SANCTUARY POSTER FAMILIES:
When sanctuary churches are selecting
which of the 11 million unauthorized foreign nationals
to house on their sacred grounds,
they might undertake the process of considering first
what parts of the present immigration laws should be changed.
In other words,
which would be the MOST UNJUST DEPORTATIONS?
For example, if we want immigration judges
to consider the positive contributions and achievements
of unauthorized immigrants,
we could put such provisions into new immigration laws
(or at least into policies used by immigration officials)
in deciding which foreign nationals to consider for deportation.
We know that the citizens of other countries
found living in the USA without any official permission
have violated that part of immigration law.
But perhaps that violation will seem trivial
when compared with
the many beneficial and constructive things
they have done with their lives in the USA.
We know that the immigration judge
will have a full record of all of the crimes committed
by any member of this unauthorized family.
But if they have a file of ACHIEVEMENTS
that is just as large or larger,
then the immigration judge should have the power
to allow this family to remain in the USA for the indefinite future
— -as long as all members avoid future law-breaking.
If this is the kind of change we want to see
in immigration law and/or enforcement-practice,
then we can select the family
that best illustrates these principles:
Yes, they have violated some immigration laws
and they might have committed other minor crimes
for which they were caught and punished.
But they also have many positive marks on their records.
We know that sanctuary families
will become HIGH PROFILE in all news media.
And if their stories illustrate the need for reasonable reforms,
then the facts about saving this family from deportation
will convince all levels of law-making and law-enforcement
to change those laws and practices to allow such good people
to remain in the USA — -and probably to become U.S. citizens.
Here are 14 specific ways in which foreign nationals
can show that they will become productive and positive
members of the American family: