New Sanctuary Movement

I’m touched to hear about this new initiative that is being publicized within the UUA:

The New Sanctuary Movement is a coalition of interfaith religious leaders and
participating congregations, called by our faith to respond actively and
publicly to the suffering of our immigrant brothers and sisters residing in the
United States.

We acknowledge that the large-scale immigration of workers and their families
to the United States is a complex historical, global and economic phenomenon
that has many causes and does not lend itself to simplistic or purely reactive
public policy solutions.

We stand together in our faith that everyone, regardless of national origin,
has basic common rights, including but not limited to: 1) livelihood; 2) family
unity; and 3) physical and emotional safety. We witness the violation of these
rights under current immigration policy, particularly in the separation of
children from their parents due to unjust deportations, and in the exploitation
of immigrant workers. We are deeply grieved by the violence done to families
through immigration raids. We cannot in good conscience ignore such suffering
and injustice.

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