What We Will Do:
During this week of Independence Day, we acknowledge that the United States detains many migrants in inadequate and unsanitary conditions. We stand against the traumatic separation of families, the deprivation of basic needs, and the detention of migrants. Therefore, the delegates of Mennonite Church USA assembly condemn the abuse of migrants and call for a change in policy and action by the United States government.
As a denomination we:
- Recognize that no situation is so complex as to justify the building of internment camps and the abuse of children.
- Stand alongside the undocumented members of our denomination, welcoming new attendees seeking God regardless of immigration status and honoring the gifts they bring and seeing the Image of God in them.
- Advocate to the government for humane immigration policies at all levels, especially for children and other vulnerable people.
- Affirm the 2003 resolution to “advocate for just and humane policies for immigrants and refugees by contacting local, state, and national elected officials.”
- Seek connections with immigrant communities in our contexts and support those in sanctuary and the thousands of families whose loved ones have been deported.
- Encourage congregations to send members to the border region through MCC Borderlands tours and similar organizations to learn and witness to the conditions of migrants.
- Support the work of Mennonite Central Committee and other organizations, local congregations, and community actions to meet the basic needs of incoming migrants; advocate for family unification; and support humane and sensible immigration policy changes.