Immigration

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.
Leviticus 19:34
What's at Stake

God has special care for those living in countries far from home. Throughout scripture, believers are taught that we must protect “aliens” living in our midst. By contrast, national anti-immigrant policies are increasingly cruel and oppressive. All people are equally beloved by God, no matter where they were born, what language they speak, or the color of their skin. Because of our Christian faith we are taking sustained, strategic action to change immigration policy.

What We're Doing

Sanctuary: We are participating in the New Sanctuary Movement to help immigrants in need of sanctuary. Public Policy Advocacy: The laws of this country are not set in stone, they can change with sustained citizen organizing. We focus our work on state and local policies, which have a huge effect on the lives of immigrants. Solidarity: People who are not guilty of any criminal offense are locked away in Suffolk County Jail in an ICE detention center. We hold solidarity prayer vigils regularly outside this jail, so that those who are locked away know that there are people fighting for them and that they are not forgotten.

What You Can Do
Volunteer with the New Sanctuary Movement
Help undocumented immigrants in need of sanctuary. Email John@oldsouth.org to learn more and get involved.
Advocate for Immigration Justice
We work with the Sanctuary Church Movement alongside Massachusetts Community Action Network.
Show Solidarity at the Detention Center
Contact Alliea Groupp for the date and time of the next prayer vigil.
Come to Church
We are an intentionally diverse congregation with many immigrants as members and many international visitors.
Give to Massachusetts Community Action Network
MCAN is working locally on immigration issues.

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