This is the official position of our lady of perpetual help on Immigration, Deportation, and Refugees.
All humans deserve dignity and respect coupled with freedom to choose a better life for themselves.
All positions on this page are included in our church canons and bylaws.
We feel these positions are in keeping with our beliefs that Christ taught a message of social justice and are in keeping with a liberation theology.
We do not apologize for holding these beliefs closely to our hearts and standing, speaking, and acting on these beliefs.
Immigration Reform, Deportation, & Xenophobia
As we follow the teachings of a Jewish Rabbi, in The Christ, we realize that we are immigrants (gentiles) to him. He shows acceptance of all others and encourages us to welcome the stranger.
We recall that the central figure in our faith and doctrine, Christ Jesus, would be considered a foreigner, an illegal immigrant, and was a brown skinned middle easterner who would be rejected by many in our nation today; it is a sad fact that many would reject Him if he appeared in their church, town, or city, yet they proclaim His name and call themselves Christians.
No one should be forced to suffer restrictions on where they may choose or desire to go.
We believe that as Americans unless we are Native American, we too are immigrants either from recent generations or past generations.
We believe that all persons have the inalienable right to freedom and liberty, and that may be expressed by seeking other places in which to live, work, and enjoy life.
We believe that a group of persons related by a country or origin cannot be judged by the actions of one person or a small group of persons.
We believe that God created the world over time and that as His creation we should be free to go where we wish.
We believe that Christ taught that we are to welcome the stranger or sojourner and offer food and shelter.
We believe that the scripture teaches is that the sin of Sodom was inhospitality and we desire to show great hospitality.
We believe it is our Christian duty to stand, speak and act on behalf of a marginalized immigrant community.
We believe that all immigrants should be treated with justice, honor and respect.
We oppose any efforts to legislate and create classes of people who are deemed worthy or unworthy of immigration;
We oppose the rejection of refugees who are in need of help, assistance, and escape from a life of fear, terror, and abuse;
We oppose the idea that any family should be torn apart thru deportation even if a member is in an illegal immigration status;
We understand that the very theology of Liberation that we follow was first introduced by persons of Hispanic Heritage;
Our Lady of Perpetual Help condemns every instance of xenophobia;
Our Lady of Perpetual Help stands in support of immigrants and refugees, both legal and illegal;
Our Lady of Perpetual Help stands firm in belief that the imprisonment of any immigrant and deportment, unless a proven threat to humanity, is a sin against morality and is in direct opposition to the teachings of Christ and thus the church;
Our Lady of Perpetual Help will speak out publicly through words and lawful actions against xenophobia;
Our Lady of Perpetual Help will always welcome and serve as a safe haven for people who are immigrants and in danger of fracture of their families;
Our Lady of Perpetual Help proclaims our belief that all forms of hatred and xenophobia must be denounced and eliminated.