Visit ISN’s immigration reform resources page to learn more about the history of the United States’ immigration policy, find statistics, and more.
How IFAM Works
As a nation, we collectively forget that we are bound by a common thread as a country established by immigrants. We often neglect to acknowledge the dignity and contributions of modern-day immigrants in our midst — individuals who share in the centuries-old American immigration story.
Throughout Ignatian Family Advocacy Month in March 2019, we will reflect on our own individual immigration stories, both current and historical, and we will stand together, united as the Ignatian family, for more humane immigration policies.
This year’s event will kick-off with our first-ever virtual Teach-In on migration taking place February 27, 2019. (More details coming December 1.)
Then throughout March, we encourage your communities to engage in a variety of learn-pray-advocate options below. Our priorities include:
- hosting a Calling Congress party to gather your community to call their Congresspersons to support more humane migration policies
- praying for migrants
- educating your community on immigration policy through in-person events and online sharing of IFAM memes (see right sidebar)
- scheduling in-district meetings with your Congresspersons’ staff to advocate for reform
1. Host a Calling Congress Party
Gather your community and your cell phones. We’ll provide the scripts. Calling Congress parties offer a quick, easy way to take action (calling only take 5-10 minutes), and serves as a great add-on to an education/prayer event, or a good opportunity to spend time with your community.
Step 1: Pick a time, date, and location. If possible, schedule the party during M-F, 9a.m-5p.m.; otherwise, your attendees will be leaving answering machine messages. The party location should be quiet enough to allow folks to make their calls. Bonus: provide snacks!
Step 2: Print your call-in scripts and help participants find their Congresspersons’ office numbers. We have provided 3 script options below for you to choose from (COMING SOON). Each participant should call both Senators and their Congressperson, and we recommend folks use the U.S. Capitol Switchboard number (202) 224-3121 to be connected to their D.C. offices. Participants will need to know the names of their Congresspersons to use Switchboard. Have volunteers on hand to help participants look up who they are.
Step 3: Call! Call! Call! Remember, each participant should make 3 calls. After your successful event, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how it went!
Scripts will be provided by December 1.
2. Schedule In-District Visits With Your Members of Congress
Establishing and continuing relationships with your Senators and Representatives is crucial to advocating for justice. As both representatives and members of your communities, every Senator and Representative has an office–often multiple offices–in their home states. Visits to these offices are an impactful way to speak, neighbor to neighbor, with representatives and let them know why and how migration policy impacts your community.
Talking points and meeting planning resources will be provided by December 1.
Elevate the conversation and help others learn about the issue by hosting educational events in your campus, parish, or community.
Join the Ignatian family in praying for families threatened by deportation and for wisdom for leaders in Congress, and invite your family and community to join you!