Recently, I attended part of the "Reform Immigration for America Summit" here in Washington DC. I learned more about my friend, John Glazer's commitment to the New Sanctuary Movement and along with hundreds of other committed activists, cheered as Rep. Gutierrez of Chicago described the importance of passing a Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill. Soon, President Obama will sit down with legislators to discuss Comprehensive Immigration Reform and faith communities all around the country are coming together to form prayer vigils and speak up about the moral implications within immigration policy.
What does this have to do with poverty (and more specifically Outreach International) you ask?
In far too many cases, people who live in extreme poverty or overwhelming insecurity are forced to migrate from their homes to a location that provides a safe, livable place where families are able to survive and thrive.
While Outreach International works with communities to create places where people create whole lives for themselves, some situations make this extremely difficult. Millions of people all around the world flee from neighborhoods that have been devastated by war, communities where there is no sustainable work, or governments who threaten their civil liberties.