Immigration

					     rat
Immig ion
through
  the
  Lens of Faith




    A Toolkit for Prayer
       and Action




     Interfaith Worker Justice
           Contents

           

           

     I.        Introduction

           

           

    II.        Interfaith
Worker
Justice
Statement
of
Principles
on
Immigration
Issues

           


    III.       Debunking
Immigration
Myths

           


    IV.        Take
Action

               A. Take
Action
In
Your
Congregation

                  • Open
Letter
Condemning
Arizona’s
Unjust
Immigration
Law

                  • How
To
Plan
a
Prayer
Vigil

               B. Take
Action
In
Your
Community

                  • Organizing
a
Delegation
to
Your
Member
of
Congress

      

      

    V.         Worship
/
Prayer
Resources

               A.

 A
Prayer
for
Immigrant
Justice

               B.
 
Remember
the
Immigrant


               C.

 Celebrating
Immigrants:
An
Interfaith
Service


               D.

 Immigration
Bible
Study
and
Prayer

       

       

    VI.        Additional
Resources

               A. Immigrants
in
Scripture

               B. What
Faith
Groups
Say
About
Immigration
Reform

               C. Recommended
Reading



Introduction



    When
an
alien
resides
with
you
in
your
land,
        as
they
face
declines
in
tax
revenue
caused
by
the

    you
shall
not
oppress
the
alien.
The
alien
          recession,
and
youth
are
facing
bleak
prospects
for

    who
resides
with
you
shall
be
to
you
as
the
         work
with
long
term
unemployment
soaring.


    citizen
among
you;
you
shall
love
the
alien
         

    as
yourself,
for
you
were
aliens
in
the
land
        Many
who
are
hurt
and
frustrated
by
the
economic

    of
Egypt:
I
am
the
Lord
your
God.

                  crisis
are
scapegoating
immigrants,
as
are
some

                               Leviticus
19:
33‐34
      political
leaders
seeking
to
increase
support
by

                           
                             appearing
tough
on
illegal
immigration.
This
is

On
July
1,
2010
President
Obama
called
on
members
       unfortunately
not
new
in
our
history.
Throughout

of
Congress
to
show
the
courage
to
pass
                 the
colonial
and
national
history
of
the
American

comprehensive
immigration
reform.
He
                    nation,
different
groups
have
been
singled
out
as

acknowledged
that
the
country
has
become
deeply
         detrimental
to
the
dominant
culture
and
as
threats

divided
on
this
issue,
and
that
the
vacuum
created
      to
the
jobs
of
the
native
born.
Germans,
Irish,

by
lack
of
federal
action
has
resulted
in
misguided
     African
Americans,
Jews,
Chinese,
Japanese,
Puerto

attempts
by
states
and
cities
to
override
federal
law
   Ricans,
Arabs
and
Muslims
have
been
so
stigmatized,

and
“get
tough”
on
people
who
live
and
work
in
the
      while
today
Mexicans
and
other
Latinos
bear
the

U.S.
without
legal
documentation.


                     brunt
of
racist
and
anti‐immigrant
animus.




                                                        

There
is
no
denying
that
the
immigration
system
in
      As
people
of
faith,
we
are
deeply
concerned
by
the

the
U.S.
is
broken.
More
than
11
million
                passage
of
SB1070
in
Arizona.
The
law
puts
Arizona

undocumented
people
are
living
here,
including
          at
the
center
of
the
immigration
debate
in
the

children
raised
as
Americans
and
workers
who
have
       United
States,
a
debate
about
what
kind
of
country

become
an
integral
part
of
the
U.S.
economy.
            we
want
to
be.



Without
legal
status
immigrant
workers
are
victims
      

of
every
kind
of
labor
abuse
and
cannot
protect
their
   Under
SB1070,
Arizona
police
officers
are
required

rights
without
fear
of
deportation.

The
continuation
   to
stop
anyone
they
have
“a
reasonable
suspicion”
is

of
a
debased
class
of
workers,
whom
employers
can
       in
the
country
illegally,
ask
for
their
documents,
and

and
do
underpay,
overwork,
and
violate
their
legal
      arrest
and
move
towards
deportation
those
who

rights,
contributes
to
a
downward
push
on
wages
         cannot
prove
their
legal
status.

If
a
person
drives
a

and
working
conditions
for
all
workers
in
the
United
    neighbor
who
cannot
prove
immigration
status
to

States.
                                                 church
or
to
a
doctor’s
appointment,
he
or
she
can


                                                        be
arrested
for
committing
a
criminal
misdemeanor.

With
official
unemployment
hovering
near
ten
            Victims
of
crime
who
are
undocumented
would

percent,
families
and
communities
throughout
the
        certainly
stop
calling
the
police
and
legal
residents

U.S.
are
facing
a
jobs
crisis
more
severe
than
          and
citizens
who
have
undocumented
friends
or

anything
that
has
been
seen
since
the
Great
             family
members
would
hesitate
to
report
serious

Depression.
The
crisis
was
the
direct
result
of
         crimes
as
well.
Public
safety,
tolerance
and

decisions
and
policies
of
banks
and
investors,
whom
     neighborliness
would
all
be
compromised.
Many
in

the
government
allowed
to
push
sub‐prime
                the
law
enforcement
community
in
Arizona
have

mortgages
and
take
incredible
risks
with
our
money
      voiced
opposition,
including
some
who
have
said

without
an
effective
system
of
regulations.
The
         they
would
not
comply
with
the
law.
The
law
has

banks
were
bailed
out,
while
millions
of
workers
        created
enormous
division
throughout
the
nation,

were
left
unemployed
or
underemployed.
                  with
many
calling
for
a
boycott
of
the
state.
The
U.S.

Communities
are
reeling
as
millions
face
foreclosure
    Department
of
Justice
has
filed
a
lawsuit
against
the

or
have
already
lost
their
homes,
state
and
local
       law
for
illegally
preempting
the
federal

governments
are
unable
to
continue
basic
services
       government’s
responsibility
over
immigration.



                                                          workers.
Children
must
not
be
separated
from
their

The
issues
here
are
not
isolated
to
Arizona.
As
of
July
   parents,
nor
should
spouses
be
torn
apart
by
the

2010,
twenty
other
states
were
considering
similar
        lack
of
a
credible
system
of
legal
immigration.
At
the

legislation,
as
were
counties
and
municipalities
          same
time,
the
government
must
help
create
and

throughout
the
nation.
                                    sustain
good
jobs
that
allow
workers
to
support
their



                                                         families
and
live
in
dignity.

Interfaith
Worker
Justice
stands
in
opposition
to
         

Arizona
SB1070
and
attempts
to
use
fear
of
                Comprehensive
immigration
reform
is
the
path
to
a

immigrants
to
promote
hatred
and
racism
                   system
of
laws
with
justice.
It
is
a
response
that
is

throughout
the
nation.
IWJ
calls
for
real
solutions
to
    pragmatic
and
can
help
workers,
families
and

the
problems
in
Arizona
and
the
rest
of
the
country
       communities
recover
from
the
economic
storms.

that
have
generated
support
for
SB1070
and
copycat
        Most
importantly,
it
is
the
right
and
moral

efforts
in
other
states.

                                 alternative
for
our
nation.


                                                          

The
time
to
reform
our
broken
immigration
system
          Interfaith
Worker
Justice
has
created
this
action

is
now.
Undocumented
immigrants
must
be
                   toolkit
for
people
of
faith
and
conscience
to
stand

provided
a
path
to
legalization,
so
that
those
who
        together
in
opposition
to
Arizona’s
law
and
other

have
lived,
worked
and
paid
taxes
in
the
U.S.
for
         misguided
approaches,
and
in
solidarity
with

years
can
come
out
of
the
shadows
and
live
without
        immigrants
and
all
working
people.
It
includes

fear.
All
labor
and
employment
laws
must
be
strictly
      resources
for
congregations
and
worker
advocates

enforced,
to
stop
the
incentive
of
employers
to
use
       to
raise
prophetic
voices
and
call
for
a
future
of

immigrant
workers
to
depress
standards
for
all
U.S.
       hope,
tolerance
and
shared
prosperity.


Reform
Our
Immigration
System

and
Protect
All
Workers
                                                        

Interfaith
Worker
Justice
affirms
that
all
workers
             Government
agencies
that
enforce
labor

must
be
honored
and
treated
with
dignity
and
                    laws
must
maintain
an
unbreakable
firewall

justice.
When
we
allow
immigrant
workers
to
be
                  with
the
Immigration
and
Customs

exploited,
we
lower
the
standards
for
all
workers,
              Enforcement
agency
(ICE).

native
born
and
immigrant,
current
and
future.

As
     There
is
a
Memorandum
of
Understanding
(MOU)

people
of
faith,
we
recognize
and
honor
the
social
     between
ICE
and
the
U.S.
Department
of
Labor
that

and
economic
contributions
made
by
immigrant
           theoretically
protects
undocumented
workers
who

workers,
regardless
of
their
national
origin
or
        file
complaints
about
labor
abuses
from
being

immigration
status.
Our
immigration
system
is
          subject
to
immigration
enforcement
actions
while

broken—workers
are
exploited
and
families
are
          these
abuses
are
investigated.
However,
ICE

being
separated
—and
we
all
suffer
as
a
result.


      investigations
and
workplace
raids
have
all
too


                                                       routinely
occurred
after
workers
come
forward
to

We
know
that
people
of
good
will
have
different
        report
wage
theft,
child
labor,
health
and
safety

views,
and
that
some
feel
that
undocumented
            violations,
and
discrimination,
or
during
union

immigrants
take
jobs
and
resources
from
those
who
      organizing
campaigns.
The
firewall
must
be

were
born
in
this
country
or
have
become
legal
         strengthened,
publicized
and
enforced.

residents
or
citizens.
But
we
decry
that
the
debate
    

has
become
racialized,
and
that
immigrants
are
               A
fair
and
reasonable
process
to
regularize

stigmatized
and
blamed
for
economic
problems
that
               the
status
of
the
millions
of
undocumented

greed,
unregulated
markets,
and
the
lack
of
                     immigrants
in
the
United
States
must
be

coherent
government
jobs
policies
have
created.
                 created.


Reforming
our
immigration
laws
and
their
               Immigrants
who
have
lived
and
worked
in
the
U.S.,

enforcement
is
morally
imperative
and
fundamental
      contributing
to
the
economic,
cultural
and
social

to
restoring
justice
and
equity
in
the
workplace
and
   fabric
of
our
communities,
must
be
provided
with
a

the
community.


                                       process
to
achieve
legal
status
and
come
out
of
the


                                                       shadows.

We
must
also
understand
that
migration
occurs
in
       

the
context
of
a
global
economy,
and
that
we
must
            A
system
to
determine
the
issuance
of
visas

understand
and
address
U.S.
trade
and
foreign
                   for
workers
must
be
based
on
the
needs
of

policies
that
can
weaken
the
economies
of
other
                 the
American
economy
at
any
given
time,

countries
and
increase
migration.
We
call
on
our
                without
regard
to
race,
ethnicity,
or
country

political,
business,
religious,
and
labor
leaders
to
            of
origin.

maintain
civility
and
respect
in
the
debates
over
      The
current
system
sets
arbitrary
numbers
of
visas
to

comprehensive
immigration
reform
and
uphold
            be
issued
each
year,
with
quotas
based
on
country
of

these
principles:
                                      origin.


                                                                               

      Labor
and
employment
laws
must
be
                You
shall
not
wrong
a
stranger
or
oppress
him,

         vigorously
enforced
for
all
workers.
            for
you
were
strangers
in
the
land
of
Egypt.


Immigrants
who
live
in
the
shadows
for
fear
of

                                                                          Exodus
22:21

detention
and
deportation
often
do
not
come

                                                        

forward
to
complain
about
stolen
wages,
unsafe

                                                        Principles
affirmed
at
December
2009
Interfaith

workplaces,
illegal
union‐busting,
or
discriminatory

                                                        Worker
Justice
Board
Meeting.

practices.
All
workers
suffer
when
these
abuses
go

unchecked.

Debunking
Immigration
Myths



Myth:
Immigrants
don’t
pay
taxes.
                                  immigrants
or
native‐born
Americans
of
the
same


                                                                   income
level.
Low‐income
families
generally
get
back

Most
immigrants,
whether
documented
or
not,
pay
                    money
from
their
federal
income
tax
returns,

taxes
like
everyone
else:
                                          because
of
the
Earned
Income
Tax
Credit.


