Members of Marturia Presbyterian Church in Rochester, New Hampshire, need your help!
President Trump’s executive order on interior enforcement, issued on January 27th of this year, placed many in our community at imminent risk of deportation. All 11 million undocumented people in the U.S. were made immigration enforcement priorities by that order. Many others living in the U.S. under forms of prosecutorial discretion were made vulnerable as well. Previous administrations have used prosecutorial discretion to allow people, technically eligible for deportation, to remain in the U.S. lawfully because of their contribution and connections to U.S. communities. Following the January executive order, fewer and fewer ICE offices are offering new or renewing previous grants of prosecutorial discretion.
Such is the case for many members of Marturia Presbyterian Church.
Three are ready to share their story. Please advocate to Immigration and Customs Enforcement on their behalf.
Deetje Patty (A079408203) and Heru Kurniawan (A079679969)
Deetje and Heru are married. They have been in the U.S. for twenty-one years and have been members of Marturia Presbyterian Church for twenty years. Deetje and Heru have two U.S. citizen grandchildren. They applied but were denied asylum. They have been allowed to remain in the U.S. under orders of supervision, a form of prosecutorial discretion, since 2007. For ten years they have been faithfully reporting to the local ICE office every year. This year, when they reported, they were told that their orders of supervision would not be renewed and that they would be deported. ICE expects them to depart the U.S. on September 27th.
When asked what she wanted to tell the denomination, Deetje said, “I need help from the PC(USA). Please help us to stay here.”
Samuel Wondal (A096266592)
Samuel Wondal is a husband and a father. His wife has a pending asylum claim. Together, they have two elementary school aged U.S. citizen children. Samuel has been in the U.S. for sixteen years and has been a member of Marturia Presbyterian Church for sixteen years. During his time as a member of Marturia, he has chaired the Youth Fellowship, chaired the Mission Committee, chaired the Fellowship Committee, been a clerk of session, and been an elder in session. For eleven years, he has been under an order of supervision, a form of prosecutorial discretion. This year, when he reported to ICE, he was told that his order of supervision would not be renewed and that he would be deported. He is expected to report to ICE again on September 11, 2017, to find out his fate.
When asked what he would like to tell the church, Samuel said, “We want everybody to pray for us and give us strength. We also have to act and call the ICE office and our Congress person’s office and the president.”
Call the local ICE office now on behalf of each of these three beloved members of our body of faith. Use their names and A numbers when you call.
ICE Boston Field Office (covers New Hampshire): 781-359-7526
Or submit a written comment: https://www.ice.gov/webform/ero-contact-form#wcm-survey-ta...
My name is _______ from city, state, and faith community. I am calling on behalf of my brother/sister in Christ, name, A number. He/She is a member of my community of faith and a beloved member of his/her local community. It goes against my faith belief and my understanding of my country that we should deport a person who has been in the U.S. for as many years as name has. He/She has committed no crime, is a contributing member of his/her community, and has U.S. citizen family that depends on him/her. Our body of faith and the town in which he/she lives will suffer if he/she is made to leave. Do not deport name and A number.
We have received feedback from callers that they are receiving the following responses from the ICE office:
- The Boston field office is sending folks to the Manchester field office to leave messages.
- Manchester is insisting that they don’t make these decisions and encouraging everyone to call their Members of Congress
Calling your Member of Congress is a good idea, however, not in lieu of calling ICE. ICE is the federal agency of the executive branch of government that is carrying out the president’s executive order. They can say they are not making decisions but everyday are making decisions on deportation. Politely, insist that they take you message as they are the deciding agency.