I’m happy to share a new op-ed from Minnesota, an important state for fair immigration reform! The St. Paul Pioneer Press today published a piece by Bishop Ann Svennungsen of the Minneapolis Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
In her op-ed, “A Roadmap to Earned Citizenship,” the bishop writes:
Like citizens of nearly every state in this country, we Minnesotans witness, first hand, the damaging effects of our dysfunctional immigration policy. As bishop of the Minneapolis synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, I see families in our community being torn apart, children being denied what they need to thrive and employers struggling to find legal workers for their businesses.
S.744, which is expected to come up for a full Senate vote within days, is a good place to begin. But it is only the first step on the road to passing fair and compassionate immigration reform. This is the moment for Senate Republicans and Democrats alike to come together to pass S.744. This is also the time for bipartisan leadership in the House of Representatives to introduce similar – or even better – legislation. Minnesotans of all faiths stand behind immediate and just immigration reform.
You can read the entire op-ed by clicking the link above. Please show your support for the bishop and immigration reform by leaving a comment, promoting the piece through Facebook and other social media, and sending the link to your friends, colleagues, and family.
The Senate is on the brink of voting on S.744, so this is a critical moment for voices like the bishop’s to be heard. We’re grateful to her, and to the St. Paul Pioneer Press for helping her reach so many Minnesotans with a powerful testimony for immigration reform. Please speak up now through the LIRS Action Center!