Immigration Justice Study Resources
Harvest of Empire Film Discussion Guide
Recent Immigration Justice Blog Posts
Defend the Human Rights of Migrants: Root Causes
At a time of deepening crisis for immigrants and asylum seekers, the UU College of Social Justice has organized an immersion experience with Cristosal specifically for religious professionals and lay leaders. This journey will help you deepen your understanding of the...
Immigration Justice: Additional Study
The UU College of Social Justice is creating other resources to support congregations as they study and develop new ways to act on immigration justice.
One of the most vivid ways a congregation can learn together is to join UUCSJ on a short border journey, to hear first-hand accounts from migrants within and outside of the US borders, and from the religious and human rights activists drawn to help them. If you would like to inquire about such a journey for your congregation, please contact us.
The UUA’s Office of Multicultural Growth and Witness continually develops new resources to support UUs as we become involved in this issue. In particular, through Standing on the Side of Love, we are supported in taking collective action. We encourage you to join their mailing list and stay informed.
No matter where we live in the United States, each of our communities includes a population of migrants, many of them undocumented. In order to learn how best to be an ally to these sisters and brothers of ours, we encourage you and your congregation to discover which migrant rights groups are already active in your own community, and where they most need your solidarity and assistance.
Of particular focus for many of these groups at this time are three campaigns:
- Safe Communities, or “Trust Acts”, by which cities and sometimes entire states withhold cooperation with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) in order to preserve community cohesion, trust and safety
- Safe Driving Campaigns, through which all qualified persons can receive training, testing and licenses to drive (whether or not they are undocumented migrants) by which our communities are made safer
- Dream Acts, through which young people brought to the US as infants or young children are permitted to attend college at in-state rates, whether or not they are documented
A long-time partner organization of the UUA we highly recommend, which has chapters in most states, is The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON).