MEETING MINUTES: Asylum, Refugee, Immigration Task Force

by | Sep 13, 2022 | MEETING MINUTES, MM-Immigration Meeting Minutes

September 13, 2022

PRESENT: Rev. Stephen Govett, Billie Fidlin, David Harriss, Janelle Chiricuzio, Flor is in Mexico at a funeral – we sent our prayers


Welcome – Stephen

Intro of Members – all

Review of Current Asylum Work

David – held a meeting with a prospective legislator, the person did not make it past the primary election. Yuma as elsewhere needs a federal plan for asylum. Yuma had neither proper housing or transportation, to get folks to PHX or Tucson for court dates. Unsure of current status. Of note, border patrol is a big employer in Yuma.

Stephen – Vegas is very different in the sense they do not have drop-off rates such as AZ. The people they get are those who have sponsors here. Stephen has spoken with Timote.

Central is receiving people and donations – busy!!! Vegas is receptive to people coming in. Vegas is the largest employer of refugees. Catholic Charities does a great amount of work in this area.  First Tonga Mesa and Central are both receiving people seeking asylum.

Janelle – congregation’s attitude towards this subject is somewhat unknown, although Mission Committee always has great success when needs are presented. Janelle will contact Timote regarding their needs since he is not on this call today.

Update on The Long Journey Scholarship – We are working with the UM Foundation on the application – should be ready within a few weeks. We will announce when ready to the team, key leaders in the Conference who can also share.

Frequency of meetings – Four times a year or as needed.

Stephen will contact Flor and Timote to see what they need, as well as Ella and Gretchen. David will contact Sandra and Manuel Jimenez to see if they want to attend our next meeting.


NEXT MEETING: October 25  10:00 am via Zoom

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Author: Billie K. Fidlin

Billie K. Fidlin is the Director of Outreach & Justice for the Desert Southwest Conference. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University and attended Claremont School of Theology for religious studies. Ms. Fidlin currently serves as the President of the Arizona Faith Network in her second term. She is President & Founder of Whisper n Thunder Inc., and sits on various boards including the Justa Center. Her awards include the UM Foundation for Evangelism 2004 Distinguished Evangelist; 2016 Church Women United / United Nations Human Rights Award; 2018 Servant Leader Award AZ Faith Network; 2022 Southern Poverty Law Center Certificate of Recognition; and 2022-23 Class of Who's Who in America.

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