Over a quarter of California residents are immigrants. In Santa Barbara County, the numbers are nearly the same with over 100,000 immigrants who are workers, business owners, tax-payers, and neighbors. The Interfaith Sanctuary Alliance (ISA) was created as a branch of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) in response to increased anti-immigration rhetoric and ICE activity nationwide. The ISA is a coalition of over 30 local faith communities seeking to advocate for and create resources for undocumented immigrants living in fear of deportation. The ISA’s mission is to work to ensure respect for the dignity, safety, and human rights of all people, while resisting unjust policies and practices that target and discriminate against immigrant communities.
At present, the ISA is seeking hosts and sponsors to support LGBTQ+ asylum seekers.
California is home to 5.3 million women, 4.9 million men, and over 400,000 children who are immigrants.
More than a quarter of adult immigrants had a college degree or more education in 2015, while over a third had less than a high school diploma.
More than 11,000 undocumented farmworkers labor in county fields and ranches in Santa Barbara County.
According to the 2011 American Community Survey, in Ventura County there are 182,987 immigrants or 22% of the population. For Santa Barbara County there are 103,038 immigrants or 24% of the population.
We are a community of immigrants. Immigrants make up more than one out of five residents in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.
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Mark Asman, Retired, Trinity Episcopal Church
Julia Hamilton, Vice President, CLUE
Rich Sander, Executive Director, Santa Barbara Alliance for Community Transformation
Every Laser-Shlensky, B’nai B’rith
Frank Rodriguez, Central Coast Alliance United for Sustainable Economy
Jan Ross, Live Oak Unitarian Society
Martha Santrizos, Trinity Lutheran Church
Alan Strout, First United Methodist Church Santa Barbara
Toni Stuart, St. Michael’s Church