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We work to end injustices against immigrants regardless of immigration status, express radical welcome for all, and ensure that values of dignity, justice, and hospitality are lived out in practice and upheld in the policy.

NSM’s definition of immigrant justice

Immigrant justice is a process that begins by confronting the reality that the immigration system is not broken, but works as designed–to keep white people in power and hoard resources by denying the humanity of Black and Brown people and treating them as less than human. Created out of white supremacy violence, it is designed to harm individuals, families, neighborhoods, and communities. Drawing from our faith traditions gives us a vision where all people can live free and safe in the community of their choice with access to the resources they need in order to flourish.  NSM’s immigrant justice work supports its members to discover and build their power within to connect with others to transform oppressive systems into ones of liberation..


Affected immigrants decide our goals and plan our strategy. Citizen allies support and accompany immigrants in the struggle.


We organize member congregations from diverse faith backgrounds who come together around shared faith values.

Spiritual Non-violence

Inspired by peaceful movements for social change, we confront violent structures with bold compassion and courageous love.

Recent Achievements

As part of the Philadelphia Family Unity Network coalition, New Sanctuary Movement successfully ended collaboration between all Philadelphia city officials and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the deportation wing of the federal government. Thanks to our hard-won victory, countless immigrant families in Philadelphia remain together and are safer from deportation.

After 843 days of resisting unjust, racist immigration laws and fighting to keep their family together, the Thompsons win their Sanctuary campaign! Since fleeing Jamaica in 2004 after their farm was burned and they received death threats, the family has been pursuing peace and safety. Now, the family is finally able to walk free.

After 554 in Sanctuary, Suyapa Reyes and her children have won their campaign and are free to leave Sanctuary!

Campaign Activity

We organize immigrants and allies to create justice for all, regardless of immigration status.
Check out our latest campaign actions below and read about our organizing model here.

Driver’s Licenses for All in PA

Defending Sanctuary Cities

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