Hundreds of immigrant families and pro-immigration reform advocates demonstrated Monday morning outside of the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement office.
Protesters demanded a stop to deportations and denounced Arizona’s new immigration law. They carried banners that read, “1,000 Families Torn Apart Each Day” and photos of children who have been separated from their parents because of current policy.
“We call on Secretary Janet Napolitano to meet with 20 immigrant families directly impacted by deportations so that she can understand how her department’s policies of raids, detention, and deportations are destroying and dividing families,” said the Rev. Jose Miranda of Sunflower Community Action in Wichita, Kan. “We trust that once she spends time face to face with the children who have lost their parents, and those who have lost loved ones, she will stop enacting anti-family policies until the national immigration debate results in a just and humane reform.” more >>
An unlikely group of conservative evangelicals issued a statement Tuesday calling for just immigration reform that includes an earned pathway for undocumented immigrants already in the country.
The leaders, who together represent tens of millions of evangelicals, said the immigration debate is not just a political one but a moral issue. They are calling on the federal government to pass comprehensive immigration reform that would secure the borders and allow millions of undocumented people to “come out of the shadows.”
The evangelical leaders who affirmed the statement on immigration include: Dr. Richard Land, president of The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention; Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel; the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; and Bishop George McKinney, pastor of St. Stephen’s Cathedral of the Church of God in Christ; among others. more >>
WASHINGTON – American flags were everywhere – flying in the air, worn as bandanas, held by children – as more than 200,000 people thronged the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Sunday to rally for comprehensive immigration reform.
Posters reading “Obama Keep Your Promise,” “Protect Our Families,” “We Contribute to America,” and “We are Not Criminals! We are Hard Working Families” littered the landscape made up overwhelmingly of Hispanic demonstrators.
Protesters came to vent their frustration at the pace Washington was addressing immigration reform and to demand the government take up the issue in April. more >>
The nation’s largest Hispanic faith-based network launched a nationwide grassroots campaign on Tuesday to push lawmakers to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year.
Esperanza, which includes more than 12,000 Hispanic churches and community non-profits, is seeking to mobilize Hispanic communities across the country to contact their elected officials in support of comprehensive immigration reform.
Participants will tell their representative in Congress that 65 percent of Americans support reform. more >>
Faith leaders ranging from evangelical to Jewish came together Wednesday to launch a nationwide mobilization of people of faith to call for immigration reform that does not tear families apart.
Already the “Together, Not Torn: Families Can’t Wait for Immigration Reform” campaign has collected over 100,000 pro-reform postcards that will be delivered to members of Congress next week. Organizers anticipate they will collect more than a million postcards within the next month.
"People of faith are calling for immigration reform because every day they witness the human consequences of the broken immigration system – families separated, workers exploited and communities in fear,” said Jen Smyers, associate for immigration and refugee policy at Church World Service. “We pray that Congress will have the moral courage to enact humane immigration reform immediately, because our families and communities can no longer wait.” more >>
Evangelical leaders across the nation on Tuesday participated in prayer vigil events to call for comprehensive immigration reform.
The vigils took place in six cities where immigration policy is especially contentious: Phoenix; Denver; Santa Ana, Calif.; Chicago; Memphis, Tenn.; and Miami. The largest event occurred in Phoenix where more than 120 evangelical leaders from across the country gathered for a “Day of Education, Witness and Action” on immigration reform.
"The broken immigration system has taken a heavy local toll, and many call Phoenix ‘ground zero’ for immigration issues," said Kit Danley, president of Neighborhood Ministries, the host group in Phoenix. "Our brothers and sisters in Christ from around the country are standing in solidarity with us to call for something better, something more fair, something more compassionate." more >>