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December 02, 2013 - Posted by Communications Intern

“Is our immigration system really just? Does it reflect America’s values? Does it reflect God’s values? Are these laws serving the people of our country? Are they holding up our nation as a place of hope and a blessing to the world? If not, pray for and encourage your members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, to lead the way in writing and passing comprehensive immigration reform.”

— Wes Helm, missions pastor at Springcreek Church in Garland, Texas, in the Dallas Morning News Dec. 1


Fast for Families Draws Attention
Now on its 21st day, the Fast for Families continues on the National Mall, led by faith, labor and immigrant advocacy leaders. Many across the country are joining the fast as well, and this week the group is ramping up its call to action. Today through Wednesday are nationwide days of fasting, and events in D.C. will include a press conference Tuesday morning (see calendar below).

Visitors to the fast have included faith leaders from across the country, members of Congress from both sides of the aisle and, on Friday, the president and First Lady.

Popular Chef Jose Andres Celebrates His U.S. Citizenship
Jose Andres, who became a U.S. citizen last month after 23 years in the United States, was a guest today on the Kojo Nnamdi Show. Andres spoke about becoming a citizen and both spoke and fielded questions about immigration reform during the segment.

At the end of October, the National Immigration Forum presented Jose Andres with a Keepers of the American Dream Award.

“We need to remember that, as immigrants, we have to work hard to belong to this country,” Andrés said upon receiving the award. “One of the first great minds I met when I arrived in Washington was Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and he told me something that I hold dear to my heart. He said to me, “If you want to belong to this country, here it is! You only have to work for it.”

CALENDAR: Please visit our Events page to find this week's immigration-related events.

Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:

MUST READ: WASHINGTON POST (Editorial): Immigration’s electoral effect shouldn’t scare the GOP
November 30, 2013
MANY REPUBLICANS in Congress oppose immigration reform for fear of it creating millions of new Democratic voters and putting the White House forever beyond the GOP’s electoral reach. “This is President Obama’s number one political agenda item because he knows we will never again have a Republican president, ever, if amnesty goes into effect,” Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) told World Net Daily, an online publication, in June.
That conviction helps explain the party’s opposition to a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. But there are at least two reasons to doubt the Republican assumption. One is that any plan with a chance of enactment will contain a very long timeline for naturalizing the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants. Under the Senate bill passed in June, immigrants would have to wait 13 years to become citizens; under some House proposals, the wait would be even longer. It is folly to predict how the nation, let alone particular voting blocs, might tilt in the 2028 or 2032 presidential elections.
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ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Advocates redouble efforts on immigration reform
By Dan Nowicki and Daniel Gonzalez
November 28, 2013
PHOENIX -- This was supposed to be the year of immigration reform.
But with hope quickly fading that an immigration bill will pass by year's end, advocates are shifting their focus to 2014, girding for an even tougher battle as the already-contentious issue drifts into the perilous political waters of an election year.
Reform advocates are determined to keep the immigration debate alive, vowing to continue pressing lawmakers to pass immigration reform, if not this year, then next.
"We need to keep fanning the flames," said Eduardo Nevares, auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix and immigration-reform advocate.
Until Congress acts, some activists also are increasing calls on President Barack Obama to take action on his own by stopping deportations and expanding his deferred-action program to a larger number of undocumented immigrants, not just those brought here illegally as children.
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