                                                                   Undocumented
immigrants
are
not
eligible
for
this

Payroll
taxes.
Many
undocumented
workers
have
                      tax
credit.

payroll
taxes—Social
Security
and
Medicare—                         

withheld
by
their
employers,
even
though
                           A
2006
study
conducted
by
Texas
State
Comptroller

undocumented
workers
will
not
receive
any
benefits
                 Carole
Keeton
Strayhorn,
a
Republican,
concluded

from
these
programs.
In
2003,
the
government
                       that
undocumented
immigrants
generated
$1.58

collected
an
estimated
$7
billion
in
Social
Security
               billion
in
state
revenues,
and
received
only
$1.16

taxes
from
7.5
million
workers
and
their
employers
                 billion
in
state
services.
The
report
also
found
that

in
which
the
Social
Security
numbers
did
not
match
                 “the
absence
of
the
estimated
1.4
million

the
taxpayer
identification
number.
This
dollar
                    undocumented
immigrants
in
Texas
in
fiscal
2005

amount
has
more
than
tripled
in
the
last
decade.1
                  would
have
been
a
loss
to
our
gross
state
product
of


                                                                   $17.7
billion.”3


Sales
tax.
Undocumented
immigrants
pay
sales
tax
                   

when
they
shop,
just
like
everyone
else.
                           Myth:
Immigrants
take
American
jobs.


                                                                   

Property
tax.
Whether
they
rent
or
own
homes,
                      According
to
a
2007
report
by
the
President’s

undocumented
immigrants
pay
property
tax.
                          Council
of
Economic
Advisers,
“immigrants
not
only

Homeowners
pay
the
tax
directly,
but
renters
pay
                   help
fuel
the
Nation’s
economic
growth,
but
also

property
taxes
indirectly,
since
landlords
set
rents
at
            have
an
overall
positive
effect
on
the
income
of

rates
that
allow
them
to
pay
taxes
on
their
rental
                 native‐born
workers.”4

units.
                                                             


                                                                   The
conservative
Alexis
de
Tocqueville
Institution

Myth:
Immigrants
take
more
in
government
                           released
a
report
that
concluded
that
immigrants

services
than
they
pay
for
in
taxes.
                               "create
at
least
as
many
jobs
as
they
take."5

They
do


                                                                   "take"
jobs,
but
they
also
buy
goods
and
services,

A
large
body
of
evidence
concludes
that
                            thus
creating
more
jobs
and
contributing
to
overall

undocumented
immigrants
are
net
contributors
to
                    economic
growth.
the
U.S.
economy,
providing
much
more
in
taxes

paid
and
work
provided
than
they
receive
in
public
                 If
undocumented
immigrants
sometimes
bring
down

benefits.
A
recent
paper
of
the
National
Immigration
               wages
(this
is
minimal,
and
mostly
in
low‐skill,
low‐
Law
Center,
“Paying
Their
Way
and
Then
Some,”2
                     wage
jobs),
it
is
primarily
because
of
the
fact
that

reviews
studies
from
disparate
sources
that

reinforce
this
conclusion.
                                         3
Carole
Keeton
Strayhorn,
Texas
Comptroller,
Special
Report:


                                                                   Undocumented
Immigrants
in
Texas:
A
Financial
Analysis
of
the

Undocumented
immigrants
probably
pay
more
in
                       Impact
to
the
State
Budget
and
Economy.
Austin,
TX:
December

taxes
per
person
than
people
who
are
legal
                         2006,
p.
1.

                                                                    4
President’s
Council
of
Economic
Advisors,
“Immigration’s


                                                                    Economic
Impact”
2007,
http://georgewbush‐
1
 
Jane
Guskin
and
David
Wilson.
The
Politics
of
Immigration,
The
   whitehouse.archives.gov/cea/cea_immigration_062007.html

Monthly
Review
Press,
March
2007
                                   5
Richard
Vedder,
Lowell
Gallaway,
and
Stephen
Moore,

2
National
Immigration
Law
Center,
“Paying
Their
Way
and
Then
      “Immigration
and
Unemployment:
New
Evidence,”
Alexis
de

Some:
Facts
About
the
Contributions
of
Immigrants
to
Economic
      Tocqueville
Institution,
Arlington,
VA
(Mar.
1994)
See
also:

Growth
and
Public
Investment,”
September,
2006.
Contact
Tyler
      Richard
Vedder,
"Immigration
Doesn't
Displace
Natives,"
Wall

Moran,
moran@nilc.org
for
a
copy
of
this
study.
                    Street
Journal,
March
28,
1994,
p.
A12

they
lack
legal
status
–
these
workers
are
exploited
            Every
major
piece
of
immigration
reform
of
the
last

and
constantly
threatened
with
the
possibility
of
               few
decades
was
passed
in
an
election
year,9

deportation.
They
are
thus
forced
to
put
up
with
low
            including:

pay
and
poor
conditions.
Most
studies
show
that

legalization
would
raise
wages
in
these
types
of
jobs,
              •    Refugee
Act
of
1980
‐
established
a
system

because
workers
could
organize
for
better
pay
and
                        for
humanitarian
protection
and
refugee
and

employers
could
not
scare
immigrants
into
accepting
                      asylum
admissions.


poor
wages
and
conditions.
                                          •    Immigration
Reform
and
Control
Act
of
1986

                                                                          ‐
made
it
illegal
to
hire
undocumented

Myth:
Immigrants
don’t
want
to
learn
English
                             immigrants,
gave
amnesty
to
2.7
million

or
become
Americans.

                                                    undocumented
immigrants.


                                                                     •    Immigration
Act
of
1990
‐
increased
the

Within
10
years
of
arrival,
more
than
seventy‐five
                       number
of
visas
given
to
highly
skilled

percent
of
immigrants
speak
English
well.
Ninety‐                         workers.


one
percent
of
second
generation
immigrants
are
                     •    Illegal
Immigration
Reform
and
Immigrant

fluent
or
near
fluent
English
speakers.

By
the
third
                    Responsibility
Act
of
1996
‐
charged

generation,
ninety‐seven
percent
speak
English
                           immigration
agencies
with
implementing

fluently
or
near
fluently.6

                                             new
law
enforcement
mandates.



Myth:
There
are
many
more
immigrants
today
                      Many
of
these
bills
were
controversial
and
came

than
there
were
one
hundred
years
ago.

                         together
at
the
last
minute.
The
public
outrage
over

                                                                 SB1070
in
Arizona
and
President
Obama’s
July
1,

                                                                 2010
commitment
to
comprehensive
immigration

The
portion
of
the
U.S.
population
that
was
born
in

                                                                 reform
may
provide
an
opening
for
real
reform
to

another
country
in
2002
was
about
eleven
and
a
half

                                                                 pass.
But
only
if
we
act!

percent;
in
the
early
twentieth
century,
it
was

approximately
fifteen
percent.7
                                                                


Myth:
Most
immigrants
cross
the
border

illegally.



Approximately
seventy‐five
percent
of
today’s

immigrants
have
legal
permanent
visas;
of
the

twenty‐five
percent
that
are
undocumented,
forty

percent
overstayed
temporary
visas.8


Myth:
Immigration
reform
cannot
happen
in
an

election
year.



6
Shirin
Hakimzadeh
and
D’Vera
Cohn,
“English
Usage
Among


Hispanics
in
the
United
States,”
Pew
Hispanic
Forum,
Dec.
6,

2007.
http://pewhispanic.org/reports/report.php?ReportID=82;

Janet
Murguia
and
Cecilia
Muñoz,
“From
Immigrant
to
Citizen,”

The
American
Prospect
(Oct.
23,
2005),

http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?articleId=10487,
American

Immigration
Lawyers
Association,
Myths
&
Facts
in
the

Immigration
Debate",
8/14/03

7
http://www.census.gov/prod/2002pubs/censr‐4.pdf
               9
Meissner,
Doris.
“5
Myths
about
Immigration.”
Washington

8
Department
of
Homeland
Security
                               Post,
May
2,
2010

http://uscis.gov/graphics/shared/statistics/index.htm
           

Take
Action
in
Your
Congregation



Congregations
are
poised
to
play
a
critical
role
in
             education
class
or
book
club.

Appropriate

creating
just
and
compassionate
immigration
                     books
are
included
at
the
end
of
this
toolkit.


policies
in
the
nation.
Immigrants
are
integral
parts
           

of
congregational
life.
Immigrants
are
reviving
older,
       2. Organize
an
immigration
reform
forum
in

dying
congregations
with
new
immigrant
members
                  your
congregation
inviting
experts
from

and
vibrant
traditions.
Immigrants
are
starting
new
             local
immigrant
rights
organizations,

congregations
in
hundreds
of
communities.
                       universities
and
workers
centers
to

Immigrants
are
adding
diversity
and
vitality
to
                 participate.


Catholic,
Protestant,
Jewish,
Muslim,
Hindu
and
                 

Buddhist
faith
traditions.
Given
the
core
values
of

welcoming
immigrants
and
loving
our
neighbors
as
             3. Plan
or
participate
in
an
educational

ourselves,
it
is
appropriate
that
congregations
play
            immersion
program
to
the
border.


For

significant
roles
in
advocating
just
comprehensive
              more
information,
contact
Border
Links
at

immigration
reform.
Each
congregation
can
make
a
                www.borderlinks.org.


difference.
Here
are
some
suggestions
for
your
           

congregation
to
advocate
just
immigration
reform:
                


                                                         
Put
Your
Faith
into
Action:

Advocate
just
and

Pray
and
Worship:

Lift
up
immigrants
and
                comprehensive
immigration
reform.
 

                                                          

immigration
reform.
                                                       


                                                             1. Send
letters
and
emails
and
place
calls
to

     1. Use
ready‐made
prayer
and
worship
                        elected
leaders.
Set
aside
time
before,

         resources
such
as
the
2010
Prayer
for
                   between
or
after
services
to
assist
people
in

         Immigrants.
Several
of
these
are
included
in
            communicating
with
their
two
Senators
and

         this
toolkit.

                                          their
Congressional
representative.
Since

         
                                                        most
people
have
never
contacted
their

     2. Create
your
own
prayer
and
worship
                       elected
leaders
and
are
unfamiliar
with
how

         resources.
Please
be
sure
to
share
any
that
             to
do
it
(and
may
not
even
be
sure
who
their

         would
be
helpful
to
other
congregations.

               elected
leaders
are),
be
sure
to
have
all
the

         Send
to
cbrooke@iwj.org.
                                information
you
need
to
make
it
easy
for

         
                                                        people
to
participate.
For
example,
you

     3. Preach
about
your
faith
tradition’s
positions
            might
provide
sample
letters,
sample
emails,

         on
immigrants
and
immigration
reform.
                   and
sample
messages
for
calls.
Make
sure

         
                                                        you
have
paper,
pens,
computers,
phones
or

     4. Invite
an
immigrant
leader
to
speak
in
                   whatever
supplies
you
need.
If
your

         worship
or
before
or
after
service.


There
             congregation
has
members
from
more
than

         may
be
immigrants
within
your
congregation
              one
congressional
district,
make
sure
you

         who
could
share
their
stories
and
dreams.

              get
maps
of
the
districts
so
you
can
help

         Or,
consider
contacting
an
immigrant
rights
             people
know
who
their
representatives
are.

         organization
or
workers
center
to
find
an
                        

         eloquent
spokesperson
to
address
the
                2. Invite
your
Congressional
representative
to

         congregation.
                                           speak
at
your
congregation.


Invite
the


                                                                 representative
to
share
his
or
her
views
and

Education:
Learn
more
about
immigration
reform
                   answer
questions
on
comprehensive


                                                                 immigration
reform
to
an
adult
forum
at
the

     1. Read
a
book
about
immigrants
and
                         congregation.
Be
sure
to
prepare
some

         immigration
reform
as
part
of
an
adult
                  questions
for
the
representative.
For

   assistance
with
the
questions
and
                   community
events
advocating
just
and

   background
on
your
representative’s
                 comprehensive
immigration
reform.
Create

   position
on
comprehensive
immigration
               and
wear
congregational
t‐shirts.
Create
and

   reform,
contact
Ted
Smukler
at
                      carry
a
congregational
banner.
Participate,

   tsmukler@iwj.org.

