Concern for undocumented immigrants who may be detained by immigration enforcement officials has prompted Talbot Countians to take action and establish an emergency fund to help immediate family members affected by a loved one being detained.
The funds donated will be able to provide essential resources to a family that desperately needs a legal consultation at $100 to $300, transportation to Snow Hill which can cost $50 to $100, phone cards and money to send to the inmate family member, secure food resources and rent or utility payments and any other issues that arise to assist the family in crisis.
100% of the funds donated to this cause will go directly to help immigrant families in crisis due to loved ones being detained and/or facing deportation. ChesMRC is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, and your contribution is tax deductible. To receive a formal tax receipt, please send us a request with your information of where we can send it to.
Two ad hoc groups, Concerned Citizens of Easton (CCE) and the Bay Hundred Citizens for Social Justice (BHCSJ), met recently with Matthew Peters, director of the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center (CMRC) in Easton, to discuss how they could help. The result of their recent meetings was to initiate a GoFundMe contributions site, administered by CMRC.
Many individual families have already committed up to $500 each to be used in cases of emergency when a family finds that a loved one has unexpectedly been detained by (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). To release the funds, our organization only needs to confirm that the family member is being detained and that the family depends on that detainee to survive. Funds will only be released to direct family members that are affected.
We know firsthand the amount of instability an unexpected detention can create in a family unit economically, emotionally and psychologically. In most cases, those detained are the ones who also provide the income for a family unit, as they are the ones most exposed by traveling to and from work, so the immediate economic impact can be severe in many cases.
While these emergency funds won't resolve all issues, at least we can provide some immediate relief to these families in crisis and keep them safe.