by Tara Tarana
Former American President Obama once said, “Scripture tells us that we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger—we were strangers once, too.” He was referring to extending hospitality to immigrants who arrive in the United States of America.
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by Vivian Whalen
Urban sanctuary refers to practices and policies typically associated with “sanctuary cities”. Sanctuary cities have emerged over the past decades in the USA and Canada as cities that seek to protect migrants and refugees from federal immigration enforcement. In addition, these cities seek to offer municipal services, including education and access to medical treatment to migrants independent of their legal status. While there is no one agreed-upon definition of what a sanctuary city is, these cities are meant to be areas where migrants and refugees do not need to fear deportation and are able to feel that they belong in the urban community where they live and work.
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