If
you
live
in
a
state
with
      but
also
make
sure
you
are
visible.


   a
small
population
and/or
worship
in
a
very
                  

   large
congregation,
consider
inviting
a
          4. Get
congregants,
friends
and
family
to
sign

   Senator
as
well
to
address
the
congregants.
         an
open
letter
to
Barack
Obama,
Arizona

            
       
                                   Governor
Jan
Brewer,
and
members
of

3. Participate
in
community‐wide
rallies
and
           Congress.
(The
letter
immediately
follows
in

   activities.
Congregations
should
be
visible
in
      this
toolkit).

Open
Letter
to
President
Barack
Obama,
Arizona

Governor
Jan
Brewer,
and
Members
of
Congress

A
Petition
for
people
of
faith
and
conscience,
who
oppose
Arizona's
new
immigration
law,

SB1070.



We,
the
undersigned,
as
people
of
faith
and
conscience,
stand
in
opposition
to
Arizona
SB1070

and
attempts
to
use
fear
of
immigrants
to
promote
hatred
and
racism
throughout
the
nation.
We

further
call
for
real
solutions
to
the
problems
in
Arizona
and
throughout
the
nation
that
have

generated
support
for
SB1070
and
copycat
efforts
in
other
states:


1.
Comprehensive
Immigration
Reform
must
be
enacted
at
the
national
level,
to
help
those
who

have
lived,
worked
and
paid
taxes
in
this
country
for
years
to
come
out
of
the
shadows
and
have

a
path
to
legalization
and
citizenship,
and
to
protect
all
U.S.
residents,
native
born
and
immigrant

alike.


2.
National
legislation
must
create
and
sustain
good
jobs
in
sufficient
numbers
to
end
the
crisis
of

unemployment
and
underemployment.
We
define
good
jobs
as
those
that
provide
living
wages,

basic
benefits,
dignity
at
the
workplace,
and
the
right
to
organize
a
union
if
workers
so
choose.


3.
There
must
be
strict
enforcement
of
all
labor
and
employment
laws,
so
that
employers
cannot

use
the
vulnerability
of
undocumented
workers
to
drive
down
labor
standards
for
all
workers
in

the
U.S.






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 How to Plan a Prayer Vigil

A	
        prayer	vigil	can	give	powerful	expression	to	the	prophetic	voice	on	issues	facing	workers.	People	
        of	faith	can	stand	with	workers	and	lift	up	the	sacred	texts	of	their	faith	traditions,	offer	prayer,	
        reflection,	meditation	and	song	as	a	way	to	stand	in	solidarity	with	the	struggles	of	workers.

Prayer	vigils	also	communicate	to	public	officials,	the	business	community	and	others	the	concerns	of	
people	of	faith	for	worker	justice,	and	can	provide	a	moral	perspective	on	those	issues.

This	resource	is	designed	to	assist	you	in	planning	a	prayer	vigil	to	support	worker	justice.	The	focus	
can	be	prayer	for	workers	in	a	union	organizing	drive	or	contract	dispute,	prayer	for	employers	who	have	
stolen	wages	or	injured	workers,	prayer	for	public	officials	to	consider	a	public	policy	issue	that	will	
have	a	significant	impact	on	working	families,	or	prayer	to	bring	healing	and	reconnect	to	both	workers	
and	managers	or	an	entire	community.

The	key	to	any	successful	event	is	always	the	planning,	and	a	prayer	vigil	is	no	different.	As	you	begin	planning	
your	prayer	vigil	ask	the	following	questions:

What is the purpose of our prayer vigil?                            (important	if	you	expect	large	numbers)?		
 •	 Are	we	trying	to	bring	attention	to	a	specific	situa-        •	 Is	the	location	an	appropriate	size	for	your	event?		
    tion	to	illustrate	the	impact	of	a	larger	policy	issue?		    •	 If	the	venue	is	outdoors,	do	you	have	a	plan	for	
 •	 Are	we	trying	to	diffuse	a	hostile	employer/union	              inclement	weather?
    dispute?		
 •	 Are	we	attempting	to	reach	local	or	national	elected	       Coordination
    officials?		                                                 •	 Have	you	identified	faith	leaders	to	attend	the	event?		
 •	 Are	we	trying	to	highlight	the	local	impact	of	na-           •	 Is	there	someone	who	can	act	as	the	vigil	leader?		
    tional	legislation	or	public	policies?                       •	 Who	is	responsible	for	inviting	faith	and	other	com-
                                                                    munity	leaders	to	the	event?		
Who is our audience?                                             •	 Is	there	a	role	for	non-clergy	participation?		
 •	 Are	we	targeting	a	specific	employer	or	corporate	           •	 Have	you	been	inclusive	in	recruiting	participants,	
    structure?	                                                     including	age,	gender,	religious,	ethnic	and	denomi-
 •	 Are	we	attempting	to	engage	local	community	lead-               national	diversity?
    ers	and	elected	officials	in	a	worker	justice	struggle?		    •	 Will	there	be	music?	Who	will	lead	it?
 •	 Are	we	looking	for	community	support	for	a	spe-
    cific	issue?	                                               Logistics
 •	 Are	we	doing	this	alone	and	in	one	geographic	               •	 Do	you	have	sound	and	lighting	equipment	in	nec-
    location	or	are	we	coordinating	our	activities	with	            essary?		
    groups	in	other	communities?                                 •	 Do	you	have	banners	and	signs?	
                                                                 •	 Do	you	have	candles,	flowers	or	other	materials	for	
What do we want to see happen?                                      the	event?	
 •	 Do	we	want	contract	negotiations	to	resume?	                 •	 Is	there	a	printed	program?		
 •	 Do	we	want	health	and	safety	issues	addressed?		             •	 Do	you	need	songbooks?
 •	 Do	we	want	an	elected	official	to	publicly	support	          •	 Do	you	need	a	podium,	chairs	or	water?
    our	cause?                                                   •	 Have	you	assigned	someone	to	take	photos?
                                                                 •	 Do	you	need	translation?
Now	that	we	have	answered	these	basic	questions,	we	
can	start	working	on	the	logistics	for	the	prayer	vigil.        Press
                                                                 •	 Who	will	create	a	press	list?
Location                                                         •	 Who	will	write	the	press	release	and	make	follow-
 •	 Is	the	location	available	and	appropriate	for	your	             up	calls?		
    event?		
 •	 Is	there	parking	and/or	public	transportation?		            Promotion and Turnout
 •	 Is	is	handicapped	accessible?		                              •	 Do	you	have	a	flyer?		
 •	 Do	you	need	permits	to	use	the	space	(especially	            •	 Do	you	have	a	Facebook	event	page?
    common	for	city	and	other	government	spaces)?	               •	 Have	you	sent	out	an	e-mail	blast?
 •	 Is	there	electricity	and	sound	equipment	available	          •	 Have	you	sent	out	text	messages	to	increase	turnout?

                                       Interfaith Worker Justice • www.iwj.org
 Vigil Program
The	following	ideas	may	help	you	plan	your	vigil	program.    Music and Song
                                                             Music	can	bring	people	together	and	bolster	our	com-
Welcome and introduction                                     mitment	to	justice.	In	addition,	thepresence	of	music	
Have	your	key	speaker	or	vigil	leader	present	the	           makes	the	event	fun	and	creates	a	memorable	experi-
focus	of	the	prayer	vigil.	He	or	she	can	do	the	opening	     ence.	You	can	request	a	copy	of	IWJ’s	Rally	Song	Book,	
prayer	(or	introduce	the	person	who	does)	and	review	        which	contains	a	number	of	songs	appropriate	for	a	
the	vigil	program.	The	leader	can	review	the	purpose	        prayer	vigil.	Don’t	hesitate	to	invite	local	musicians,	
of	the	vigil	and	explain	why	people	of	faith	care	about	     church	ensembles	or	soloists	to	sing	at	your	event!	Use	
this	issue.	You	should	make	sure	to	consciously	refer	       music	and	songs	to	break	up	the	talking	heads.
to	those	affected	by	the	issue	and	why	this	vigil	is	
important	to	them.                                           Speakers
                                                             Often,	workers	facing	problems	are	the	principle	
Scripture and Sacred Texts                                   speakers	at	events.	Union	leaders	or	Central	Labor	
You	may	ask	people	to	read	relevant	text	related	to	         Council	leaders	may	also	be	primary	speakers.	Make	
worker	justice.	See	ww.iwj.org	for	suggestions.	It	is	       sure	you	don’t	have	too	many	speakers.
critical	to	place	the	issues	in	a	moral	framework	based	
on	the	teachings	of	our	faith	traditions.	Using	scrip-       The End
ture	and	sacred	texts	illustrates	the	moral	framework	       The	end	is	the	beginning!	Make	sure	to	thank	every-
of	worker	justice	and	builds	solidarity	with	workers	        one	who	attends	and	have	a	way	to	collect	names	and	
and	their	allies.                                            e-mails	to	keep	them	updated	on	the	issues,	including	
                                                             any	victories.	Distribute	any	educational	materials	
Reflection                                                   and	let	everyone	know	about	follow-up	activities	that	
Participants	who	share	reflections	from		scripture	and	      have	been	scheduled.	A	closing	prayer,	song	or	chant	
sacred	texts	provide	aframework	for	the	real-life	situa-     signals	that	the	event	has	concluded	and	allows	par-
tions	that	are	the	central	focus	of	the	prayer	vigil.	You	   ticipants	to	exit	feeling	uplifted.
can	invite	religious	leaders	to	offer	short	reflections	
on	the	text	or	on	the	situation.	                            If	you	have	questions	on	prayer	vigils	contact	Renaye	
                                                             Manley,	union	and	congregational	outreach	director,	
Prayer and Meditation                                        Interfaith	Worker	Justice,	at	rmanley@iwj.org.
Many	religious	traditions	have	a	practice	of	speaking	       Interfaith	Worker	Justice	is	a	national	organization	
to	the	creator,	a	higher	power,	to	invoke	the	presence	      that	organizes,	educates	and	mobilizes	people	of	faith	
of	the	sacred	to	intervene	in	the	pursuit	of	justice.	You	   to	support	issues	of	workers,	especially	workers	in	
may	have	one	person	pray	or	multiple	people	pray.	           low-wage	jobs.
Those	who	offer	prayer	or	meditation	should	do	so	
from	their	faith	perspective.	This	is	an	opportunity	to	
celebrate	the	diversity	of	those	who	stand	with	us	in	
the	struggle	for	justice.	Consider	having	people	pray	
in	languages	other	than	English	and	remember	to	be	
inclusive	in	terms	of	age,	gender	and	denominational	
diversity.	If	there	are	multiple	prayers,	people	can	
lead	prayers	in	the	way	they	are	most	comfortable.	If	
there	will	be	only	one	person	praying	you	may	want	to	
ask	the	person	if	he	or	she	could	pray	in	a	way	that	is	
inclusive	as	possible.




