IMMIGRATION AND SANCTUARY GROUP (ISG)

 

The fundamental assurances of due process and equal protection embodied in the US Constitution and Bill of Rights apply to every person, regardless of immigration status. Our UU principles affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person and our commitment to justice extends across borders and to all people.

 

In response to administration policies targeting and deporting millions of undocumented immigrants and discriminating against marginalized communities, Follen Church has joined a sanctuary movement of faith and immigrant communities to protect and stand with immigrants facing unjust deportation. Specifically, we are working with a coalition of over 400 volunteers from many local faith communities to support First Parish Unitarian Universalist in Bedford, which has welcomed a woman from Central America into sanctuary. She is a mother and grandmother who faces immediate deportation to a country where her life would be in imminent danger.

 

Our work with First Parish Bedford consists largely of providing volunteers to be onsite at the church 24/7 as well as contributing financially when possible. Training and support are provided. Please contact Anne Engelhart or Rachel Hyde if you have questions or would like to participate.

 

In addition, the ISG will seek additional opportunities to aid our immigrant neighbors facing legal and financial challenges by joining with the Boston Immigrant Justice Accompaniment Network (BIJAN).  See https://beyondbondboston.org/

 

The ISG will act as a conduit for information regarding the Safe Communities Act in Massachusetts as well as federal legislation on immigration. The ISG also seeks programming opportunities to offer insight about the immigration experience to the Follen community.