Good news! The Washington Post has published a powerful op-ed by Rev. Michael Wilker supporting fair and compassionate immigration reform.
Rev. Wilker serves as senior pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Church of the Reformation in Washington, D.C. In his August 5 piece for the Post’s On Faith section, “Time for Evangelical Action on Immigration,” he writes:
The House is taking a piecemeal approach to reform, one that stands in disgraceful contrast to the comprehensive reform bill, S.744, passed by the Senate last month.To pick just one example, the House Committee on the Judiciary recently passed H.R. 2278, which has been hypocritically labeled the “SAFE” Act. This bill would expand the role of state and local law enforcement in immigration enforcement and would widen immigration detention, including detention of torture survivors, asylum seekers, and other vulnerable groups seeking protection. The bill is one of several that House members are putting forward in a transparent effort to stymie real reform.
You can read the entire piece by clicking the link in the headline above. Please show your support for Rev. Wilker by leaving a positive comment, promoting the piece through Facebook and other social media, and sending the link to your friends, colleagues, and family. It’s worth noting that there are already almost 4,500 Facebook Likes and over 100 comments, which makes this an op-ed with incredible reach.
Meanwhile, an uphill battle awaits us in the House of Representatives. This August is a critical time for many more voices to speak up in the way that Rev. Wilker has! We’re thankful for his leadership on immigration and refugee issues. We’re also grateful to the The Post for publishing his op-ed.
I’m asking you to take action today. Please take a moment now to raise your own voice for fair immigration reform by using the LIRS Action Center. Also, please don’t forget to sign up to receive alerts from this blog, and check out our new Immigration Reform Mythbuster. Lastly, thank you for all that you do to Stand for Welcome!