The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in the United States is dedicated to serving local communities and helping them with issues that are causing emotional stress. Headquartered in Brazil, The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God has grown significantly over the past 25 years, and there are churches all over the United States. One of the cities the Universal Church, also known as Pare de Sufrir, has a strong presence in is Miami, where the need has never been greater.
South Florida is ranked fifth among metro areas in the United States for the number of immigrants without documents. According to a recent study by Pew Research Center, there are as many as half a million residents living in South Florida without any documents. As ICE has cracked down on illegal immigration, these immigrants live in fear every day. The deportation rate in the area has increased by 20% over the past office. According to the Miami office, 7,100 occurred this year in comparison to 5,600 from the year before.
This issue continues to make headlines and is hotly debated in the media. According to previous reports by CBS News, ICE was readying plans as of July 2019 to “deport 1 million undocumented immigrants.” Under the current administration, the plan was in retaliation for stalled efforts to update asylum laws. Caught in the middle are millions of people who need Pare de Sufrir/Universal Church now more than ever. Pare de Sufrir as a Universal Church can offer these people a sense of comfort in a very stressful time.
Throughout 2018, The Universal Church / Pare de Sufrir organized a series of events called “Know Your Rights,” which aim to help the Hispanic community learn about their rights and understand what they and their family can do to prevent deportation. The most recent event was held in Miami on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 in a cathedral, and it was led by Pastor David Micena. The event started with the National Anthem, which was then followed by an introduction of the panelists: Megan Humphreys, Patricia Wall, and a representative of the congresswoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The panel was moderated by the Director of Services of the Florida Immigrant Coalition, Ivan Parra.
The panelists answered a number of questions about how community members should proceed if they face issues regarding immigration status. They advised everyone to be attentive to their immigration status and to remain calm if they were stopped and questioned by a police officer. They also answered questions submitted by attendees of the event. Pare de Sufrir / Universal Church of the Kingdom of God also held a follow-up Know Your Rights event in Boston on Tuesday, October 23, 2018.
Now more than ever, people in the United States who are looking to better than lives need to know how to respond when their life, liberty and safe are called to question. Readers who have learned about detention centers along the southern border that the U.S. shares with Mexico know that conditions there are dangerous. To avoid situations that could cause families to be separated and would be a general threat to health and well-being, Universal Church / Pare de Sufrir thus wants even attendees and the migrant community at-large to know what’s best for them.