The Higher Ground Moral Declaration

ON Immigrants RIghts and Xenophobia

Moral and Constitutional Foundation

Leviticus 19:33-34 and 24:22 – When the alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien.  The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt:  I am the Lord your God.”

Constitution of the United States, 14 Amendment, Section 1.  All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws

Questions for Candidates

Immigrants play a vital role in the economic, cultural, and intellectual life of this country. Indeed this is a nation of immigrants.  Do you support the immediate moratorium on deportation, harassment, discrimination, criminalization and incarceration against immigrants?

Do you support the rights of immigrants to attain legal driver’s licenses and higher education to support the flourishing of immigrant families?

Will you stand up against Islamophobia and other forms of religious and racial/ethnic discrimination/xenophobia?

We believe immigrant rights and combatting xenophobia are moral issues. Do you? If not, please explain why.