CWS applauds Senate vote blocking anti-immigrant legislation

October 20, 2015

WASHINGTON – Church World Service and its 37 member denominations and communions applaud the Senate’s vote against S. 2146, The “Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act”. Alongside dozens of religious, municipal and law enforcement groups, CWS opposed the legislation, citing concerns that it would punish localities for using proven community policing methods, criminalize immigrants, and promote racial profiling.

“S. 2146 and other anti-immigrant legislation does not represent the values of welcome and acceptance promoted by people of faith,” CWS President and CEO the Rev John L. McCullough said,. “As members of the faith community have shown, we have a moral duty to live out those values and challenge legislation that goes against them. We applaud the Senators who voted against this divisive legislation and encourage all Members of Congress to work together to create sustainable solutions to our nation’s out-dated and unjust immigration system.”

Earlier this week, more than 1,000 faith leaders from around the country voiced their opposition to anti-immigrant and anti-sanctuary legislation at local levels, and urged Members of Congress to vote against similar federal legislation. To read the full letter and list of supporting faith leaders, please visit this website.

CWS remains committed to serving as an advocate alongside immigrant communities and is ready to work with members in both the House and Senate to create sustainable solutions that would create a pathway to citizenship, reform our criminal justice system, and promote proven community-policing efforts.


Megan Cagle, CWS – 602.399.0723,