The Next 24 Hours Are Crucial
Dan Furmansky is the Standing on the Side of Love Campaign Manager.
The message below went out to Standing on the Side of Love supporters on Monday, April 11, 2011. You can sign-up for these emails here.
Over these past few months, so many of you have opened your hearts to Judy Cardenas, her husband, Raul, and their children. You have taken the time to learn about this family’s plight, and how you could help. You have placed phone calls to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials and urged them to halt Raul’s deportation from the United States. And you have sent faxes and emails to elected officials to urge them to intervene so that this family will not be torn apart. Thank you.
Over the next 24 hours, Raul and his family’s fate truly hangs in the balance. Tomorrow is his hearing in Federal Immigration Court.
Will you take action one more time to make sure that Raul isn’t separated from his wife, his daughter, his stepsons, and from their home and the life they have built together in Denver?
I am so thankful that this family has such a tremendous community to support them. Accompanying Raul and Judy to Federation Immigration Court will be friends and family, fellow congregants at First Universalist of Denver (including members of the congregation’s outstanding Immigration Justice Task Force), and an amazing group of up to 20 clergy led by Rev. Kirk Loadman-Copeland of First Universalist Denver, and Rev. Nancy Bowen, UUA Mountain Desert District Executive. These clergy will be at the hearing Tuesday with the Standing on the Side of Love banner – a banner that connects Judy and Raul and their children to thousands of us across the country that will be with them in spirit.
Our broken immigration system is shattering lives every day – tearing families apart, leading to unchecked vigilantism and Draconian laws, and allowing unspeakable human rights violations to take place. We can’t fix these problems all at once. But we can start with this one family who have asked for our help…who need our help…and who love and depend on each other and simply can’t bear the thought of being separated.
Please take action today for Raul and Judy and their children – it WILL make a difference. Let ICE officials know that the country will be watching Denver tomorrow; that we are standing on the side of love with Raul and Judy and their children; and that we want this family to stay intact.
Standing on the Side of Love