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Claremont United Church of Christ Invites other churches to participate in their work with asylum seekers

Since August 2018, Claremont United Church of Christ has been sending teams of people to visit and accompany those seeking asylum who are being detained at the Adelanto Detention Center. After being inspired by the incredible stories of these detainees, the church worked to raise funds to bond out two young men who are currently appealing their deportation orders. Their bonds were set at $10,000 and $30,000 respectively. The church has rallied together to provide them with housing, food, clothing, English lessons, excursions, and love. The entire church has been inspired by this opportunity to put a face to what the news has turned into statistics. Recently, Supervisor Hilda Solis gave commendations to the church’s co-pastors, Rev. Jennifer Strickland and Rev. Jacob Buchholz for their work on immigration issues.

In addition, Claremont United Church of Christ has joined together with people from the Claremont Colleges, Pilgrim Place, and several other local faith communities to form Justice for Immigrants Seeking Asylum (JISA), a fund designed to help pay for legal representation, bonds, and post-release resources for those seeking asylum currently being detained in Adelanto. The fund can be found at: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/jisa/colin-brown.

If other church communities would like to be involved in this work of visiting asylum seekers, please feel free to contact the pastors at Claremont UCC for more information.

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