“They took my dad, and we didn’t hear from him for weeks. After being detained for a month in various detention centers, we heard from him for the first time. He had been deported and sent back to Mexico with no explanation. That was the worst year of my life.”
Last week, President Obama announced his decision to delay the review of the Department of Homeland Security’s enforcement activities until the end of August, calling on Congress to pass legislation before the end of the summer. As you know, it is up to the House of Representatives to pass meaningful and compassionate reform after the Senate passed its comprehensive bill last summer.
Here at LIRS, we continue to call for both administrative and legislative action. The Administration should exercise its authority to enforce our immigration laws more humanely. The House of Representatives must also pass legislative reform that includes an earned roadmap to citizenship, humane enforcement of immigration laws, and protects families, workers and other vulnerable migrants. We hope both President Obama and Congress will join us in ensuring changes to our current immigration system that treat all newcomers with love and compassion.
Like Rubi, our families, communities and congregations feel the impact of our broken immigration system every day. Please join us in telling the President and Members of Congress that the faith community stands with them for fair and compassionate immigration policies that welcome the stranger. You can take action online through the LIRS Action Center or call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
Thank you for joining us in standing for welcome.