When someone at the White House quotes an LIRS position word-for-word, I begin to feel that our message on immigration reform is sinking in.
So when I read “Faith Leaders Welcome President Obama’s Proposal for Common Sense Immigration Reform” on the White House blog, I wanted to share it with you.
The piece offers two direct quotes from stances we released in “LIRS Welcomes President Obama’s Call for Congress to Act Now for Fair Immigration Reform.”
LIRS and Lutherans all across this country will be lifting up our voices and engaging lawmakers from both parties to answer the president’s call for fair and compassionate immigration reform that is both business and family friendly.”
We look forward to standing with President Obama this year as he signs a fair and just immigration reform bill into law—one that provides a roadmap to citizenship, ensures enforcement measures are humane and just, protects families from separation, promotes integration of vulnerable migrants, and protects U.S. and migrant workers.
Just the day before, we had sent out a similar message in “LIRS Welcomes New Bipartisan Immigration Framework, Awaits Obama Speech.” In both releases, we set forth the LIRS position on immigration reform. Specifically, we said that it should reflect American values by:
- Providing a roadmap to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and their families
- Ensuring humane and just immigration enforcement, specifically by reducing use of detention
- Safeguarding families from separation and ensuring sufficient visas for families seeking to reunite
- Promoting integration of those fleeing persecution and of other vulnerable migrants
- Protecting U.S. citizen and migrant workers
It’s heartening to have our positions lifted up by the White House, and I appreciate that we’re quoted in the company of so many amazing and hard-working faith-based organizations.
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