ASYLUM SEEKING & SANCTUARY
2016 - 2019
In the Fall of 2016, parishioners at St Michael's began meeting to study how to respond in love - individually, as a ministry or as a parish - to the needs of migrants in our local and regional community. The parish discussed its possible role in sanctuary and in assisting asylum seekers.
In 2017, we house an Angolan asylum seeking mother and two children in the parish and helped the husband/father obtain parole from detention in El Paso. They lived with us for 10 months.
In 2019, St Michael's was one of five faith-based groups that assisted asylum seekers passing through Albuquerque on their way to sponsors across the country. Remain in Mexico ended the hopes of many asylum seekers in Juarez. The City of Albuquerque funded our efforts to support asylum seekers in Albuquerque.