                                     Interfaith Worker Justice • www.iwj.org
Vigil Checklist
Two to three weeks before your event                    q	
                                                         Call	all	speakers	to	remind	them	of	event	loca-
                                                           tion	and	times.	
q	
 Put	together	a	core	planning	team	–	invite	
   leaders	of	other	groups	whose	members	share	         q	
                                                         Prepare	a	sign-in	sheet	for	participants,	so	you	
   your	concerns.                                          can	continue	to	communicate	with	them	after	
                                                           the	event	is	over.	
q	
 Secure	an	appropriate	location.
                                                        q	
                                                         Make	sure	that	your	signs	and	banners	are	
q	
 Find	out	if	you	will	need	permission	to	use	the	
                                                           prepared	and	ready	to	go.
   location.
                                                        q	
                                                         Make	sure	to	e-mail	and	call	all	press.
q	
 Invite	speakers,	find	a	photographer	if	you	
   want	photos	or	video	of	your	event,	determine	       q	
                                                         E-mail	your	list	and	post	an	update	or	remind-
   what	materials	you	will	need	and	adapt	them	            er	on	Facebook.
   for	your	event.
                                                        q	
                                                         Make	last	minute	reminder	calls.
q	
 Begin	inviting	people	to	your	event	through	
   word	of	mouth,	newsletters,	bulletins,	web-
   sites,	blogs	and	the	e-mail		lists	of	every	group	   The day of your event
   that	is	involved	in	planning	your	event.             q	
                                                         Call	and	e-mail	all	press.
q	
 Make	sure	you	have	a	translator	if	needed.             q	
                                                         Arrive	early	to	set	up	–	give	yourself	and	your	
                                                           team	plenty	of	time	to	set-up	sound	equip-
One week before your event                                 ment	and	tables.

q	
 Begin	gathering	all	the	stuff	you	will	need,	          q	
                                                         Greet	participants,	give	them	a	copy	of	the	
   including	copies	of	all	materials.	Confirm	the	         prayer	vigil	program	and	ask	them	to	sign	up	
   availability	of	sound	and	electrical	equipment	         for	future	updates.
   such	as	microphones	and	extension	cords.             q	
                                                         Greet	reporters,	give	them	a	copy	of	your	
q	
 Go	over	the	vigil	program	and	identify	appro-             press	release	and	ask	them	to	sign	in	on	a	
   priate	individuals	to	speak	and	pray.	Gener-            sheet	of	paper	–	ask	for	their	name,	media	
   ally,	it’s	good	to	have	just	one	or	two	speakers	       outlet,	e-mail	address	and	phone	number	(you	
   to	lead,	but	it	may	be	nice	to	open	up	to	the	          may	need	their	contact	information	for	the	
   broader	group	to	offer	short	prayers	at	the	end.        next	event	or	to	follow	up).
                                                        q	
                                                         After	the	vigil	is	over,	make	sure	to	thank	
The day before your event                                  everyone	and	let	them	know	how	to	stay	in-
                                                           volved!
q	
 Make	sure	you	have	all	equipment	ready	for	
   the	next	day,	your	speakers	and	the	vigil	leader	
   for	your	event	are	prepared,	and	any	other	          The week after your event
   people	who	are	staffing	the	event	know	their	        q	
                                                         Follow	up	to	thank	your	speakers	and	those	
   roles.	Others	staffing	the	event	might	be	in	           who	attended	your	event.
   charge	of	the	sign-in	table,	taking	pictures,	
   handing	out	programs,	welcoming	press	and	
   handing	out	news	release.




                                 Interfaith Worker Justice • www.iwj.org
Take
Action
in
Your
Community

People
of
faith
are
part
of
communities
as
well
as
        Max
for
some
sound
tips
on
moving
forward.
You

congregations.

Education
and
action
taken
in
the
         can
get
a
copy
through
Amazon.com.

wider
community
can
put
our
faith
into
action
and

                                                           Arrange
for
a
delegation
to
meet
with
your
elected

connect
the
faith
community
with
those
who
share

                                                           leaders:

One
of
the
most
important
things
you
can

values
and
concerns.
Here
are
a
few
ways
you
can

work
in
your
community
to
support
immigrants
and
          do
is
to
organize
a
delegation
(or
multiple

advocate
for
comprehensive
immigration
reform.
            delegations)
to
meet
with
your
elected
leaders


                                                          urging
their
support
for
comprehensive
immigration

Organize
a
Community
Forum:
Forums
provide
an
             reform.

Many
elected
leaders
are
confused
on
the

opportunity
for
the
religious
community
to
create
a
       issues
or
scared
to
step
forward
given
the
politics
of

safe
and
open
space
for
people
to
share
their
stories
     the
moment.
Encourage
the
politicians
to
do
the

and
struggles
with
current
U.S.
immigration
policy.
       right
thing.

Help
provide
them
the
political
space
to

Community
forums
encourage
dialogue
and
offer
an
          support
comprehensive
immigration
reform.


For

opportunity
to
reframe
issues
and
introduce
               more
information,
see
the
IWJ
resource,
“Organizing

alternative
perspectives
and
solutions
grounded
in
        an
Interfaith
Delegation
to
Your
Member
of

religious
values.
When
organizing
a
community
             Congress”,
included
in
this
toolkit.

forum
it
is
important
to
reach
out
beyond
one’s
           Conduct
a
voter
registration
drive
of
legal

religious
tradition
to
ensure
broad
community
             immigrants.



Too
many
legal
immigrants
are
not

representation.

Consider
inviting
respected
leaders
      registered
to
vote.


You
can
help
them
register
and

to
sponsor
and
help
host
the
forums.
                      thus
have
a
clearer
voice
in
the
immigration
debate.

Organize
an
Interfaith
Prayer
Vigil:

As
workers
          Support
your
local
workers
center.


Workers

struggle
for
dignity
in
their
work,
the
religious
         centers
around
the
country
are
standing
with
low‐
community
can
support
them
by
gathering
to
pray
           wage
and
immigrant
workers
to
make
sure
they
are

for
change
and
justice.
In
public
space,
with
             paid
for
all
their
work
and
provided
with
safe

immigrants
and
workers,
religious
people
can
              working
conditions.

Unfortunately,
too
many

witness
to
the
larger
community
by
praying
                immigrant
workers
are
exploited
by
unethical

alongside
struggling
workers.
If
your
community
is
        employers.
Workers
centers
help
workers
recover

interested
in
organizing
an
interfaith
prayer
vigil,
      their
unpaid
wages
and
demand
that
workplaces
are

contact
your
local
Interfaith
Worker
Justice
affiliate
    made
safe.
Some
of
these
centers
organize
on
a

or
use
the
IWJ
publication
“How
to
Organize
a
Prayer
      multi‐racial,
multi‐ethnic
level.
These
workers

Vigil”,
included
in
this
toolkit.
                         centers
need
money,
volunteers
and
support.
Join

Organize
a
Letter
Writing
Campaign:


Elected
             them
in
regular
support
of
workers
who
are

officials
respond
to
direct
communication
from
their
      particularly
vulnerable
without
immigration
reform.

constituents.
Organize
a
letter‐writing
table
on
a
        Contact
Dianne
Enriquez:

denriquez@iwj.org.


street
corner,
at
a
public
meeting,
a
community
           Stand
with
workers
organizing
unions.


Unions
are

organization
office,
or
another
appropriate
               one
of
the
best
protections
for
low‐wage
and

opportunity.
                                              immigrant
workers.
When
janitors,
hotel
workers,

Build
an
Interfaith
Immigration
Coalition:

The
           dry
wallers
or
others
workers
decide
to
organize
a

religious
community
is
most
effective
when
it
joins
       union
and
seek
a
just
contract,
they
deserve
your

with
other
religious
and
community
groups
to
affect
       support.
Get
involved
through
the
local
Interfaith

change.

Begin
by
talking
with
organizations
that
         Worker
Justice
affiliate
or
contact
groups
of
workers

share
your
concerns.
If
there
is
interest
in
forming
a
    directly
that
you
see
or
read
about
who
are

coalition,
read
the
coalition
chapter
in
Organizing
for
   organizing.


Social
Change
by
Kim
Bobo,
Jackie
Kendall,
and
Steve

Organizing
an
Interfaith
Delegation
to


Your
Member
of
Congress



Immigrant
Workers:
An
Issue
of
Justice
for
the
           •   We
must
restore
civility
in
the
debate

Faith
Community
                                              about
immigration
reform.



                                                      

The
U.S.
is
a
nation
that
has
always
depended
         The
Meeting

on
immigrants
to
work
in
its
factories,
fields,
       

mines
and
construction
sites,
doing
the
hard
          The
meeting
is
to
create
a
dialogue
about
how

work
that
has
created
the
wealth
of
the
nation.
       we
can
work
together
to
ensure
justice
for
all

But
as
has
happened
throughout
our
history,
           workers—citizens,
legal
residents,
guest

immigrant
workers
and
the
overall
immigrant
           workers,
and
undocumented
workers.
The

community
are
under
attack
today.
Foreign‐             meeting
will
allow
the
representative
to
hear

born
workers
are
blamed
for
many
of
the
ills
of
       and
consider
the
religious
perspective
on
these

the
U.S.
economy,
including
low
and
stagnant
          issues.

wages
and
the
loss
of
decent
jobs.
Many
               

employers,
including
entire
industries
such
as
        Arrange
the
Meeting

meat
processing,
agriculture,
and
garment
             Ask
for
a
meeting
with
the
congressperson
in
his

assembly
readily
hire
undocumented
workers
            or
her
local
office,
in
order
to
bring
a
strong

and
guest
workers
because
these
immigrants
            delegation
of
local
faith
leaders.
There
are
times

have
fewer
options
than
other
workers,
are
            that
Congress
is
out
of
session,
sometimes
for

more
vulnerable
if
they
complain
about
abuses
         lengthy
periods,
when
your
representative
will

or
attempt
to
organize
a
union,
and
are
easier
to
     be
in
district
and
should
be
available
to
meet

exploit.
The
problem
is
not
the
workers—it
is
         with
a
delegation.
Write
a
letter
asking
for
a

their
legal
status.
Now
more
than
ever,
the
U.S.
      meeting
to
discuss
immigration
issues
with
a

needs
to
overhaul
an
immigration
system
that
          delegation
of
faith
leaders.
One
or
more

doesn’t
work
for
anybody,
a
set
of
laws
and
           prominent
religious
leaders
should
sign
the

institutions
that
actually
encourages
a
second
        letter.
Call
the
scheduler
of
the
congressperson

class
of
workers
with
few
rights.
                     one
week
after
sending
the
letter,
if
you
don’t


                                                      receive
a
reply.
Be
persistent.

Our
religious
traditions
teach
us
to
welcome
the
      

stranger,
“for
you
were
once
a
stranger.”
In
that
     Hold
a
Pre‐meeting

spirit,
Interfaith
Worker
Justice
(IWJ)
invites
you
   Arrange
a
time
to
meet
for
an
hour
and
a
half
or

to
organize
an
interfaith
delegation
to
your
          so
before
the
scheduled
appointment
with
your

representative.
These
delegations
should
focus
        congressional
representative.
Consider
meeting

on
two
main
concerns:
                                 at
a
restaurant,
place
of
worship,
or
community

    • Comprehensive
Immigration
Reform
                center
near
your
congress
member’s
office.
At

         must
be
enacted
at
the
national
level,
to
    the
pre‐meeting,
clarify
the
purpose
of
the

         help
those
who
have
lived,
worked
and
        delegation’s
visit,
select
a
facilitator,
review
the

         paid
taxes
in
this
country
for
years
to
      proposed
agenda,
decide
on
roles
(who
will
say

         come
out
of
the
shadows
and
have
a
           what),
and
remind
people
that
unity
is

         path
to
legalization
and
citizenship,
and
    important,
so
issues
without
consensus
should

         to
protect
all
U.S.
residents,
native
born
   not
be
raised
at
the
meeting.

         and
immigrant
alike.


                                                     

A
typical
meeting
might
look
like
this:
              Questions
to
Member
of
Congress


                                                     The
meeting
facilitator
should
ask
the
political

Opening
                                              leader
where
she
stands
on
immigration
issues.

Designate
a
delegate
to
open
the
meeting
with
        Does
she
support
our
agenda?
If
not,
what
are

prayer.
(Be
sensitive
to
interfaith
                  the
points
of
difference?

representatives
in
the
room.)
Have
the
               

facilitator
thank
the
member
of
Congress
(or
         Member
of
Congress
Response

legislative
aide)
for
his
or
her
time
and
outline
    Open
the
conversation
to
allow
the

how
the
group
would
like
the
meeting
to
              congressperson
or
senator
to
discuss
what
he

proceed.
                                             thinks
can
happen
at
this
time
and
what
role
he


                                                     intends
to
play.
Sometimes
the
elected
leader

Introductions
                                        has
questions.
Answer
them
if
you
can.
If
not,

Each
person
should
introduce
himself
or
herself.
     promise
to
get
back
to
him
with
answers.
Often

This
is
not
a
time
to
be
humble!
Give
all
relevant
   the
official
says
he
wants
to
study
the
issue
and

titles,
community
connections,
and
reasons
why
       campaign.
Ask
when
you
can
follow
up
to
find

you
could
influence
other
constituents.

             out
what
his
decision
is.
Sometimes
the
leader


                                                     agrees.
Thank
him
and
ask
what
other
ideas
he

Issue
Background
                                     has
for
reaching
other
legislators.

Have
designated
individuals
who
are
confident
        

about
the
issues
make
the
case
on
our
                Closing

immigration
issues.
                                  Thank
the
elected
leader
for
the
meeting.


                                                     Confirm
the
next
steps
(such
as
that
you
will
get

Support
for
Our
Issues
                               back
with
information
to
answer
a
particular

The
rest
of
the
delegates
should
describe
their
      question).
Close
with
prayer.


concerns
with
the
current
immigration
system
         

and
their
religious
traditions’
teachings
for
the
    Evaluate
the
Meeting

respect
of
human
dignity
and
the
teachings
on
        Send
a
brief
evaluation,
including
commitments

how
to
treat
strangers
among
us
and
those
who
        made
by
the
member
of
Congress
and
by
your

work
for
wages.
                                      group,
to
Ted
Smukler:
tsmukler@iwj.org.


