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In response to increasing hostility towards immigrants, Latin/Hispanic immigrants in particular, both in the public sentiment and legislation, a New Sanctuary Movement has emerged. The UUA is the only religious organization that has signed on to the New Sanctuary Movement. I'm quite proud of this as I see it as us living our values - respecting the inherent worth and dignity of all and relating to others with justice, equity, and compassion (our first two principles). For as long as there is such gross economic inequity between countries, I cannot fault anyone for trying to make a better life for their kids even if it isn't "legal." I take seriously the idea of "Welcoming the Stranger." So I was more than a little surprised a couple of days ago to find that some of my fellow UUs favor "securing the border" between the U.S. and Mexico. First, I don't know what "securing" means if it doesn't mean force. And second, what about the recognition that it's the economic inequity that is causing this influx? What about the recognition that our country, despite its protestations, actually depends on cheap immigrant labor to function? What about welcoming those most in need? But I am aware that there may be something that I am missing here. What do other UUs think? I have to say that I was also surprised that no one suggested this topic for the new CSAI (congregational study action issue) because there's a lot to study and discuss here.

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