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DACA Sanctuary Resolution at MDUUC

At their September 19th meeting the MDUUC Board of Trustees requested that the Sanctuary Task Force draft a resolution for the congregation to consider at the October 22nd meeting of the congregation. The resolution is to authorize the Board on behalf of the congregation to accept a request for temporary physical sanctuary from DACA recipients who lose their status due to the administration’s cancelling DACA and who are in immediate risk of deportation.

The Sanctuary Task Force believes that our faith calls us to honor the full humanity of all, including DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients who, like so many immigrants, are marginalized and threatened with deportation.

This resolution will be presented to the congregation by the Board at the October 22nd Congregational Meeting.

Whereas, our faith calls us to honor the full humanity of all, including DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients who, like so many immigrants, are marginalized and threatened with deportation,

 
Whereas, the congregation voted on January 29, 2017 to open our congregation as a sanctuary for those targeted by hate and to work alongside our friends, families, and neighbors to ensure the dignity and human rights of all people,
 
Whereas, the federal administration has rescinded the DACA program, not allowing any more applications,
 
Whereas, DACA recipients provided detailed information about themselves to the government in good faith, information which could now be used to detain and/or deport them,
 
Whereas, DACA recipients have publicly advocated for themselves stating “undocumented and unafraid,” makes them more vulnerable to retaliation from this federal administration,
 
Whereas, California is now perceived as sanctuary state and the federal administration has threatened California with increased enforcement,
 
Whereas, the federal administration has proven to be unpredictable and could rescind protections for all DACA recipients at any time,
 
Be it resolved that Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church authorizes its Board of Trustees to accept a request for temporary physical sanctuary from DACA recipients who lose their status due to the administration’s cancelling DACA and are in immediate risk of deportation.
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