Issues of immigration greatly impact the people served by RMM. This is especially true in the counties that border Lake Ontario where the Border Patrol has a greater impact.
In recent years, in an effort to stand with our immigrant brothers and sisters, RMM has sought to build bridges between recent immigrants and those who have resided in New York for longer periods of time. We know that we work with many who are undocumented, however we believe that all human beings deserve to be treated with respect and equality and should not have to live in fear.
Menu of Hope
We recognize that there are many powerful ways to accompany our immigrant neighbors during this time of uncertainty. Therefore, we have authored a Menu of Hope to direct allies towards resources, strategies, and sparks for creative action.
We encourage you to read the Menu and share within your networks. If you wish to order physical copies, please download and fill this order form.
To offer feedback or additions, contact Sakima McClinton. The Menu is a living document and we expect to update it as appropriate.
We urge our brothers and sisters in the faith community to keep the humanity of men, women, and children front and center. We need discourse and action that begin not with 'the immigrant problem' but rather what to do with a systemic problem that exploits people. Let us not succumb to the pressures that create a system that places cheap and controlled labor as its centerpiece. Rather, let us work to ensure the well-being, rights, and dignity of those who work among us, by focusing upon the creation of an economic system that is just and pays a living wage.
The above quote is excerpted from RMM’s Theological Statement on Immigration.