“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers,
for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.”
- Hebrews 13.2
As Christians we are called to a vision of the beloved community where all are welcome and there are no divisions. Our historical and personal narratives include being sojourners in new lands and being reliant on the welcome of strangers.
On the upcoming ballot, Measure 105 would repeal Oregon's sanctuary law. The sanctuary law limits the use of state/local law enforcement resources to enforce immigration law. This law was passed 30 years ago in 1987 by all but two legislators in response to patterns of profiling of Latino people. Nearly 175 cities, counties and states followed Oregon’s lead and passed similar laws.
As mentioned in MCC's January 2017 statement on Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees as Neighbors, sanctuary laws are common “....precisely because law enforcement officials understand that mixing local policing and immigrant enforcement makes communities less safe by causing immigrants to fear reporting crimes to police.”
Stand up for our neighbors by voting NO on 105.
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The scriptures call us to extend radical hospitality to neighbor and stranger. Out of a Fall class on the issues of immigration, the Radical Hospitality Team has emerged to help PMC extend hospitality to vulnerable people, and especially undocumented victims of labor trafficking and other crimes.
THE RADICAL HOSPITALITY TEAM:
Christa Obold Eshleman