Be it resolved that Mount Vernon Unitarian Church advocates for measures that treat all immigrants, regardless of legal status, justly and humanely, and for an immigration policy that includes the following elements:

  • A path to citizenship or legal permanent residency for those already in a country legally or illegally, as well as for those wanting to enter a country;
  • Work visas that allow employment and that
  • Require the same worker protections applicable to citizens including fair wages, safe and healthful environments, and receipt of benefits;
  • Do not depend on a single employer;
  • Allow multiple entries;
  • Permit entry into the path for citizenship; and
  • Provide parity between the number of visas and the work available in the receiving nation.
  • Access to the same medical care and education available to citizens;
  • Evaluation of human and environmental costs of proposed barriers to immigration or other changes in immigration policy;
  • Due process under the law including representation, rights of appeal, and the right to initiate suits;
  • Non-deportation of parents with dependent children or partners of documented residents;
  • Provision of asylum for refugees and others in fear of violence or retribution; and
  • Collaboration with source countries to address underlying causes contributing to immigration.

Originally Posted: 2015/09/07

Reposted: 2019/01/10