By John Mark Boes
This summer has proven to be a critical moment in the quest for immigration reform in the United States. Gut wrenching images of children separated from their families at the border have filled news stories and our social media timelines. Moreover, the recent claim that some families are ineligible for reunification should be a direct affront to Jesus’ gospel message of hope. To read more on CBF Advocacy’s emphasis on Immigration reform, read Stephen Reeves’ post on the CBF Blog. Now is the time to embrace the call of God in Micah to “do justice.”
CBF Advocacy calls on advocates within the fellowship to schedule an in-person meeting with members of congress during the current August recess to stress the need for immigration reform. With legislators in district, access to your elected official is much easier. Further, combine your advocacy efforts with other fellow church members or even other churches in your neighborhood to magnify your voices. To find your Senators and Representative, click here. If you cannot visit your elected official in person, please call their office to advocate for immigration reform. For tips on a good advocacy visit, you can check out CBF Advocacy’s Tips for a Good Advocacy Visit.
CBF Advocacy encourages advocates to emphasize the following three points:
Express concern/outrage over the Trump Administration’s Zero Tolerance and Family Separation policy. Ask your elected official to continue to fight for reunification of all families separated by our government’s actions, including those whose parents have already been deported or are otherwise deemed “ineligible”.
Demand action for Dreamers through support of a clean DREAM Act.
Call for a permanent solution for Immigration reform through legislative action. Recently, CBF Advocacy released Values and Principles for Immigration Reform. Feel free to use this resource and share the broad consensus that exists amongst Faith groups for Immigration reform.
The scriptural call to love the immigrant as yourself is clear. It is up to the kingdom of God on Earth to protect these vulnerable communities.