From the Interfaith Worker Justice website, www.iwj.org
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 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.
Therefore, we covenant to:
- Take a public, moral stand for immigrants’ rights
- Reveal, through education and advocacy, the actual suffering of immigrant workers and families under current and proposed legislations
- Protect immigrants against hate, workplace discrimination, and unjust deportation.