Advocate for just immigration policies
Calling on your elected officials to reform United States immigration laws and to enact policies reflecting that immigrants are a blessing, not a burden, is critical. Loving our neighbor can take many forms, including advocacy. In order to have more just laws supporting our immigrant brothers and sisters, we can love our neighbor by contacting our congressional representatives. This is also one of the ways we can steward our voices to change the conversation to make a broad impact on many people’s lives. Here are ways you can advocate:
- Invite people to sign up for periodic immigration updates and actions alerts
- Show up for town halls, write op-eds, and publicly advocate for immigrant-friendly policies
- Set up legislative meetings with elected officials for church members using our “Biblical Advocacy 101” guide or by connecting with Melissa Stek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Visit our Action Center for specific ways to advocate for better immigration policies.
Become a Blessing Not Burden Partner!
For the past two years, the Immigrants Are a Blessing Not a Burden campaign has empowered individuals like you to change the conversation about immigrants. Now, we’re taking our efforts a step further. We’re equipping people to organize their congregations to spread the message that immigrants are a blessing (as the Bible teaches us!) and to bring about concrete positive policy changes. Continue to be a part of the movement of changing the conversation by partnering with us! Partners walk with their congregations as they learn more about our broken immigration system and how it impacts the people God calls us to welcome and defend. Partners work to educate their congregations, help integrate the topic of immigration into worship, speak to their public officials about common sense immigration policy, and connect church members to local efforts and organizations working with immigrants. We invite those who are already doing the work and those getting started to join. Click here to get started!
- Reach out and develop relationship with local immigrant church
- Host a Know Your Rights or a Family Preparedness training through reaching out to a local immigration attorney
- Connect a group to volunteer or partner with immigrant-focused ministries (tutoring, child care, food)
- Find and contact your local immigrant justice/sanctuary coalition and attend their meetings.
- To connect with the OSJ immigration mobilizer in your region, email Melissa Stek at email@example.com
Host a Church Between Borders workshop in your church
Church Between Borders is an interactive workshop that helps participants understand the brokenness of the U.S. immigration system and immigration policy through history. The workshop brings people from many perspectives together to engage immigration from a biblical perspective.Interested in hosting Church Between Borders in your church? Click here to learn more.
Sign up for the OSJ immigration newsletter
Stay up to date on immigration news and legislation in the United States and learn about timely opportunities to get involved. Be sure to check the 'Immigration' special updates box on the signup form.