Immigration Reform - It is time to get started!

May 27, 2009

Congress and President Obama have committed to fixing the present broken immigration system. The issues involved in comprehensive immigration reform are complex and there is a great deal of misinformation about immigrants and their role in today’s America. According to recent estimates by the Pew Hispanic Center, there are as many as 10-11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the United States of which two to three million are children.

The Episcopal Church, through the resolutions passed at General Convention and Executive Council, has committed to working to reform a system that separates families, spreads fear and keeps millions living in the shadows.

Immigration reform will help us in our churches across the country. Many of our congregtions are growing because of immigrants. Others have welcomed immigrants and now see daily the challenges such as separation of parents and children that they face. There are currently 301 Latino/Hispanic congregations among the Episcopal Church's approximately 7,200 congregations. Our churches are also constituted by immigrants and refugees from many corners of the world including Sudan, Korea, Liberia, Vietnam, Haiti, Philippines, Taiwan, and Laos. We are blessed by their presence and the many gifts they bring. Comprehensive immigration reform is good for immigrants, good for our church and other faith communities.

Write your Members of Congress asking them to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year. With the President, the Congress, business and labor groups all now recognizing the need to act, it is time to move forward.

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