Stand up to ICE in C-U - How you can support undocumented residents!
They are coming for our neighbors, for the parents of young U.S. citizens, right here in Champaign County.
"Marcos" is a father of four, a husband, and a hard-working breadwinner for his family. He has been our neighbor for more than a decade, and he is also undocumented. He was walking down Main Street in Urbana with his wife and one-year-old when he was approached by two ICE agents in a van. In front of his wife and child, he was taken away by ICE. His family was instantly in crisis, with no income, no information, and no idea how to get him the legal representation he would need, because to them...he just disappeared.
This story is not isolated. ICE is active right here, taking away productive members of our community, showing up at their workplaces. Families are suddenly torn apart, children are left adrift, and spouses have no one to turn to for legal help.
The Latino Partnership of Champaign County (LPCC) is fighting for these families. When no one else is there for them, when ICE comes knocking and leaves a family in crisis, LPCC is there with emergency funds for rent and food. LPCC is there to coordinate getting the kids to school and to connect their spouses to trusted legal support.
The LPCC originated with and is led by members of the C-U Latino community. They understand the unique needs of these families and can build trust and rapport as no one else can. With few resources, the LPCC was there for these families in Summer 2018 when ICE started “disappearing” our undocumented neighbors. Soon they were deluged by requests for this growing community need that shows no signs of slowing.
We must stand up to ICE on all fronts – the multiple protests in summer 2018 are an example of concrete action. However, we must ensure there are resources available to aid the growing number of families most greatly and cruelly impacted by ICE activities. We must be allies and support the LPCC in their work.
To help support these families, we are raising $10,000 for the LPCC to do two critical things:
1. Build an Emergency Fund for undocumented families
– When ICE strikes, there is no time to lose, families need immediate assistance with rent, food, and legal fees. These funds will kick off the LPCC Emergency Fund so they can help our neighbors with no delay.
2. Build capacity
– The LPCC is run entirely by volunteers. A small portion of monetary donations will go to covering the basic material needs of the organization such as office supplies and website hosting.
We need your help. Marching and rallying are not enough. Every member of this community must commit to making real, meaningful change in the lives of those who live in constant fear, who are hungry or unable to care for their children because of the inhumane behavior of law enforcement here in our county. While we march to make politicians aware of our presence, while we organize to prevent further arrests, we must also support those who are already suffering under this regime. Every dime counts and every dollar will go to those who need it most. Thank you so much for donating, sharing, and talking about this campaign.