Supporting Immigrant Sanctuary
SHARE believes that the recent influx of women and children crossing the border into the United States from Central America should be given refugee status. They have left their homes and come to a foreign land out of fear of violence and insecurity. We are a country of immigrants and our values welcome the stranger, thus we must take care of these women and children and provide them with sanctuary.
What is Sanctuary? Today, it is understood as a public, corporate stance to protect, support and advocate for immigrant or refugee families. This is usually achieved through a network of dedicated organizations and churches.
SHARE has been working to help organize churches and communities to become sanctuaries. We are able to do this through so many generous donors who helped us reach over 280% of our fundraising goal. Donations can continue to be sent in via our Donation Page.
Recently, four churches in the East Bay area declared themselves sanctuaries for immigrants and refugees: St. John’s Presbyterian Church Berkeley, Montclair Presbyterian (Oakland), Iglesia Presbyteriana High Street (Oakland), and Beacon Fellowship (Oakland).
The Sanctuary Movement is not a new one. It began as a way to react to the migration of people away from the war torn areas in Central America in the 1980s. Over 500 churches across the United States joined the movement and granted sanctuary for their displaced Salvadoran and Guatemalan brothers and sisters. To read more about the Sanctuary Movement’s history read the following written by Eileen Purcell: History of Sanctuary Movement Bay Area
Check out this news clip that appeared on Univision about the Sanctuary Movement!
For more information on how to become part of the movement, contact Jose Artiga at firstname.lastname@example.org today!