So many of you have reached out asking how you can help the community of O’Neill following last week’s devastating ICE raids that shattered hard-working families and left many people in dire financial circumstances.
Here are a couple ways you can take action today to make a big difference.
Make a Donation
Local organizations have set up ways to make a financial donation that will help the families in O’Neill meet their basic needs. With many families facing the arrest of a breadwinner, finances are tight and many families are facing bills coming due.
Financial donations can help local advocates be flexible to meet the ever-changing needs of the families in the area. Every small bit helps and is greatly appreciated.
Lutheran Family Services also has a list of physical goods that are needed by O’Neill families with drop-off locations in Lincoln and Omaha.
Items needed include:
- Diapers, especially sizes 4 & 5
- Feminine hygiene products, especially pads
- Infant formula
Spanish-speaking Attorneys and Volunteers are needed
Community members need Spanish-speaking attorneys and volunteers on site at detention centers / jails where detainees are located. ICE has not provided the location of some those who are still detained as a result of the raid.
Attorneys or volunteers who can translate for attorneys are needed to help with intakes and issue spotting for persons detained by ICE and those processed and released with immigration proceedings pending. Assistance with extended representation (applications for forms of immigration relief, removal defense, habeas work, and bond hearings) is also needed.
For more information, contact Mindy Rush Chipman, Senior Managing Attorney for the Immigrant Legal Center (ILC). (402) 898-1349 Office, (402) 890-8287 Cell or email Mindy@immigrantLC.org
Contact our members of Congress
Tell our members of Congress they must lead efforts to update our outdated, antiquated immigration laws that allow families and communities to be devastated like this in the first place.
Sen. Deb Fischer (402) 441-4600 Sen. Ben Sasse (402) 476-1400
Dist. 1 – Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (402) 438-1598 Dist. 2 – Rep. Don Bacon (402) 938-0300
Dist. 3 – Rep. Adrian Smith (308) 384-3900
We’ve seen before in Nebraska how raids like these send damaging ripple effects throughout entire communities. Parents are afraid to to go work or send their children to school. Law enforcement officials lose the trust of local residents, who are now understandably afraid to go to the police with information that could help solve cases.
Tonight, there will be children who will try to go to sleep in a home missing one of their parents. There will be local businesses unsure if they can reopen or provide a safe workplace to their employees. We all now have seen firsthand the destruction these anti-immigrant policies leave on families and communities.
Call our U.S. Senators and your Congressman today. Tell them to fix our antiquated immigration laws to allow hard-working Nebraska families to stay together, live in peace, and keep our communities whole.