Three Ways We Can ACTUALLY Support Immigrants Right Now

I am an undocumented immigrant, and every day I listen to people around me feel bad about what is happening in terms of immigration and refugee policies under this administration. While I appreciate their empathy and their attempts to understand, there is only so much this helps.

There are so many news stories, most add to the xenophobia and fear that is rampant right now. A lot of people feel helpless and feel like there is nothing we can do, but there is. There is a lot of news to keep up with, but here are three simple ways you can help protect immigrant families.

1. Submit a comment to oppose the changes to Public Charge and The Flores Settlement in the Federal Register.

The cruel change in Public Charge would make it more difficult for families to seek services they need for health, nutrition, and housing. The change in the Flores Settlement makes it easier for immigrant families to be detained indefinitely. Both hurt our immigrant communities by adding to the fear that is prevalent but, we can make sure our voices are heard.

2. Help DACA recipients renew their applications through this GoFundMe Page

This past year the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that has allowed thousands of immigrants like myself obtain jobs and stability. The program continues to be under threat and its being encouraged to reapply as soon as possible. Since not everyone can obtain $500 for their renewals, you can help by donating! $5, $10, $25, anything helps.

3. VOTE for candidates that support humane and comprehensive permanent solutions for immigrants.

As you are casting your vote, take into account how the person you are hoping to elect stands on immigration. Make sure you cast your vote to support community members who can’t do the same. If you aren’t eligible to vote (like myself) help someone get out the vote by helping them drive to the polls or have a plan to do it!

This isn’t everything and there are more ways to support immigrants but these three things are simple things you can do. We must all combat the climate of fear that this administration has increased. Lastly, make sure you mobilize and support immigrant groups locally and nationally! This fight is far from over but we can all do some part by staying informed and working in our communities to make sure all of us feel safe in the place we call home.

-Ciriac Isbeth.