinics, community organizations, and city and county programs who who link people to services and resources in our community.

  • Encuentro
    Our mission is to transform New Mexico into a thriving community for all of its residents.

  • Gerard’s House
    Nuestra Jornada provides weekly support groups for Latino immigrant students in Santa Fe schools who are grieving the death of—or separation from—a parent or family member.

  • La Familia
    Provides expert medical, dental and behavioral health services to all individuals and families, regardless of income or ability to pay.

  • New Mexico Immigrant Law Center

  • Santa Fe Dreamers Project | or visit on Facebook

  • Santa Fe Faith Network for Immigrant Justice (Facebook)
    A grassroots collaborative of people of many faiths in Santa Fe, NM, amplifying the efforts of local immigration leaders.

  • Santa Fe Mutual Aid
    community support and organization for resource sharing, information dissemination, and resilience-building.

  • Somos Un Pueblo Unido | or visit on Facebook
    Somos works to protect the human rights of everyone irrespective of where they are born or what documents they carry.

Border action and support

  • Annunciation House, 815 Myrtle Ave, El Paso, TX 79901, (915) 545-4509
    Annunciation House is a volunteer organization that has offered hospitality (shelter, clothing, food) to thousands of migrants, immigrants, and refugees in the border region of El Paso, Texas since 1978.

  • Colores United, PO BOX 1499 Deming, New Mexico 88030, (575) 322-2330
    A progressive organization, home grown in Deming, doing what we can for our community and everyone who visits our town too! Proyecto Mariposa in 2019 helped to assist the Asylum Seeker Shelter, when asylum seekers were dropped in Deming; helping border shelters continues. “Either you accept things how they are, or you change them”.

  • Unitarian Universalist Silver City Fellowship, PO Box 4034, Silver City NM 88062
    Focuses on supporting the migrant shelter, Tierra del Oro, in Palomas, Mexico, where ICE and the Border Patrol expel dozens of detainees every day. Shelter guests need food, sleep and first aid as they decide where to go next. The UU role will evolve as border policies evolve, including anticipation of the Deming shelter re-opening for asylum seekers once Title 42 (preventing anyone from entering the US due to COVID 19) eases.

  • Border Partners, P.O. Box 1435 - Deming, NM 88031, (218) 428-5311
    Border Partners is a nonprofit organization uniting people from both sides of the U.S.–Mexico border in their vision that, by sharing resources, ideas, and experience, particularly in the areas of education, health,
    sustainable technologies, economic growth, we can improve life for many people living in poverty along the border. Utilizing our experiences in one community–Puerto Palomas de Villa, Chihuahua, Mexico, we are creating a model to expand opportunities and build hope in other border communities.

National action and information

  • American Immigration Council
    The American Immigration Council works to strengthen America by shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration and by working toward a more fair and just immigration system through litigation, research, legislative and administrative advocacy, and communications.

  • Immigration Justice Campaign
    Attorneys, a broad network of pro bono allies and other volunteers working to end immigrant detention and provide due process.

  • American Friends Service Committee
    Key issues include defending immigrant rights and creating inclusive communities.

  • Friends Committee on National Legislation
    Quaker advocacy for the world we seek.

  • HIAS
    Guided by our Jewish values and history, we bring more than 139 years of expertise to our work with refugees.

Additional information

  • Border Report
    See this authoritative news source for what is happening at the border.

Why we care... how we care

Santa Fe Monthly Meeting Minute

Equality, community and integrity are foundations of Quaker belief. Therefore, as immigrants and refugees in our community encounter trials such as family separation, incarceration, internment and deportation, Santa Fe Monthly Meeting is called to put these beliefs into action. We will support these neighbors in their daily lives, providing aid, companionship, friendship and safety in whatever ways we are able.

We affirm the right of refugees from all types of violence to apply for asylum in this country, including those whose lives are threatened by gang violence, rape, and domestic violence and abuse. We affirm the right of those seeking asylum to be treated with respect, dignity, and due process during the application procedures. We call upon the government of the United States to honor its legal obligations under the Refugee Act of 1980 and the 1967 United Nations Protocol on Refugees to provide protection to those who qualify as refugees.

We recognize that our national immigration system is in dire need of attention, funding and fixing. We advocate for local, state and national policies that live up to our values, calling for meaningful, lasting immigration system reform.

Quaker Minute on Immigration, Approved 11/18/2018