As we begin this Season of Giving, we invite you to join us as we reflect on what it means to be children of God, people of the world, and Americans.
Who are we, as a community, as a nation, and as a people?
Who do we want to be? Who do we choose to be?
From New York to Hawaii, from the Pacific Northwest to South Florida and everywhere in between, the people of JFON contributed to make this short video. We hope it will kick off some illuminating conversations in your house this holiday season.
Please click the photo below to watch or clickhere:Our America.
The Four Lives of Butrus Lazarus
A South Sudanese refugee finds a permanent U.S. home with the help of a Diversity Visa and Justice for Our Neighbors Nebraska
His name is Butrus Lazarus.
Lazarus of the Bible endured death for four days before Jesus gave him a new life.
The Lazarus of our story endured four different stages of immigration status before a computer in a U.S. government facility randomly gave him a chance for a new life in America.
Stage 1: Refugee
Butrus fled his home in Southern Sudan in 2003. At that time, the Second Sudanese War had been waging for 20 years—the entirety of his young life.
Approximately 2 million people died during this conflict; another 4 million were displaced. Brutrus, his father in jail, his Christian family a target of persecution, was determined to survive.
Following another biblical example, Butrus fled to Egypt.
Whether you are preparing the feast or partaking of it, we wish you a bountiful Thanksgiving this year, replete with the blessings of family, friends, and love.
We ask also that you remember that the holidays continue to be a perilous time for our maginalized immigrant neighbors. Please help us deliver vital immigration legal services to these neighbors in towns, cities, and communities across the nation.
Your gift enables more families to remain together in the United States, safely, securely, and permanently.
On a beautiful sunny day in late October, an ISIS-inspired lone terrorist drove his rental truck through a crowd of cyclists in lower New York, killing eight people and injuring more than a dozen others.
That the terrorist was also an Uzbek immigrant who had arrived here legally in 2010 through the diversity visa (DV) lottery gave added fuel for the Trump administration’s calls to repeal the program.
Originally conceived, under pressure from the Irish-American community, to bolster Irish immigration, early versions (1980s) of the bill almost exclusively benefitted immigrants from Ireland, Northern Ireland and Poland.
The program allows the State Department to offer up to 50,000 visas annually to immigrants from countries with low immigration rates. This year, over 19 million people applied, each with approximately a 1 in 400 chance of being selected.
Citizens of countries with the most legal immigrant arrivals–over 50,000 in a five-year period—are not eligible to apply. There are 19 ineligible countries, including Mexico, Canada, China and India.
DV Lottery recipients must undergo the same vetting that any other immigrant experiences, including an in-person interview