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July 07, 2014 - Posted by Communications Intern

“It’s really as simple as forgetting about the party line issues in between the immigration issue. We need them to drop the R and the D after their names, come together and find a solution.”

— Alan Long, Mayor of Murrieta, Calif., where protesters blocked a bus carrying migrants last week, July 3


Congress, Administration Must Address Unaccompanied Migrant Children
The conversation around unaccompanied migrant children continues, underscoring the need for an effective, humane response from the Obama administration and Congress.

One focal point continues to be the protestors in Murrieta, Calif., who last week blocked Homeland Security buses from entering the town and delivering migrant children and adults to a processing facility.

Such protests will continue until Congress and the administration work together to respond with a clear process that slows the flow of migrants and addresses those who are now in the U.S. Humane and just treatment must be the top priority as authorities respond according to the law.

Last week, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) and 34 of his House Republican colleagues signed a letter that emphasizes politics rather than good policy. It suggests, among other things, that the president end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

With the president expected to send an emergency funding request to Congress this week, migrant children — and our broken immigration system more broadly — need leaders in Washington to engage in a productive conversation that results in solutions.

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Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:

MUST READ: MIAMI HERALD (Padrón Op-Ed): It’s a good day to celebrate citizenship
By Eduardo Padrón
July 3, 2014
Well over a year ago, a group of community employers blazed a new trail for civic engagement with their employees. Miami Dade College, the Intercontinental, and The Betsy–South Beach became founding employer partners of the Bethlehem Project. This unprecedented partnership was designed to help green card-holding employees — legal residents — become citizens at very low cost and without leaving the worksite.
As we celebrate Independence Day, the Bethlehem Project has grown to 20 businesses here in Miami, and more than 75 businesses nationwide.
What started as an experiment in Miami has become a national movement. From Los Angeles to New York, employers in healthcare, education, and hospitality are reaching out to their workers with green cards to help them become citizens.
They’re doing so because these employers recognize the immediate benefits of citizenship for their workforce. For workers, the opportunity means the chance to realize their American Dream, open new doors and set even deeper roots in our community.
For businesses, it’s a chance to boost productivity, foster loyalty, and provide a critical benefit to their employees — without any impact on the bottom line. And for the larger community, it’s the opportunity to build new partnerships across industry sectors and encourage a stronger local economy.
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DAILY BEAST: Even Conservative Evangelical Support Couldn’t Save Immigration Reform
By Jacob Lupfer
July 6, 2014
America’s faith factions are typically divided on the big issues, but there was near-universal religious support for the immigration reform bill that died this week. Why wasn’t it enough?
Last week, Congressional Republicans forced an exasperated President Obama to acknowledge the death—or at least the needless delay—of yet another policy reform in the national interest. One striking feature of the immigration debate has been lost in the lamentations and finger pointing: religious leaders’ near-unanimous support for comprehensive immigration reform.
The politics of America’s faith leaders are as diverse as the manifold sects and theological orientations they represent, making widespread political agreement among them rare. Most social movements of the past found faith leaders on both sides of contentious issues. Churches split over slavery. Protestants fought Catholics over Prohibition. Some Christians opposed the Civil Rights movement while others marched and advocated for racial equality.
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NEW ORLEANS TIMES-PICAYUNE (Crosby Op-Ed): Praying Rep. Steve Scalise will lead on immigration
By David Crosby
July 4, 2014
U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise has vaulted into a formal leadership role within the House of Representatives just as we hear that the House will not be moving immigration reform forward this year.
That would be a major disappointment. Like many other Christians across the nation, I am praying that Rep. Scalise and his colleagues will yet help our country find long-term solutions on this vexing issue. I am disappointed that our elected officials are unwilling to deal with this issue so vital to the welfare of all who live within our borders.
I was personally delighted to see Rep. Scalise elected to serve as House Majority Whip. He has represented his Louisiana district with distinction, including leading on key issues of concern to Christians such as protecting life in the womb and defending religious liberty.
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