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Number Of Congregations Pledging To Help Protect Undocumented Immigrants Has Doubled Since Trump’s Election

The number of congregations joining the “sanctuary” effort to help protect undocumented immigrants from Donald Trump’s deportation force has doubled since his election, according to faith leaders. “Congregations have been knocking down our doors,” said Rev. Noel Andersen of the Church World Service. “We expect more because of the outcry from our congregations that we’ve heard.” This … Continue reading »

“We Will Host You For As Long As It Takes”: Faith Leaders, Churches Vow To Protect Undocumented Immigrants

As a rapidly-expanding number of campuses, communities, and states are joining the resistance to Donald Trump’s mass deportation efforts, faith leaders and churches are vowing to offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants. “If you need a safe place, once you enter the doors of this building, you are safe,” said Rev. Abraham Waya, pastor of Central … Continue reading »

Growing Number of States, Cities, Colleges, and Churches Vow to Protect Immigrants, Resist Trump Deportation Agenda

A growing number of states, cities, colleges, and faith communities are pledging to defend immigrant residents of their communities and rising up to say ‘no’ to Donald Trump’s deportation agenda. The strength, focus and breadth of this growing resistance promises to be an important bulwark for the effort to defend immigrant workers and families during … Continue reading »

“God Is With Them”: Meet The Faith Leaders Who Comfort Distraught Immigrant Families In Detention

As the first GOP Presidential debate approaches next week, immigration is sure to become a heated — and contentious — topic among the Republican candidates, many of whom are verging to the far-right on immigration in an attempt to woo primary voters. But we know it’s about so much more than just politicking here. Immigration isn’t just … Continue reading »

Rep. Grijalva and Dozens of Congregations Announce Nationwide Movement to Offer Sanctuary to Immigrants Facing Deportation

The following is a press release from Church World Services: Faith communities across country do what Congress and Administration have refused to do: protect and stand with immigrants facing deportation A nationwide movement to provide physical sanctuary to immigrants and their families facing deportation is rapidly growing, from two churches in Arizona to two dozen … Continue reading »

40 Faith Leaders Send One-Sentence Letter to Obama: Don’t Forget Migrant Children

Yesterday, forty national faith leaders delivered a succinct, one-sentence message to President Obama urging him not to compromise the lives of children fleeing violence in any future executive action. With new reports of Honduran children being killed following their deportation from the US and Mexico, the short message underscores the critical importance of protecting children … Continue reading »

Civil Rights & Faith Leaders Call for an End to Anti-Immigrant Attacks, Need to Advance Responsible Solutions

The following is a press release from a joint press conference: Both the tone and content of the immigrant debate reached a new low last week as House Republicans voted to strip due process protections away from Central American children fleeing murder and violence and then passed a bill that would end the Deferred Action … Continue reading »

112 Faith Leaders and Immigrant Activists Arrested at White House Protesting President’s Deportation Policies

Below is a press release from Church World Services: High-resolution photos for press usage: Handout video footage for press usage:  Profiles of selected leaders: Today, more than 100 faith leaders and immigrant rights activists from across the country were arrested after participating in an act of civil disobedience demanding that President Obama end his inhumane deportation … Continue reading »

More than 250 Evangelical Pastors Meet with Congress, Call for Vote on Immigration Reform

Yesterday, more than 250 local evangelical pastors from 25 states congregated on Capitol Hill to meet with their members of Congress and call for a vote this year on immigration reform. The pastors, organized by the Evangelical Immigration Table, started their day with a worship service, before meeting with more than 100 members of Congress, most … Continue reading »

PHOTOS: Catholic Bishops Hold Powerful Mass at Nogales Border

Today, nine Catholic bishops with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops held a powerful mass at Nogales on the US-Mexico border to pray for immigration reform and commemorate those who have died in attempted crossings.  Hundreds of people were estimated to be in attendance, a high school band played, people who have lost loved ones to … Continue reading »