Parishioner Beth Krause is on the front line of the tumultuous fight over United States immigration policy.
Since October 2016 Beth has served as the supervising attorney of the Legal Aid Society’s Immigrant Youth Project, which represents children and young people in Family Court, Immigration Court and before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency.
President Trump has signed four executive orders about immigration, including the newly revised “Muslim travel ban.”
“People are scared to go to work and bring their kids to school — things that the rest of us take for granted,” Beth says. “Parents are seeking advanced planning directives in case they are detained by ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] and separated from their citizen children. People really need to be prepared for the worst case scenario.”
On Jan. 29, after the 10 a.m. service, Beth facilitated a conversation in the Chapel among fellow parishioners.
“Anyone who is concerned about the current anti-immigrant environment can make it known that you support your neighbors, regardless of their immigration status,” Beth says.
Beth, a native of Lamont, Mich., graduated from Notre Dame and earned her law degree at the University of Maryland. In college, Beth interned at a refugee resettlement agency in South Bend, Ind., and was later an Americorps volunteer there.
“I was inspired by the attorney who led the organization and I decided to pursue law as a career,” Beth says.
Beth and her husband, Serhat Krause, from Istanbul, became St. Michael’s parishioners shortly before the birth of their 2-year-old daughter (who is due to have a sibling in April).
“We were looking for a church home that combined a great community with a social justice outlook,” Beth says. “We found it at St. Michael’s.”
For a summary of the orders in effect, visit www.legal-aid.org, and in the left-hand navigation bar, click on “Executive Action on Immigration.” This article was updated March 9, 2017.
Image: With liberty and justice for all – the three Krauses.