Minute of Support for Immigrant Families and Asylum Seekers

As members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), we believe that the human family is one family; that there is that of God in every member of this family; and that generosity of spirit toward all the members of the human family is of overriding importance.

As Quakers, we reaffirm our unconditional support for the well being and protection of all immigrant families and individuals who are seeking asylum in the United States. Children being separated from their parents creates an even greater injustice delivered upon these immigrant families. These same families who are fleeing violence, are violated again, when their children are taken away.

Asylum is a form of protection recognized under both international law and federal law. We expect our government to obey these laws and offer asylum to any person or family, who have been persecuted in their home countries or fear persecution there based on their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or particular social group.

We call on our fellow community members to join us in defending human rights for all, working toward an inclusive, nonviolent community that protects those who are vulnerable, and striving together for compassion, dignity, and safety for all.

South Starksboro (VT) Monthly Meeting, December 23, 2018