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People of Faith Bring Back Moral Heart into Immigration Policy Debate
April 08, 2009 - Posted by Katherine Vargas
Phot by Tinkernoonoo
Phot by Tinkernoonoo
“When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the stranger. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you. You shall love the stranger as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:33-34)
Following the teachings of these powerful biblical words, people of faith from across the country have acknowledged that their faith bestows the moral responsibility to treat all of their neighbors —regardless of their national origin — with dignity and respect, and that as people of faith they should speak up against hateful rhetoric, policies that keep families separated or rip them apart, and injustices that divide communities.
Faith communities from across the political and theological spectrum joined the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ Family Unity Tour and held over 170 prayer vigils in February to call for fair and humane immigration reform. They worked with Representative Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) and other Congressional leaders to hold almost 20 community meetings and interfaith services examining the impact of raids on families. Now, they are celebrating the Easter and Passover season by visiting their local Members of Congress to voice their support for a just and humane immigration system; one that is consistent with America’s values and, quite frankly, God’s values. Our friends at America’s Voice’s provide more information on these visits on their website:
… hundreds of people of faith across the country are visiting their Representatives, who are home for Easter Recess, and telling them that [unjust immigration laws are not] right. They're asking for real immigration reform this year.
Whether you celebrate Passover, Easter, or any other holiday this month, let's take a stand together, as people of moral conscience, for families across America. Watch our new video, send a fax to Congress, and share this with your loved ones.
Keeping families together isn't just a value for people of faith -- it's a human value.
It's a cornerstone of our society, and it's supposed to be a foundation of our immigration policies.
Congratulations to communities of faith for their courageous actions to bring back the humanity and moral heart to the immigration policy debate. They understand the need to reform our immigration system so it reflects our shared values of human dignity and family integrity.