Immigration Reform: The Sanctuary Movement
“… you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt…” (Lev. 19:33–34)
We are caring for a mother of four U.S. citizens in sanctuary at the church, and protecting her from deportation while she waits for her visa application to be acted upon.
In early 2017, a church member contacted the church about a movement in which churches, mosques, and temples were forming coalitions to help and provide safe space for immigrants and Muslims, African Americans and anyone who feels endangered in this country.
Around the same time, our national organization, the Presbyterian Church (USA), published Sanctuary: A Discernment Guide for Congregations.* The guide describes the Sanctuary as “a growing movement of immigrant and faith communities who are standing with groups made vulnerable by the current political climate, including immigrants at risk of deportation.”
In the course of discerning our role in this movement, we learned of a potential deportee, in danger of being separated from her four children, who was requesting sanctuary.
On Sept. 6, 2017, we offered sanctuary to Leonor at Forest Hill Church. She has been living at the church since then.
How You Can Help
Many who hear Leonor’s story are eager to help. A special contact has been created to handle inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Others want to help financially. Cash or checks made payable to Forest Hill Church may be made in person or through the mail to Forest Hill Church, 3031 Monticello Blvd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44118. Please indicate that the donation is for the Sanctuary Movement.
Online donations may be made through our Paypal account. To be sure your donation goes to support Leonor and her family, please indicate Sanctuary Movement in the “Add special instructions to seller” field.