2010
Prayer
for
Immigrants


Leader:
 Dear
God,
we
offer
a
special
prayer
for
the
immigrants
in
our
community,



All:


Who
live
beside
us,
work
with
us
and
attend
schools
with
us.



Leader:
 You
call
us,
like
you
called
the
Israelites,
to
treat
immigrants
living
in
our
midst
as

           we
would
treat
all
others.




All:


Love
immigrants
as
yourself,
for
you
were
strangers
in
the
land
of
Egypt.
(Leviticus

           19:34)




Leader:
 Most
Americans
came
to
the
nation
as
immigrants.



All:


We
are
a
nation
built
upon
the
hard
work
and
contributions
of
immigrants.



Leader:

 We
lift
up
our
nation
and
its
leaders
as
we
grapple
with
the
issue
of
immigration.



All:


Give
wisdom
and
knowledge
to
our
nation’s
leaders.



Leader:

 May
they
craft
a
system
of
laws
and
governance
that
provide
immigrants
and

           communities
fairness,
love
and
compassion.



All:
All
of
us
have
a
role
to
play
in
welcoming
immigrants.




Leader:

 We
can
insist
that
immigrants
are
welcome
in
our
congregations
and

           neighborhoods.



All:


We
can
ensure
that
immigrant
workers
are
paid
fairly
for
their
work.



Leader:

 God,
we
ask
you
to
help
us
to
do
our
share
in
treating
all
of
our
neighbors
as

           ourselves,
immigrant
and
native
born
alike.
Help
us
to
continue
lifting
up

           immigrants
and
our
nation’s
leaders
as
we
move
forward
on
crafting
policies
for

           immigration
reform.
These
things
we
ask
in
Your
name,



All:


Amen.

Remember the Immigrant                                                                       Leader:    But our laws do not adequately protect immigrants. Our legal and
                                                                                                        social service programs exclude many immigrants. Our education
Leader:    We serve a God who directs us to care espe-                                                  programs undervalue immigrant children.
           cially for those most vulnerable in society. Our
           Scriptures tell us of God’s special concern for                                   All:       God tells us that the community is to have the same rules for
           the “alien” or the “stranger,” or as more con-                                               citizens and for immigrants living among us. This is a lasting
           temporary translations say—the immigrant.                                                    ordinance for the generations to come. Citizens and immigrants
                                                                                                        shall be the same before the Lord. (Numbers 15:15)
All:       For the Lord our God is God of gods and
           Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and                                          Leader:    When an immigrant lives in our land,
           awesome, who shows no partiality and
           accepts no bribes. God defends the cause of                                       All:       We will not mistreat him or her. We will treat an immigrant
           the orphan and the widow, and loves the                                                      as one of our native born. We will love an immigrant as our-
           immigrant, giving the immigrant food and clothing. And we                                    selves, for God’s people were once immigrants in Egypt.
           are to love those who are immigrants, for God’s people were                                  (Leviticus 19:33-34)
           immigrants in Egypt. (Deuteronomy 10:17-19)                                       Leader:    To those who employ immigrant workers, we lift up God’s command:
Leader:    We ask God to open our eyes to the struggles of immigrant work-                   All:       Do not oppress an immigrant. God’s people know how it feels
           ers, for we know that                                                                        to be immigrants because they were immigrants in Egypt.
All:       We must not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor                                     (Exodus 23: 9)
           and needy, whether the worker is a resident or immigrant                          Leader:    And a special word to those who employ immigrant farmworkers:
           living in our town. We must pay the worker the wages
           promptly because the worker is poor and counting on it.                           All:       Make sure immigrants get a day of rest. (Exodus 23:12)
           (Deuteronomy 24:14)                                                               Leader:    To those who craft our immigration laws and policies, we lift up
Leader:    God’s desire is that those who build houses may live in them,                                God’s command:

All:       And that those who plant may eat. (Isaiah 65:22)                                  All:       Do not deprive the immigrant or the
                                                                                                        orphan of justice, or take the cloak of the
Leader:    And yet we know this is not possible for many in our midst.                                  widow as a pledge. Remember that
All:       We know of:                                                                                  God’s people were slaves in Egypt and
           farmworkers who cannot feed their families.                                                  the Lord our God redeemed them from
           construction workers who have no homes.                                                      there. (Deuteronomy 24:17-18)
           nursing home workers who have no health care.                                     Leader:    To all of us who seek to do God’s will, help
           restaurant workers who could not afford a meal in the restaurant.                            us to:
Leader:    We know that too many immigrant workers among us are not receiv-                  All:       Love one another as God has loved us.
           ing the fruits of their labor, nor the justice required by the courts.                       Help us to treat immigrants with the
All:       God charges our judges to hear disputes and judge fairly,                                    justice and compassion that God shows
           whether the case involves citizens or immigrants.                                            to each of us.
           (Deuteronomy 1:16)



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       Celebrating
             Immigrants
                      An Interfaith Service
                       From Interfaith Worker Justice


Invocation

Opening Song

Responsive Reading One:

Leader: We gather today to lift up immigrants who live and work in our
        community. We give thanks for the many gifts and talents they
        bring to our nation.

All:    We give thanks and pray for all living in our community, but
        especially those who are immigrants among us.

Leader: There are over 32 million immigrants in the U.S. living and
        working in cities, suburbs and rural areas across the nation.

All:    One in eight workers today is foreign born.

Leader: Except for Native Americans, we were all once new to this country.

All:    Some of us came to the U.S. escaping poverty or oppression.
        Others of us were forced here on slave ships. Still others came
        seeking opportunity.

Leader: New immigrants come for many of the same reasons. Most
        immigrants come escaping poverty and oppression and seeking
        opportunities. Leviticus 19, verses 33 and 34 tell us:

All:    Don’t mistreat any foreigners who live in your land. Instead,
        treat them as well as you treat citizens and love them as much
        as you love yourself. Remember, you were once foreigners in
        the land of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.

Leader: We serve a God who wants justice for all of God’s people.

All:    God desires justice for native born and foreign born alike. All
        people are children of God.
        Celebrating                   Immigrants


        Stories from Immigrants – Invite immigrants in your community to share
        why they came here, their hopes for the future, and the challenges they
        face in the community.

        Statements of Support from Faith Traditions – Invite faith leaders from
        various denominations and traditions to offer words of support from their
        religious traditions. See What Faith Traditions Say about the Treatment of
        Immigrants found on pages 7-8 at www.iwj.org/pdf/lip2003.pdf

        Sing Micah 6:8 by Noelle Damico – Teach the song and then use it as a
        refrain in Responsive Reading Two.




        Responsive Reading Two – Multiple leaders are suggested.

        Leader 1: Immigrants and their children bring long-term economic bene-
        fits to the United States. Immigrants add about $10 billion each year to the
        U.S. economy. This estimate does not include the impact of immigrant-
        owned businesses or the impact of highly skilled immigrants on overall
        productivity.

        Leader 2: By conservative estimates, immigrant households paid an esti-
        mated $133 billion in direct taxes to federal, state, and local governments
        in 1997. The typical immigrant and his or her descendants pay an estimat-
        ed $80,000 more in taxes than they will receive in local, state, and federal
        benefits over their lifetimes.

        Leader 3: Despite immigrants’ economic contributions to the society, there
        is no clear road to citizenship for most immigrants. Too many immigrants
        in the U.S. cannot become citizens under the current laws, so they live in
        fear of deportation. Immigrants need a clear path to citizenship. We serve
        a God who calls us to:




2   Interfaith Worker Justice • www.iwj.org
Celebrating              Immigrants


Leader 1: Families make up more than three out of four immigrant house-
holds, but many of the families are not whole. Many immigrants live here
without their children, spouses or parents. Immigrants need a legal way to
reunify their families. We serve a God who calls us to:

All Sing Micah 6:8 in Spanish:
Hacer justicia, amar a la bondad, caminar a la humilidad con nuestro
Dios. Vamos a hacer justicia, amar a la bondad, caminar a la humilidad
con nuestro Dios.




Leader 2: Too many immigrant workers are subject to exploitation in the
workplace because they do not have citizenship, do not know their rights,
and are denied protection offered by a union contract. In community after
community we have seen and heard of immigrants who are forced to
work long hours for pittance wages, immigrants who handle dangerous
chemicals or equipment without proper protections, immigrants who are
traded in slave rings, and immigrants who are threatened with deporta-
tion when they complain about working conditions. Such exploitation of
immigrants lowers working conditions for all workers. Immigrants need
stronger workplace protections and a voice on the job. We serve a God
who calls us to:




                                         Interfaith Worker Justice • www.iwj.org   3
Celebrating Immigrants
Leader 3: We are a nation known for the protection of civil rights and lib-
erties. Yet many immigrants and communities of color do not feel protect-
ed by the police, the corporate leaders or the government. Too often, our
religious communities have not stood up to protect immigrants’ civil
rights and liberties. We cannot let the acts of terrorists deter us from pro-
tecting the civil rights and liberties of law-abiding immigrants. God calls
us to welcome, not fear, immigrants in our community. We must stand up
for immigrants’ civil rights and liberties. We serve a God who calls us to:


All Sing in Spanish:
Hacer justicia, amar a la bondad, caminar a la humilidad con nuestro
Dios. Vamos a hacer justicia, amar a la bondad, caminar a la humilidad
con nuestro Dios.




All:     As people of faith, we know God’s special concern for immi-
         grants. We will find new ways to act on that concern.
         We will pray for immigrants.
         We will reach out to immigrants.
         We will advocate a clear road to citizenship, reunification of
         families, a voice on the job, civil rights and civil liberties with
         our elected leaders.
         We will do this because it is best for our nation and because we
         are called to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with
         our God. Amen.

Next Steps for Action – One leader will invite people to register to vote,
sign postcards or petitions, or take other appropriate actions supporting
immigrants.

Closing Prayer




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Welcoming
the
Stranger:
Immigration
and
the
Church



Leviticus
19:33–34
                                    me
clothes,
I
was
sick
and
you
stopped
to
visit,
I

When
a
foreigner
lives
with
you
in
your
land,
         was
in
prison
and
you
came
to
me.'
Then
those

don't
take
advantage
of
him.
Treat
the
foreigner
      'sheep'
are
going
to
say,
'Master,
what
are
you

the
same
as
a
native.
Love
him
like
one
of
your
       talking
about?
When
did
we
ever
see
you

own.
Remember
that
you
were
once
foreigners
           hungry
and
feed
you,
thirsty
and
give
you
a

in
Egypt.
I
am
GOD,
your
God.
                         drink?
And
when
did
we
ever
see
you
sick
or
in


                                                      prison
and
come
to
you?'
Then
the
King
will
say,

Micah
6:8
                                             'I'm
telling
the
solemn
truth:
Whenever
you
did

But
he's
already
made
it
plain
how
to
live,
what
      one
of
these
things
to
someone
overlooked
or

to
do,
what
God
is
looking
for
in
men
and
             ignored,
that
was
me—you
did
it
to
me.'


women.
                                                

It's
quite
simple:
Do
what
is
fair
and
just
to
your
   Questions
for
Reflection

neighbor,
be
compassionate
and
loyal
in
your
          

love,
                                                 What
do
these
passages
reveal
to
us
about

And
don't
take
yourself
too
seriously—take
God
        God’s
attitude
toward
the
alien
and
the

seriously.
                                            stranger?


                                                      

Hebrews
13:2
                                          What
do
these
passages
tell
us
our
attitudes
and

Stay
on
good
terms
with
each
other,
held
              actions
to
the
alien
and
the
stranger
should
be?

together
by
love.
Be
ready
with
a
meal
or
a
bed
       

when
it's
needed.
Why,
some
have
extended
             What
are
some
common
reasons
why

hospitality
to
angels
without
ever
knowing
it!

       individuals
and
nations
do
not
welcome
the


                                                      stranger?
In
light
of
the
Scriptures,
are
these

Matthew
25:34–40
                                      reasons
satisfactory
to
you?

