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Hopes Mount That Pope Francis’ Visit Can Tone Down Anti-Immigrant Political Rhetoric

Written by on September 1, 2015 in Elections, Faith with 1 Comment
Hopes Mount That Pope Francis’ Visit Can Tone Down Anti-Immigrant Political Rhetoric

A change in topic is desperately needed right now in the political and policy debate over immigration. The most recent public discussions on how to reform immigration—led in large part by the leading candidates vying for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination—range from impractical and incomplete to downright cruel and nasty. Many, however, are looking to […]

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Faith Leaders Visit Immigrant Detention Center as Mothers Begin Hunger Strike

Written by on March 31, 2015 in Detention, Faith, Family with 1 Comment
Faith Leaders Visit Immigrant Detention Center as Mothers Begin Hunger Strike

Faith leaders from around the country visited the Dilley family detention center in Texas just days before mothers in the Karnes detention facility, another Texas family detention center located less than 100 miles from Dilley, began a hunger strike. Shortly after their visit last week, the clerics declared family detention to be “inhumane and harmful […]

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Pope Should Remind Congress That Values Matter in Immigration Debate

Written by on February 10, 2015 in Congress, Faith with 0 Comments
Pope Should Remind Congress That Values Matter in Immigration Debate

House Speaker John Boehner recently announced that Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to address a joint session of Congress during his first visit to the U.S. later this year. While we do not know if the Pope will share his views on U.S. immigration policy, if he does, it won’t be the first time […]

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With Immigration Reform in Limbo, Churches Offer Sanctuary

Written by on October 31, 2014 in Deportation, Faith, Undocumented Immigration with 0 Comments
With Immigration Reform in Limbo, Churches Offer Sanctuary

Immigration reform legislation remains stalled in Congress, and the Obama administration has yet to announce what executive actions the president will take on immigration after the election. In response to the lack of reform, churches across the country are sheltering undocumented immigrants who face imminent deportation by providing them with sanctuary. Arturo Hernandez Garcia is […]

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Over 100 Faith Leaders Arrested in Protest Against Record Deportations

Written by on August 1, 2014 in Deportation, Faith with 10 Comments
Over 100 Faith Leaders Arrested in Protest Against Record Deportations

Nuns, pastors, rabbis and other faith leaders were arrested outside the White House on Thursday in a massive act of civil disobedience to press the Obama administration to end the 1,100 deportations that occur every day. “Too many families have been separated. Too many tears have been shed because of our unjust laws,” Reverend John […]

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Faith Leaders and Groups Make the Moral Case for Immigration Reform

Written by on April 2, 2014 in Border, Congress, Faith, Family with 0 Comments
Faith Leaders and Groups Make the Moral Case for Immigration Reform

There is an increasing number of people and groups of faith across the country pressing for humane immigration policies. In spite of the legislative standstill immigration reform is facing on Capitol Hill, the faith community continues to lift up the need for immigration reform through various events across the country including the ongoing Fast for Families […]

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As Congress Looks to Next Year, Activists Keep Immigration Reform Alive

As Congress Looks to Next Year, Activists Keep Immigration Reform Alive

Congress takes a holiday break at the end of this week and won’t return from recess until January. This pause in the legislative calendar, however, has little meaning for immigration activists who are continuing to push Congress to act on immigration reform. While the timetable may be changing, the commitment to work for reform has […]

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‘Fast 4 Families’ Moves to Next Phase as New Fasters Take the Mantle

‘Fast 4 Families’ Moves to Next Phase as New Fasters Take the Mantle

On the National Mall today, the four core fasters leading the “Fast 4 Families” ordained new fasters and ended their 22-day, water-only fast. Members of Congress, the faith community and civil and immigrant rights groups turned out to witness the four fasters passing the baton over to others who will continue the fast until House […]

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Faith Groups Make The Religious Argument For Immigration Reform

Faith Groups Make The Religious Argument For Immigration Reform

As the focus on immigration reform turns to the House of Representatives, faith leaders continue to push for members of Congress to support a comprehensive measure to improve immigration policies. In late May, evangelical groups launched a $250,000 national ad campaign that featured pastors urging people to support congressional immigration reform efforts. And after the […]

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Business and Religious Leaders Come Together to Champion Immigration Reform

Business and Religious Leaders Come Together to Champion Immigration Reform

Immigration reform is an undertaking of such importance that it should transcend partisanship. That was the fundamental message of the business and religious leaders who gathered together yesterday at a press conference organized by the National Immigration Forum. The press conference was part of a campaign called Forging a New Consensus on Immigrants and America, […]

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