Donations through the link below will go directly to the Immigration Fund at the Reformed Church of Highland Park. Thank you for your support.

In the News, July 5, 2017: Thanks to Trump, a Father’s Day Without a Father

America’s Voice, May 10, 2017: No More Discretion? Trump Administration Deporting Low Priority Immigrants Across America

Pix 11, May 9, 2017: NJ Community outraged after 4 Indonesian refugees detained during immigration check

North, May 9, 2017: Video: Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale on Indonesian men detained, May 9, 2017: Community supporting Highland Park Indonesians detained by ICE

NJ 101.5, May 9, 2017: Christians fleeing persecution arrested by immigration officers in NJ

US News & World Report, May 9, 2017: 4 Indonesians Seeking Asylum in New Jersey Face Deportation

Asbury Park Press, May 9, 2017: Indonesian Christians once allowed to stay detained by ICE

NJTV News, May 9, 2017: Rutgers DREAMer Meets with ICE as Supporters Rally Outside

WNYC, May 8, 2017: Immigration Authorities Detain 4 Indonesians Who Had Been Protected Under Obama

NJ News 12, May 8, 2017: Indonesian Immigrants seeking asylum in New Jersey Facing Deportation


Zocalo, January 30, 2017: Keeping Refugees Safe, Without Imprisoning Their Souls

World Magazine, August 11, 2014 Do So Many Immigrants Need to be Detained?

seth fasting tentsenators and seth CBS New York, 12/11/2013 N.J. Senators To Fast In Support Of Immigration Reform
Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker are planning to take part in a 24-hour fast in an effort to get the House of Representatives to consider immigration reform legislation.

The Star Ledger, 02/26/13 Indonesian immigrants in Highland Park freed from church sanctuary
Valentine’s Day this year is one eight Indonesian Christians, some of whom have spent the past several years at a Highland Park church to avoid deportation, will not forget.

CBS New York, 02/25/2013 Temporary Reprieve For Indonesian Christians Facing Deportation
A group of Indonesian Christians facing deportation has been granted a temporary reprieve, according to the leader of a New Jersey church that granted them sanctuary.

ABC News, 02/18/13 Christian Indonesians in New Jersey Leave Church’s Sanctuary

New York Daily News, 10/15/12
Feds decide not to deport Indonesian Christian who hid in New Jersey church for 8 months
Saul Timisela slipped out of the Reformed Church of Highland Park — a sanctuary — to drive his wife to work and was detained for more than 12 hours. ICE spokesman said the agency ultimately decided to release Timisela and defer his deportation ‘to preserve family unity.’

New York Daily News, 07/11/12
New Jersey pastor Seth-Kaper Dale opens his church to immigrants seeking asylum – now he has nine staying there
Indonesian Christians say they’d rather camp out at Reformed Church of Highland Park than face persecution in homeland. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has no plans to raid the church.

The New York Times, 05/16/12 A Sanctuary Amid Fears of Persecution at Home
A group of Indonesian Christians, who fear returning to their homeland because of religious persecution, are living at the Reformed Church of Highland Park, N.J. Dr. Joseph T. Cohn visited Silfia Jemmy, left, and her husband, Arthur, this month.

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Fasting for Immigration Reform

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While comprehensive immigration reform seemed possible at the end of 2013, Republican leaders in the U.S. House have announced that they will not pursue this issue this year. While this turn of events is very disappointing, we are committed to doubling our efforts and prayers for meaningful reform. We are continuing our church-wide fast and join a nation-wide movement in support of our immigrant brothers and sisters and their families EVERY WEDNESDAY during Lent. Can you join us and commit to fast, to reflect and to pray each Wednesday until immigration reform becomes a reality? To pledge, please visit


24 Hour Fast and Vigil, December 5, 2011