Then
the
King
will
say
to
those
on
his
right,
         

'Enter,
you
who
are
blessed
by
my
Father!
Take
        How
do
you
as
an
individual
feel
called
to

what's
coming
to
you
in
this
kingdom.
It's
been
       respond
to
these
Scriptures?

ready
for
you
since
the
world's
foundation.
And
       

here's
why:

                                          Can
you
think
of
three
ways
your
faith

I
was
hungry
and
you
fed
me,
I
was
thirsty
and
        community
might
encourage
greater
hospitality

you
gave
me
a
drink,
I
was
homeless
and
you
           toward
strangers?

gave
me
a
room,
I
was
shivering
and
you
gave

A
Prayer
for
Immigrants
                                      Open
our
eyes
that
we
may
see
the
immigrant
and

                                                              undocumented;


                                                             Not
as
threats,
but
as
brothers
and
sisters
whose

Source
of
Life
who
is
known
by
many
names;
                   dignity
is
tide
to
our
own
dignity;


Over‐turner
and
illuminator
of
hearts;
                       And
whose
lack
of
freedom
calls
into
question
our
own

We
gather
with
gratitude
for
the
earth
and
all
who
journey
   freedom;

in
it.
                                                       The
farm
worker,
the
hotel
maid,
the
line
cook,
the

We
are
give
thanks
for
the
interconnectedness
of
all
         childcare
provider,
the
healthcare
worker
and
so

creation.
                                                    many
others.


                                                             

Support
for
those
without
support;
                           Source
of
Justice
who
is
known
by
many
names;

Stronghold
of
those
without
protection;
                      Today
we
stand
in
solidarity
with
all
those
across
this

We
declare
openly
the
times
we
have
fallen
short
             nation
living
in
sanctuary
as
a
result
of
unjust
and

From
living
out
the
call
to
justice
our
sacred
stories
       inhumane
policies.

place
upon
us;
                                               Today
we
say:
“Presente,”
with
our
sister
Elvira

From
hearing
the
plight
of
the
creation
yearning
for
         Arellano
whose
plight
for
true
immigration
reform
has

justice;
                                                     galvanized
a
movement.

From
seeing
the
harm
our
way
of
life
and
our
policies
        Today
we
claim
our
place
among
those
who
struggle

inflict
upon
the
creation.
                                   for
justice
in
the
canvas
of
history.


                                                             Let
us
not
swerve
from
the
path
of
righteousness
that

Source
of
Wisdom
who
is
known
by
many
names;
                 leads
to
just
and
equitable
relationship.

The
Prophet
Mohammed
asks:
What
actions
are
most
             

excellent?
                                                   Give
us
the
courage
to
stand
with
those
crossing
our

To
gladden
the
heart
of
a
human
being;
                       borders;

To
feed
the
hungry;
                                          Living
in
the
shadows;

To
help
the
afflicted;
                                       Risking
all
to
support
their
families;

To
lighten
the
sorrow
of
the
sorrowful;
                      Escaping
the
economic
oppression
and
political

To
remove
the
wrongs
of
the
injured;
                         persecution
our
policies
have
spurred;

Let
us
not
forget.
                                           


                                                             Give
us
the
strength
to
confront
the
prejudice
and

The
Psalmist
asks:
Who
is
fit
to
hold
power
and
              intolerance
of
those
who
are
fearful;

worthy
to
act
in
God’s
place?
                                And
respond
by
closing
our
borders
to
those
who

Those
with
a
passion
for
the
truth,
who
are
horrified
by
     sojourn
seeking
life
and
opportunity;

injustice;
                                                   

Who
act
with
mercy
to
the
poor
and
take
up
the
cause
         Give
us
the
will
to
leave
behind
and
open
up
the

of
the
helpless;
                                             safety
of
our
sanctuaries
and
temples;

Who
have
let
go
of
selfish
concerns
and
see
the
whole
        That
our
voice,
our
heart,
our
spirit
will
join
the
voice,

creation
as
sacred.
                                          heart
and
spirit
of
all
who
demand
to
live
with
respect,

Let
us
not
forget.
                                           justice
and
peace;


                                                             And
that
our
buildings
of
worship
may
be
known
as
a

Jesus,
carpenter
of
Nazareth,
asks:
What
is
the
              place
of
refuge
and
respite.

greatest
commandment?
                                        

To
love
your
creator;
                                        Source
of
Direction
who
is
known
by
many
names;

To
love
your
neighbor;
                                       In
our
daily
living
let
us
be
guided;

To
undermine
oppressive
powers
with
life‐giving
              By
the
highest
estimate
of
the
worth
and
dignity
of

actions;
                                                     every
person
regardless
of
their
legal
status;

To
be
in
solidarity
with
all
who
suffer;
                     And
let
us
not
forget;

To
act
for
justice;
                                          That
the
creation
is
founded
on
justice;

And
to
teach
others
to
act
for
justice
                       And
that
we
have
the
moral
responsibility
to
bring

Let
us
not
forget.
                                           forth
justice
into
these
times.


                                                             May
it
be
so.

Source
of
Justice
who
is
known
by
many
names;
                

                                                              By
Rev.
Jessica
Vazquez
Torres,
IWJ

I m m i g r a n t s 
 i n 
 t h e 
 J e w i s h ,
M u s l i m 
 a n d 
 C h r i s t i a n 
 T e x t s 


Heb rew
 Bible

                                             Woe
to
the
legislators
of
infamous
laws,
                                                             to
those
who
issue
tyrannical
decrees,
Exodus
23:
9

                                               who
refuse
justice
to
the
unfortunate
You
must
not
oppress
the
stranger;
you
know
how
a
           and
cheat
the
poor
among
my
people
of
their

stranger
feels,
for
you
lived
as
strangers
in
the
land
of
   rights,
Egypt.

                                                     who
make
widows
their
prey,

                                                            and
rob
the
orphan.
Leviticus
19:
32‐34

                                        

If
a
stranger
lives
with
you
in
your
land,
do
not
           Isaiah
61:
1‐2


molest
him.
You
must
count
him
as
one
of
your
own
           The
spirit
of
the
Lord
Yahweh
has
been
given

countrymen
and
love
him
as
yourself—for
you
were
            to
me,
once
strangers
yourselves
in
Egypt.
I
am
Yahweh
             for
Yahweh
has
anointed
me.

your
God.

                                                  He
has
sent
me
to
bring
good
news
to
the


                                                            poor,
Tobit
4:
7‐8

                                               to
bind
up
hearts
that
are
broken;
Set
aside
part
of
your
goods
for
almsgiving.
Never
          to
proclaim
liberty
to
the
captives,
turn
your
face
from
any
poor
man
and
God
will
never
         freedom
to
those
in
prison;
turn
his
from
you.

                                         to
proclaim
a
year
of
favour
from
Yahweh.

                                                            

Psalm
82:
2‐4

                                              Jeremiah
22:
3‐4


No
more
mockery
of
justice,                                  Yahweh
says
this:
Practice
honesty
and
integrity;

no
more
favoring
of
the
wicked!
                             rescue
the
man
who
has
been
wronged
from
the

Let
the
weak
and
the
orphan
have
justice,                    hands
of
his
oppressor;
do
not
exploit
the
stranger,

be
fair
to
the
wretched
and
destitute;                       the
orphan,
the
widow;
do
no
violence,
shed
no

rescue
the
weak
and
needy,                                   innocent
blood
in
this
place.


save
them
from
the
clutches
of
the
wicked!                   


                                                            Micah
6:
8


Psalm
103:
6

                                               What
is
good
has
been
explained
to
you;
Yahweh,
who
does
what
is
right,
is
always
on
                this
is
what
Yahweh
asks
of
you:
the
side
of
the
oppressed.

                                 only
this,
to
act
justly,

                                                            to
love
tenderly,
Proverbs
31:
8‐9

                                           and
to
walk
humbly
with
your
God.
Speak,
yourself,
on
behalf
of
the
dumb,
on
behalf
           

of
all
the
unwanted;
speak,
yourself,
pronounce
a
           Zechariah
7:
8‐11


just
verdict,
uphold
the
rights
of
the
poor,
of
the
         (The
word
of
Yahweh
was
addressed
to
Zechariah
as

needy.

                                                     follows:)
He
said:
Apply
the
law
fairly,
and
practice


                                                            kindness
and
compassion
toward
each
other.
Do
not

Ecclesiasticus
4:
8‐9

                                      oppress
the
widow
and
the
orphan,
the
settler
and

To
the
poor
man
lend
an
ear,                                 the
poor
man,
and
do
not
secretly
plan
evil
against

and
return
his
greeting
courteously.

                       one
another.


Save
the
oppressed
from
the
hand
of
the
oppressor,

and
do
not
be
mean‐spirited
in
your
judgments.
              Christian
Test ament




Isaiah
10:
1‐2

                                             Matthew
25:
35‐40


For
I
was
hungry
and
you
gave
me
food;
I
was
thirsty
          and
you
should
be
clothed
in
sincere
compassion,
in

and
you
gave
me
drink;
I
was
a
stranger
and
you
               kindness
and
humility,
gentleness
and
patience.


made
me
welcome;
naked
and
you
clothed
me;
sick
               

and
you
visited
me;
in
prison
and
you
came
to
see
             1
John
4:
19‐21


me.

                                                          Anyone
who
says,
‘I
love
God,’
.
.
.
I
tell
you
solemnly,
in
so
far
as
you
did
this
to
one
   and
hates
his
brother,
of
the
least
of
these
brothers
of
mine,
you
did
it
to
         is
a
liar,
me.

                                                          since
a
man
who
does
not
love
the
brother


                                                              that
he
can
see
Mark
12:
30‐31

                                               cannot
love
God,
whom
he
has
never
seen.
This
is
the
first
[commandment]...you
must
love
the
           So
this
is
the
commandment
that
he
has
given

Lord
your
God
with
all
your
heart,
with
all
your
soul,
        us,
with
all
your
mind
and
with
all
your
strength.
The
            that
anyone
who
loves
God
must
also
love
his

second
is
this:
You
must
love
your
neighbor
as
                brother.
yourself.
There
is
no
commandment
greater
than
                

these.

                                                       The
Qur’an




Luke
4:
18‐19

                                                The
verse
numbers
given
in
the
references
below

The
spirit
of
the
Lord
has
been
given
to
me,                   sometimes
vary
slightly
in
different
editions
and

for
he
has
anointed
me.                                        translations
of
the
Quran.
However,
they
are
rarely

He
has
sent
me
to
bring
the
good
news
to
the
                  off
by
more
than
five
verses
in
either
direction.


poor,                                                          

to
proclaim
liberty
to
captives                                Verse
107


and
to
the
blind
new
sight,                                    In
the
name
of
God,
the
Beneficent,
the
Merciful
Hast

to
set
the
downtrodden
free,                                   thou
observed
him
who
belieth
(makes
a
lie
of)

to
proclaim
the
Lord’s
year
of
favour.                         religion?
This
is
he
who
repelleth
the
orphan,
And


                                                              urgeth
not
the
feeding
of
the
needy.
Ah,
woe
unto

Galatians
3:
28

                                              worshippers
Who
are
heedless
of
their
prayer;
Who

.
.
.
there
are
no
more
distinctions
between
Jew
and
          would
be
seen
(at
worship)
Yet
refuse
small

Greek,
slave
and
free,
male
and
female,
but
all
of
            kindnesses.


you
are
one
in
Christ
Jesus.

                                 


                                                              Verse
4:97


Philippians
2:
5‐8

                                           Lo!
as
for
those
whom
the
angels
take
(in
death)
while

In
your
minds
you
must
be
the
same
as
Christ
                  they
wrong
themselves
(by
sinning),
(the
angels)
will

Jesus:                                                         ask:
In
what
were
ye
engaged?
They
will
say:
We
were

His
state
was
divine,                                          oppressed
in
the
land.
(The
angels)
will
say:
Was
not

yet
he
did
not
cling                                           God’s
earth
spacious
that
ye
could
have
migrated

to
his
equality
with
God                                       therein?


but
emptied
himself                                            

to
assume
the
condition
of
a
slave,                            Verse
55:9


and
became
as
men
are;                                         But
those
who
entered
the
city
and
the
faith
before

and
being
as
all
men
are,                                      them
love
those
who
flee
unto
them
for
refuge,
and

he
was
humbler
yet,                                            find
in
their
breasts
no
need
for
that
which
has
been

even
to
accepting
death,                                       given
to
them,
but
prefer
(the
refugees)
above

death
on
a
cross.

                                            themselves
though
poverty
become
their
lot.
And


                                                              who
is
saved
from
his
own
avarice—such
are
they

Colossians
3:
12‐13

                                          who
are
successful.


