We’re on a week-long national Sanctuary tour!

Sanctuary leader Angela, husband Manrique, and NSM organizer Nicole head to Tucson, Phoenix, and Denver to support Misael, Arturo, and Rosa who remain in Sanctuary! Viaje de Santuario! Angela, su esposo Manrique, y organizadora del Nuevo Santuario Nicole van a Tucson, Phoenix, y Denver en apoyo de Misael, Arturo, y Rosa quienes todavia estan en Santuario! 

“I want to meet Misael, Rosa, and Arturo in person and give them my support because I’m still fighting. We want them win their cases and we’ll keep fighting so all deportations ends. We’re all in the same struggle.” 
– Angela Navarro

On Friday, February 20, Angela, Manrique, and Nicole head out west to visit Misael, Rosa, and Arturo, the three remaining people in Sanctuary! During the week long Sanctuary tour, we will meet with Sanctuary families and the faith communities organizing together for immigrant justice. In each city, we will lend our support to the Sanctuary campaigns, learn from each other’s organizing experiences, and speak out publicly to demand that ICE stop the deportation orders of Rosa, Arturo, Misael, and thousands of others.

The Sanctuary tour comes as U.S. District Judge Hanen temporarily halts President Obama’s executive action that would provide protection from deportation to five million undocumented people. Judge Hanen’s anti-immigrant ruling violates not only our faith values but the legal power of the President to pass executive actions. We feel confident that this terrible ruling will be overturned and will keep fighting to keep all families together.

Check out the profiles of the three remaining Sanctuary individuals below! 


“Quiero conocer a Misael, Rosa, y Arturo personalmente y darles mi apoyo porque todavia estamos luchando. Queremos que ellos salgan de Santuario y que Inmigracion pare su orden de deportacion. Seguimos luchando para que pare con todas las deportaciones. Todos tenemos la misma lucha.”


-Angela Navarro

El viernes, 20 de febrero de Angela, Manrique, y Nicole van hacia el oeste para visitar a Misael, Rosa, y Arturo, las tres personas todavia en Santuario! Durante la semana de gira de Santuario, nos reuniremos con las familias de Santuario y comunidades de fe que organizan juntos por la justicia para los inmigrantes. En cada ciudad, vamos a darnuestro apoyo a las campañas de Sanctuary, aprender de las experiencias de los otros organizadores, y hablar públicamente para demandar que Inmigracionn detener las órdenes de deportación de Rosa, Arturo, Misael, y miles de personas.

Esta semana, el juez Hanen detiene temporalmente la acción ejecutiva del presidente Obama. Juez Hanen viola no sólo nuestros valores de fe, pero el poder legal del Presidente para aprobar acciones ejecutivas. Estamos seguros de que esta terrible sentencia será anulada y seguimos luchando para mantener juntas todas las familias.

Conozca a los tres individuos de Santuario abajo! 

MISAEL: 3 months in Sanctuary at Shadow Rock UCC, Phoenix


I’m excited for Angela’s trip because I want to know how she feels now and how she won her case. We’re fighting for our cases and we won’t be defeated – we’re going to keep fighting!

He estado en Santuario por 3 meses. Tengo ganas por el viaje de Angela porque quiero saber como ella se siente ahora y como gano su caso. Estamos en la lucha por nuestros casos y no nos damos por vencido – seguimos en la lucha! 

ROSA: 6 months in Sanctuary at Southside Presybeterian Church, Tucson


I’m very happy that even though Angela won, she’s continued to support me and everyone in our situation.

Estoy muy contenta porque a pesar de que Angela gano, sigue apoyandome a mi y a todos los demas. 

Sign Rosa’s petition!

ARTURO: 4 months in Sanctuary at First Unitarian Society of Denver 


Here in Colorado we’re fighting against the Immigration office to close my deportation case. Angela’s visit will bring energy to the churches here and show that it is possible as a community to win my case and bring relief to thousands more. Immigration officials do have the power to close my case.

 Aqui en Colorado estamos luchando contra la oficina de Inmigracion para cerrar mi caso de deportacion. La visita de Angela pondra animo a las iglesias aqui para mostrar que si es possible ganar. Inmigracion si tiene el poder de cerrar mi caso.

Sign Arturo’s petition & learn more about the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition.

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Leading this initiative is Bertha Murcia, one of NSM's Community Organizers. She is an alumna of NSM’s Promotoras de Justicia immigrant leadership program and oversees member engagement.

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We build a base of people from our 33 congregations and Accompaniment Team and direct that people-power to fight specific campaigns. Staff members work with immigrant members to choose our campaigns, guide our strategies, lead events, and ensure our work is focused on meeting the needs of Philadelphia’s various immigrant communities.

Having a hands-on role in changing policy allows our members to gain a sense of empowerment, confidence, and self-respect. Empowering immigrants of color to organize collectively is part of NSM’s long haul work to create a people-powered movement for immigrant justice.