Now!--A Moment to Choose for Life and Good
Shortly before the end of his life, Moses reminded Israel, "I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live." (Deuteronomy 30:19)
TODAY is a crucial day to STAND AND RAISE YOUR VOICE WITH AND FOR IMMIGRANTS!
Around the country, Disciples like those pictured above from Lynchburg, VA, Indianapolis, IN., Washington, DC, Greensboro, NC--and so many others--have been speaking publicly in faith, writing letters, making visits, calling legislators, and providing education for their congregations and communities in support of dreamers and other immigrants. Now TODAY, the Senate has reached a critical point in its debates around immigration, and Senators need to hear from YOU about what you feel and want! This is urgent, as nearly 20,000 dreamers have already lost protections.
THREE bills are anticipated to be discussed that relate to dreamers, as well as ONE that is unrelated to dreamers. Not every advocate group--and certainly not every Disciple!--stands in the same place regarding each bill. However, we share this guidance below as you follow your heart's decision to enact your values, and hopefully to:
CALL YOUR SENATORS TODAY at 202-224-3121!!
1. McCain-Coons, #1955, "The USA Act," is bi-partisan, PROTECTS MORE dreamers than any other bill, and includes a data-driven approach to accountable border security. Though it recommends $110 million more for enforcement, this is far less than any other bill being considered.
Our partners at United We Dream, Church World Service, Southern Border Communities Coalition, and many others are strongly
SUPPORTING this bill, as it seems to be the most positive of options for protecting immigrant dreamers, families, and TPS recipients.
*Also if it's helpful, please see below for a
sample script for your calls, offered by Church World Service partners:
"I am your constituent from [CITY/TOWN] and [as a person of faith], as the Senate debates a solution for Dreamers, I strongly urge you to REJECT Senator Grassley's amendment #1959, Senator Schumer's amendment #1958, and Senator Toomey's amendment #1948, and to instead SUPPORT Senator Coons' amendment #1955.
Support Coons #1955, the USA Act, which is narrowly tailored to protect as many dreamers as possible and includes a data-driven approach to accountable border security.
This is urgent, as more than 19,000 DACA recipients have lost their protection and hundreds of thousands will if congress fails to act. My community welcomes immigrants, and I call on you to reflect the best of America's values by taking a stand to protect dreamers and preserve family unity."
For advocacy questions, contact: R
ev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea, Director, Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries, firstname.lastname@example.org,
and select "Refugee & Immigration Ministries."
Thanks for raising your voice and values of faith to support immigrants and refugees, and for answering the call to "open your mouths to defend the rights...of the needy." (Proverbs 31:8)
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