You
are
God’s
chosen
race,
his
saints;
he
loves
you,
          

Verse
16:41

                                             

And
those
who
became
(refugees)
for
the
cause
of
         Verse
4:135


God
after
they
had
been
oppressed.
We
verily
shall
       Be
ye
staunch
in
justice,
witnesses
for
God,
even

give
them
goodly
lodging
in
the
world,
and
surely
the
    though
it
be
against
(the
worldly
interests)
of

reward
of
the
hereafter
is
greater,
if
they
but
knew.

   yourselves
or
(your)
parents
or
(your)
kindred,


                                                         whether
(the
case
be
of)
a
rich
man
or
a
poor
man.

Verse
24:22

                                             

And
let
not
those
who
possess
dignity
and
ease
           Verse
5:8


among
you
swear
not
to
give
to
the
near
of
kin
and
to
    Be
steadfast
witnesses
for
God
in
equity,
and
let
not

the
needy,
and
to
refugees
for
the
cause
of
God.
Let
     hatred
of
any
people
seduce
you
that
ye
deal
not

them
forgive
and
show
indulgence.
Yearn
ye
not
that
      justly.
Deal
justly,
that
is
nearer
to
your
duty.
Observe

God
forgive
you?
God
is
Forgiving,
Merciful.

            your
duty
to
God.
Lo!
God
is
Informed
of
what
ye
do.
What
Faith
Groups
Say
about
Immigration
Reform

American
Baptist
Churches
USA
                             congregation,
we
have
undocumented
persons

                                                           worshipping
with
us
as
beloved
brothers
and
sisters
in

From
the
Old
Testament
our
discussion
is
shaped
by
        Christ.

This
very
personal
face
of
the
undocumented

God’s
constant
admonition
to
Israel
as
to
how
she
is
      in
our
midst
reminds
us
that
they
are
part
of
the

to
treat
the
stranger
in
her
midst:

“The
alien
who
       dialogue
and
not
just
an
object
of
it.

resides
with
you
shall
be
to
you
as
the
citizen
among

you;
you
shall
love
the
alien
as
yourself,
for
you
were
   Excerpted
from
“Letter
Addressing
Immigration
and

aliens
in
the
land
of
Egypt:
I
am
the
LORD
your
God”
      Immigration
Reform,”
May
14,
2010


(Leviticus
19:34).

Furthermore,
we
are
reminded
of
       www.abc‐
Micah
6:8
which
says,
“He
has
told
you,
O
mortal,
         usa.org/WhoWeAre/Missions/ImmigrationLetter/tabi
what
is
good;
and
what
does
the
LORD
require
of
you
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but
to
do
justice,
and
to
love
kindness,
and
to
walk
      

humbly
with
your
God?”
(Micah
6:8)
                        Catholic
Church

In
the
New
Testament,
the
greeting
of
Christ,
“Fear
       The
United
States
Catholic
Bishops
Conference

not,”
(Matt
10:31,
Luke
12:32,
John
14:27b)
is
a
          (USCCB)
believes
that
meaningful
immigration
reform

powerful
antidote
to
the
fear
that
so
often
marks
         must
properly
balance
the
right
to
migrate
and
the

conversations
such
as
this
with
any
number
of
             right
to
regulate
migration.
Thus,
the
USCCB
opposes

viewpoints.

Likewise
the
story
of
the
Good
Samaritan
     “enforcement
only”
immigration
policies
because

and
Jesus’
description
of
the
final
judgment
are
          they
lack
proper
accommodation
of
the
right
to

critical
to
our
perspective.

                             migrate.
Instead,
the
USCCB
supports

                                                           “comprehensive”
immigration
policies
that
pair
valid

‘And
when
did
we
see
thee
a
stranger
and
welcome
          enforcement
laws
with
fair
and
generous
legalization

thee,
or
naked
and
clothe
thee?
39
And
when
did
we
        measures.
The
U.S.
Catholic
Bishops
have
outlined

see
thee
sick
or
in
prison
and
visit
thee?'
40
And
the
    various
elements
of
their
proposal
for
comprehensive

King
will
answer
them,
`Truly,
I
say
to
you,
as
you
did
   immigration
reform.
The
key
elements
of

it
to
one
of
the
least
of
these
my
brethren,
you
did
it
   comprehensive
reform
advocated
by
the
Bishops
are:

to
me.'

(Matt
25:38‐40)

                                                           Earned
Legalization:
An
earned
legalization
program

Indeed,
we
believe
these
are
texts
that
challenge
us
in
   with
a
path
to
citizenship
would
require
unauthorized

the
current
reality
regarding
immigration,
and
further,
   workers
to
work
for
several
years,
take
English

we
believe
they
ask
us
to
search
deeply
what
it
means
     courses,
and
pay
a
fine
in
order
to
participate
in
the

to
hear
James
when
he
writes
to
Christian
                 program.
Such
a
program
would
help
stabilize
the

communities,
“If
you
really
fulfill
the
royal
law
         workforce,
promote
family
unity,
and
bring
a
large

according
to
the
scripture,
‘You
shall
love
your
          population
“out
of
the
shadows,”
as
members
of
their

neighbor
as
yourself,’
you
do
well.”
(James
2:8)…
         communities.


Since
the
turn
of
the
twentieth
century,
American
         Enforcement:
The
Bishops
support
the
legitimate
and

Baptists
have
been
in
the
forefront
of
welcoming
          important
role
of
the
United
States
government
in

immigrants
into
our
country
and
into
our
churches.

       enforcing
immigration
law
at
the
border
and
in
the

As
a
result
we
have
been
profoundly
reshaped
by
God
       interior.
The
Bishops
also
believe
that
by
replacing

in
our
makeup.

No
one
racial/ethnic
group
holds
          illegal
migration
with
legal
migration,
law

majority
membership
any
longer
in
the
American
            enforcement
will
be
better
able
to
focus
upon
those

Baptist
Churches,
USA.

God
has
woven
us
into
a
coat
      who
truly
threaten
public
safety:
drug
and
human

of
many
colors.

Consequently,
in
congregation
after
      traffickers,
smugglers,
and
would‐be
terrorists.
Any

enforcement
measures
must
be
targeted,
                     finding
acceptance
but
more
frequently
oppression

proportional,
and
humane.
                                  and
rejection.
Even
within
the
past
century,
Jews
have

                                                            suffered
at
the
hands
of
the
Nazis,
Soviet
Russia,
and

Future
Worker
Program:
A
worker
program
to
permit
          the
Ethiopians
just
to
name
a
few.
Today,
we
are

foreign‐born
workers
to
enter
the
country
safely
and
       fortunate
to
feel
at
home
in
North
America
and
are

legally
would
help
reduce
illegal
immigration
and
the
      truly
part
of
the
nations’
characters.
The
Torah
knew

loss
of
life
in
the
American
desert.
Any
program
           that
after
people
achieve
success
and
become
full

should
include
workplace
protections,
living
wage
          citizens
of
a
country,
their
natural
impulse
is
to
forget

levels,
safeguards
against
the
displacement
of
U.S.
        that
they
were
strangers.
That
is
why
we
are

workers,
and
family
unity.
                                 constantly
reminded
that,
“You
too
must
befriend
the

                                                            stranger,
for
you
were
strangers
in
the
land
of
Egypt”

Family‐based
immigration
reform:
It
currently
takes
        (Deuteronomy
10:19)
and
that,
“The
strangers
who

years
for
family
members
to
be
reunited
through
the
        sojourn
with
you
shall
be
to
you
as
the
natives
among

family‐based
legal
immigration
system.
This
leads
to
       you,
and
you
shall
love
them
as
yourself;
for
you
were

family
breakdown
and,
in
some
cases,
illegal
               strangers
in
the
land
of
Egypt”
(Leviticus
19:33‐34).

immigration.
Changes
in
the
family‐based
immigration
       We
are
commanded
to
treat
the
resident
alien
with

should
be
made
to
increase
the
number
of
family
            dignity
and
we
must,
therefore,
assure
that
all
people

visas
available
and
reduce
family
reunification
waiting
    in
this
country
seeking
a
better
life
can
find
it
here,

times.
                                                     just
as
we
have.

                                                            

Addressing
Root
Causes:
Congress
should
examine
            In
2005,
USCJ
[United
Synagogue
of
Conservative

the
root
causes
of
migration,
such
as
wage
inequities
      Judaism]
supported
the
"Interfaith
Statement
in

and
the
lack
of
job
opportunities
in
sending
countries,
    Support
of
Comprehensive
Immigration
Reform.”
It

and
seek
long‐term
solutions.
The
antidote
to
the
          asked
the
government
to
enact
immigration

problem
of
illegal
immigration
is
sustainable
              legislation
that
included
the
following
reforms
and

economic
development
in
sending
countries.
Ideally,
        values:

migration
should
be
driven
by
choice,
not
necessity.
       ∙
An
opportunity
for
hard‐working
immigrants
who

                                                            are
already
contributing
to
this
country
to
come
out

Restoration
of
Due
Process
Rights:
Due
process
rights
      of
the
shadows,
regularize
their
status
upon

taken
away
by
the
1996
Illegal
Immigration
Reform
          satisfaction
of
reasonable
criteria
and,
over
time,

and
Immigrant
Responsibility
Act
(IIRIRA)
should
be
        pursue
an
option
to
become
lawful
permanent

restored,
particularly
the
use
of
judicial
discretion
in
   residents
and
eventually
United
States
citizens

deportation
proceedings.
                                   ∙
Reforms
in
our
family‐based
immigration
system
to


                                                           significantly
reduce
waiting
times
for
separated

Excerpted
from
Statement
of
the
United
States
              families
who
currently
wait
many
years
to
be
reunited

Conference
of
Catholic
Bishops,
2008
                       ∙
The
creation
of
legal
avenues
for
workers
and
their

www.usccb.org/mrs/legal.shtml
                              families
who
wish
to
migrate
to
the
U.S.
to
enter
our


                                                           country
and
work
in
a
safe,
legal,
and
orderly
manner

Conservative
Judaism
                                       with
their
rights
fully
protected


                                                           ∙
Border
protection
policies
that
are
consistent
with

For
a
significant
portion
of
Jewish
history,
we
have
       humanitarian
values
and
with
the
need
to
treat
all

been
strangers
and
non‐citizens
in
the
countries
in
        individuals
with
respect,
while
allowing
the

which
we
resided.
Biblically,
Abraham
left
his
home
to
     authorities
to
carry
out
the
critical
task
of
identifying

find
a
better
life
in
Canaan
and
Moses
recognized
this
     and
preventing
entry
of
terrorists
and
dangerous

fact
as
he
named
his
son
Gershom,
“for
I
was
a
             criminals,
as
well
as
pursuing
the
legitimate
task
of

stranger
in
a
strange
land”
(Exodus
2:22).
For
             implementing
American
immigration
policy

centuries
and
in
dozens
of
countries,
we
have
sought
       ∙
While
we
support
the
right
of
the
government
to

the
hospitality
of
a
multitude
of
peoples,
sometimes
       enforce
the
law
and
protect
the
national
security

interests
of
the
United
States,
we
recognize
that
our
      nation
is
derived
from
our
compassion
toward
our

existing
complex
and
unworkable
immigration
system
         most
vulnerable
members.





has
made
it
nearly
impossible
for
many
immigrants
‐
        

who
seek
to
support
their
families
or
reunite
with
         Statement
by
Hussam
Ayloush,
Executive
Director
of

loved
ones
‐
to
achieve
legal
status.
Reforming
the
        the
Council
on
American–Islamic
Relations,
Greater

immigration
system
to
address
this
reality
would
           Los
Angeles
Area,
July
2010

allow
the
U.S.
government
to
focus
its
enforcement
         

efforts
on
real
threats
that
face
all
Americans
‐
          Episcopal
Church

citizens
and
immigrants
alike.


                                                           The
Episcopal
Church,
in
its
commitment
to
render

Excerpted
from
a
United
Synagogue
Resolution

              hospitality
to
those
who
are
most
vulnerable,
calls
on

Implementation
Packet,
“Immigrants
and
                     the
United
States
Congress
to
enact
comprehensive

Immigration,”
2007
                                         immigration
reform.
The
passage
in
Arizona
of
the

www.uscj.org/images/Immigrants_and_Immigration.             toughest
anti‐immigrant
law
in
the
country

pdf
                                                        demonstrates
the
need
for
action
at
the
federal
level.


