The RavenCast: Immigration, Water Protectors, and Hope

Lindsey Paris-Lopez and Adam Ericksen discuss some major news stories of the last few days – the Trump Administration’s immigration policies and the events at Standing Rock.

Show Notes:

How do you fight for justice without scapegoating political rivals?

Are there reasons for hope?

What wisdom can we gain from ancient religious traditions?

North Dakota recently passed a bill that “would make it a crime to a crime to wear a mask during demonstrations…” not goggles, as Adam misstated. Read this article on the Daily Beast for more.

5 Quick Facts about Immigration and Sanctuary Cities:

  1. Violence from the United States destabilizing countries in Latin America and the Middle East is a primary cause for immigration and refugee crises.
  2. It is impossible to immigrate to this country legally without either immediate family (spouse, parent, child, or sibling) or high-level employment skills unless you are one of the few, heavily-vetted refugees we will allow because we have deemed you to be in life-threatening danger. (Our wars and policies cause far more life-threatening danger than we publicly acknowledge.)
  3. Religious traditions command just and compassionate treatment of immigrants. Leviticus 19:33-34 reads: “When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”
  4. The threat to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities is unConstitutional except in narrow, limited cases.
  5. Sanctuary cities are usually safer than cities in which local law enforcement officers act as immigration officers. Officers are more free to look out for and respond to crimes when they are not on the lookout for possibly undocumented immigrants. Immigrants are also able to report crimes without fear for their own personal safety.

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