SAN DIEGO — The Borderlands Get Free Fund, a fund to help bond out individuals from immigration detention, is celebrating its one year anniversary with a fundraiser tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sherman Heights Community Center.
The Borderlands Get Free Fund helps reunite families in our region who have been separated when their loved ones are detained by Border Patrol or Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). In its first year, the bond fund was able to free 33 people from immigration detention, including asylum seekers from Central America, trans and other LGBT immigrants fleeing persecution, as well as mothers and fathers taken from their children. The immigration bonds ranged from $1,500 to $5,000 and went to families who otherwise would not be able to pay them.
The Borderlands Get Free Fund was launched in the fall of 2018 by the San Diego immigrant Rights Consortium, a project of Alliance San Diego. The bond helps individuals detained in San Diego or Imperial Counties, or if they are long-standing residents of Imperial County or San Diego County.
Lili Serrano, Chair of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, issued the following statement:
“We are very proud of the work that we have done in this first year to reunite folks with their loved ones, but there is so much more to be done. Our ability to continue the work of reuniting families in the face of Trump’s harsh deportation force depends on the help we receive from the community. We invite everyone to help us pay it forward by making a donation and upholding our values of compassion and solidarity, especially in these times.”
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Borderlands Get Free Fund Annual Fundraiser
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Sherman Heights Community Center
About San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium
The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium is a project of Alliance San Diego. Since 2007, community, faith, labor, and legal organizations have come together as the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC). Through SDIRC, these organizations are pursuing four common goals: support comprehensive immigration reform; stop the spread of local policies and practices that target and violate the civil and human rights of immigrants; educate immigrants, and educate the public about the important contributions of immigrants. More at www.immigrantsandiego.org.