Faith Communities Across Minnesota Declare Their Place of Worship ‘Sanctuary’ for Immigrants Seeking Refuge

St. Paul, Minn. Dec. 7, 2016 — Yesterday, 100 Minnesota clergy and faith leaders from across the state gathered at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in St. Paul to declare their place of worship as a space of Sanctuary to immigrants seeking refuge. This stance of faith is in response to the President Elect’s planned policies that target immigrants while tearing their families and the country apart through mass deportation.

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Minnesota Drivers’ Licenses and Immigrants

As people of faith, we believe that every human being has sacred worth and is created in the image of God. The current situation in our nation where millions of immigrant families live in fear of separation, vulnerable to abuse, and unable to fully live out their God-given gifts is morally unacceptable.  Only our President and U.S. Congress can fix our broken immigration system.

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After Walking for Nearly a Week, Pilgrims for Citizenship find that Rep. Paulsen Chooses to Ignore Constituents

“The Fate of Our Families is in Rep. Paulsen’s Hands,” Say Faith Leaders.

On Friday, November 8th, 75 clergy, faith leaders and immigrant families ended a six-day pilgrimage with a Mass and prayer vigil outside Rep. Erik Paulsen’s office. The pilgrims walked 36 miles in solidarity with 11 million aspiring Americans to call on Rep. Paulsen to publicly support immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship.

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Minnesota Pilgrimage for Citizenship Video | Channel 12 News – 11/5/13

As part of a national effort to move Congress to fix our broken immigration system, from November 3-8, ISAIAH immigration leaders, in partnership with Catholic Charities Office for Social Justice, embarked on a symbolic pilgrimage to call for making citizenship a reality for 11 million aspiring Americans.

Watch this powerful 2-minute report on the Minnesota Pilgrimage for Citizenship from Channel 12 in Brooklyn Park, MN.

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National Day of Dignity and Respect

Leaders from Minnesota’s business, faith, labor, education, law enforcement, and immigrant communities staged a massive prayer rally and march on October 5, 2013, to urge the House of Representatives to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year.

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