The faith-based organizations that make up the Interfaith Immigration Coalition represent millions of Americans from across political and theological spectrums who support humane and effective immigration reform. Moved by their respective faiths, many of the organizations in this diverse coalition provide direct services to immigrants from throughout the world. This dedication to faith and service uniquely qualifies them to understand the need for humane immigration reform, and the necessity of implementing new policies that welcome the stranger.
Last month, more than twenty faith organizations from the Coalition united to send one letter every day to Congress in opposition to the SAVE Act (H.R. 4088). Essentially, you have heard what we oppose. Beginning with this letter, we want to tell you what we support.
There is currently before Congress legislation that would:
recapture and use visas for families that have been waiting to enter the United States (H.R. 5882),
restore judicial discretion concerning the well-being of child citizens whose parents are scheduled for deportation (H.R. 1176),
develop a border-protection strategy that balances border security with the protection of federal laws concerning the environment and religious freedom (H.R. 2593),
expand English-learning programs to help communities integrate immigrants and to strengthen the workforce, and,
ensure minimal standards of medical treatment for asylum seekers and other immigrants in detention facilities (H.R. 5950).
These necessary pieces of legislation deserve your support and will indicate to the American public that immigration is an important issue that justifies something more than slogans or political platitudes. The solution to our broken immigration system must include visa reform; a commitment to family unity; labor protection for all; enforcement mechanisms that are humane; and a process by which undocumented immigrants can earn their legal status upon satisfaction of reasonable criteria.
We urge you to take the leadership necessary to enact humane and effective immigration reform. The above mentioned pieces of legislation are common sense first steps to reforming our broken immigration system, and we urge you to co-sponsor and support them.
American Jewish Committee
Casa de Esperanza
Church World Service, Immigration and Refugee Program
The Episcopal Church
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
Hindu American Foundation
Hispanic Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Irish Apostolate USA
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
Mennonite Central Committee, U.S. Washington Office
National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Standing for Truth Foundation
Union for Reform Judaism
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries
United Methodist Church, General Commission on Religion and Race
United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society