The Commission on Justice for Immigrants
The Commission on Justice for Immigrants and Refugees advocates and acts on behalf of individuals, women with children, and families who have relocated in our communities across the U.S. and face arrest, detention, deportation by ICE.
We promote legislation to protect recipients of DACA, and we oppose measures that criminalize those who have fled violence and poverty in their countries and have sought to relocate in the U.S. We oppose this administration's policies on limiting the numbers of immigrants and refugees who have already been vetted, but are not allowed entry into our country. And we reject language that demonizes the stranger whose culture, language, and national origin are different from ours.
Commission members actualize our goal of justice for immigrants and refugees by serving as court observers in immigration hearings and by visiting detention centers. We continue to learn more by participating in meetings and conferences that provide information, education, and training.
We actively engage in letter writing and phone calls to legislators, participate in the convergence at the border in November, sign petitions by organizations and faith-based groups that further the cause of justice, and join rallies and marches that give public witness to the plight of immigrants, refugees, and Dreamers who are the victims of an unjust system. We support the sanctuary movement, and we advocate and act with groups that share our mission, values, and goals (e.g. LCWR, SOA, CLUE-LA, CIVIC, Interfaith Coalition for Human Integrity, AFSC, and religious groups: Episcopal, Presbyterian, UUSC, USCCB.
With the awareness that climate change propels migration that especially impacts women, commission members also engage in advocacy and actions that address the adverse consequences of climate change, nationally, and internationally. We welcome the strangers who seek safe haven in our land: You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 19:34)