                                                           In
an
open
letter
last
Friday
the
Bishop
of
Arizona,
the

Council
on
American‐Islamic
Relations,
                     Rt.
Rev.
Kirk
Smith,
expressed
that
"today
is
a
sad
day

Greater
Los
Angeles
Area
                                   in
the
struggle
to
see
all
God's
people
treated
in
a


                                                           humane
and
compassionate
manner
(…)
With
the

Islam
promotes
social
justice,
equality
and
the
rights
     Governor's
signing
of
SB
1070,
it
seems
that
for
now

of
workers.

The
Prophet
Muhammad
preached
that
            the
advocates
of
fear
and
hatred
have
won
over
those

no
one
is
a
true
believer
until
they
love
for
others
       of
charity
and
love.
Arizona
claims
to
be
a
Golden

what
they
love
for
themselves.
                             Rule
State.
We
have
not
lived
up
to
that
claim."

                                                           

Given
that
our
religious
beliefs
exhort
us
to
help
         The
lack
of
fair
and
humane
immigration
reform

reduce
the
suffering
of
others,
American
Muslims
           opens
the
door
to
misguided
and
divisive
state
and

support
the
call
for
comprehensive
immigration
             local
attempts
to
address
immigration
enforcement.


reform
that
would,
among
other
things,
create
a
path
       We
urge
Congress
to
provide
a
solution
to
a
broken

to
citizenship
for
immigrants
earned
through
working,
      immigration
system
that
separates
families,
spreads

paying
taxes
and
learning
English;
keep
families
           fear
and
keeps
millions
living
in
the
shadows.
Every

intact;
regulate
wages
and
working
conditions
to
           day,
members
of
our
congregations
see
the

protect
workers
from
being
exploited;
and
create
           unacceptable
consequences
of
our
broken

measures
that
safeguard
the
labor
rights
of
both
           immigration
system.

We
urge
the
Senate
and
House

immigrant
and
non‐immigrant
workers.

                      to
enact
bipartisan
immigration
reform
that
reunites


                                                           families,
protects
the
rights
of
all
workers,
and

We
have
a
broken
immigration
system:
the
fact
that
         provides
an
opportunity
for
undocumented

there
are
an
estimated
11‐12
million
undocumented
          immigrants
to
earn
legal
status.


workers
currently
residing
in
the
United
States,

reflects
that
reality.

Providing
people
who
are
not
       As
Christians,
we
are
called
to
embrace
the
stranger

engaged
in
criminal
activity
a
chance
to
correct
their
     and
to
find
Christ
in
all
who
come
to
us
in
need.
The

status
and
live
with
dignity
and
respect
is
a
first
step
   Episcopal
Church
is
committed
to
working
to
reform

in
fixing
our
broken
system.

The
last
thing
we
need
in
    our
immigration
system.
As
Bishop
Smith
reminded

America
is
to
have
over
12
million
undocumented
            us,
"We
will
continue
to
work
as
hard
as
we
can
to

people
living
on
the
margins
and
being
exposed
to
          defeat
this
law
and
to
work
toward
just
and
fair
laws

abuse,
whether
it
is
economic
abuse,
sexual
                that
protect
the
rights
of
all
human
beings.
We
all

exploitation
or
domestic
violence.

Our
strength
as
a
      know
that
our
immigration
system
is
broken,
but
it

cannot
be
fixed
by
scape‐goating
the
most
vulnerable
      3.
Establish
just
and
humane
enforcement…
of
those
among
us."

                                      4.
Revitalize
refugee
protection
and
integration…
                                                           5.
Address
root
causes
of
forced
migration…

With
strong
leadership
in
Congress,
we
are
confident

we
can
solve
the
broken
immigration
system.

We
           Excerpted
from
a
social
policy
resolution
adopted
by

encourage
members
of
Congress
to
join
faith
leaders
       the
Church
Council
of
the

to
stand
up
for
immigration
policies
that
renew
the
       
Evangelical
Lutheran
Church
in
America
at
its

dignity
and
human
rights
of
everyone.
                     November
2009
meeting.

                                                           www.elca.org/What‐We‐Believe/Social‐
Statement
of
the
Episcopal
Church
Office
of
               Issues/Resolutions/Comprehensive‐Immigration‐
Government
Relations,
April
29,
2010
                      Reform.aspx

www.episcopalchurch.org/79425_121894_ENG_HTM.              

htm
                                                       Hindu
American
Foundation:


                                                          

Evangelical
Lutheran
Church
in
America:
                   In
2006,
the
Hindu
American
Foundation
signed
an

                                                           interfaith
statement
on
immigration
reform.

The

In
1998,
the
ELCA
adopted
a
message
on
immigration
        statement
calls
for
legislation
that
supports

that
reiterated
long‐standing
Lutheran
commitments
        regularization
of
existing
workers
upon
satisfaction
of

to
both
newcomers
and
just
laws
that
serve
the
            reasonable
criteria,
reduced
waiting
times
for

common
good.
Its
core
conviction
was
that
                 reunification
of
separated
families,
legal
avenues
for

"hospitality
for
the
uprooted
is
a
way
to
live
out
the
    workers
and
their
families
who
wish
to
migrate
to
the

biblical
call
to
love
the
neighbor
in
response
to
God’s
   U.S.
and
border
protection
policies
that
treat
all

love
in
Jesus
Christ."
Two
biblical
references
guided
     individuals
with
respect
while
also
allowing

the
message’s
direction:
1)
"The
stranger
who
resides
     authorities
to
prevent
entry
of
terrorists
and

with
you
shall
be
to
you
as
the
citizen
among
you;
you
    dangerous
criminals.

shall
love
the
stranger
as
yourself,
for
you
were
         

strangers
in
the
land
of
Egypt:
I
am
the
LORD
your
        Swaminathan
Venkataraman,
member
of
Hindu

God"
(Leviticus
19:34)
and
2)
"I
was
a
stranger
and
       American
Foundation’s
Executive
Council:

you
welcomed
me"
(Matthew
25:35).
In
Jesus
of
             “There
is
a
need
for
a
fair
and
equitable
immigration

Nazareth,
the
God
who
commands
us
to
care
for
the
         legislation
that
respects
the
God‐given
dignity
of

vulnerable
identities
with
the
human
stranger
—
the
       every
individual
and
his
family
while
also
protecting

person
unknown
and
regarded
with
suspicion
who
            America’s
economic
and
national
security
interests.

stands
on
the
receiving
end
of
both
welcome
and
           Hindus
are
one
of
the
most
highly
educated
and

hospitality
and
rejection
and
resentment.
Not
cited
in
    prosperous
immigrant
communities
in
the
US
and
we

the
1998
message
but
also
relevant
is
Romans
13:1‐7
       desire
that
the
enormous
opportunities
that
this

and
related
Lutheran
interpretations
of
the
role
and
      nation
affords
should
remain
open
to
immigrants
in

authority
of
government….
                                 [the]
future.”

                                                           

In
light
of
current
immigration
laws,
practices,
and
        www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/media/pr/20060
policy
debates;
their
impact
on
immigrant
                                                        324_immigration

communities
and
this
country
as
a
whole;
and
existing
     

ELCA
theological
and
moral
commitments,
this
church
       Muslim
American
Society
Freedom

commits
itself
to
the
following
actions,
balancing
        Foundation
(MAS
Freedom)

humanitarian,
labor,
and
security
issues:
                                                           

                                                           Muslims,
who
make
up
some
20%
of
the
global

1.
Reunite
families
and
integrate
the
marginalized…
                                                           population,
have
bee
involved
in
immigration
issues

2.
Protect
the
rights
of
people
at
work…
                                                           since
the
earliest
days
of
Prophet
Muhammad
and
the

Hijrs
(migration)
of
Muslim
believers
who
fled
Arabia
     in
For
the
Health
of
the
Nation:
An
Evangelical
Call
to

and
took
refuge
in
what
is
now
Ethiopia.

Migration,
in
   Civic
Responsibility,
we
urge:

our
historical
experience,
is
a
necessary
response
to

the
oppression
of
populations
within
nations.
We
              •   That
immigrants
be
treated
with
respect
and

believe
that
immigrants,
wherever
they
are
                        mercy
by
churches.
Exemplary
treatment
of

found,
should
be
treated
with
fairness
and
equity,
and
            immigrants
by
Christians
can
serve
as
the

should
enjoy
the
protection
of
their
neighbors
while
              moral
basis
to
call
for
government
attitudes

upholding
the
obligation
to
be
law‐abiding
and
                    and
legislation
to
reflect
the
same
virtues.

productive
people
within
the
boundaries
of
their
new
          •   That
the
government
develop
structures
and

environments.                                                      mechanisms
that
safeguard
and
monitor
the

                                                                   national
borders
with
efficiency
and
respect

As
a
nation
of
migrants,
we
call
on
all
moral
people
in
           for
human
dignity.


the
United
States
to
recognize
both
the
need
for
              •   That
the
government
establish
more

comprehensive
reform
in
our
national
immigration
                  functional
legal
mechanisms
for
the
annual

laws
as
well
as
the
value
of
the
labor
and
the
                    entry
of
a
reasonable
number
of
immigrant

enormous
contributions
made
by
immigrants
to
                      workers
and
families.

America,
regardless
of
their
status
under
American
            •   That
the
government
recognize
the
central

law.
                                                              importance
of
the
family
in
society
by

                                                                   reconsidering
the
number
and
categories
of

Statement
by
Ibrahim
Ramey                                         visas
available
for
family
reunification,
by

Human
and
Civil
Rights
Program
Director                            dedicating
more
resources
to
reducing
the

Muslim
American
Society
Freedom
Foundation
(MAS
                   backlog
of
cases
in
process,
and
by

Freedom)
July
2010
                                                reevaluating
the
impact
of
deportation
on


                                                                  families.

National
Association
of
Evangelicals
                          •   That
the
government
establish
a
sound,

                                                                   equitable
process
toward
earned
legal
status

Discussion
of
immigration
and
government
                          for
currently
undocumented
immigrants,
who

immigration
policy
must
begin
with
the
truth
that
                 desire
to
embrace
the
responsibilities
and

every
human
being
is
made
in
the
image
of
God
                     privileges
that
accompany
citizenship.


(Genesis
1:26‐28).
Immigrants
are
made
in
the
image
           •   That
the
government
legislate
fair
labor
and

of
God
and
have
supreme
value
with
the
potential
to
               civil
laws
for
all
residing
within
the
United

contribute
greatly
to
society.
Jesus
exemplifies
                  States
that
reflect
the
best
of
this
country’s

respect
toward
others
who
are
different
in
his
                    heritage.

treatment
of
the
Samaritans
(Luke
10:30‐37;
John
4:1‐          •   That
immigration
enforcement
be
conducted

42).
[…]
                                                          in
ways
that
recognize
the
importance
of
due

                                                                   process
of
law,
the
sanctity
of
the
human

Motivated
by
the
desire
to
offer
a
constructive
word
              person,
and
the
incomparable
value
of
family.

for
the
country’s
complicated
immigration
situation

and
guided
by
the
Scripture,
the
National
Association
     Resolution
of
the
Board
of
Directors
of
the
National

of
Evangelicals
calls
for
the
reform
of
the
immigration
   Association
of
Evangelicals
(NAE),
representing
40

system.
We
believe
that
national
immigration
policy
       denominations,
scores
of
evangelical
organizations

should
be
considerate
of
immigrants
who
are
already
       and
millions
of
American
evangelicals,
adopted

here
and
who
may
arrive
in
the
future
and
that
its
        October
8,
2009.

measures
should
promote
national
security
and
the
         www.nae.net/resolutions/347‐immigration‐2009

general
welfare
in
appropriate
ways.
Building
upon
        

biblical
revelation
concerning
the
migration
of
people
    

and
the
values
of
justice
and
compassion
championed

                                                           

Presbyterian
Church
USA
                                      5.
Affirm
the
right
of
each
congregation,
presbytery,


                                                             and
our
denomination
as
a
whole,
to
speak
out
clearly

2.
Affirm
that
our
denomination,
mindful
of
the
              and
constantly
to
the
media
and
others
regarding
the

current
realities
and
threats
to
our
belief
system,
not
      PC(USA)’s
call
to
serve
all
those
in
need
and
to
stand

sway
from
our
solidarity
with,
and
pledge
of
service
         with
the
oppressed,
our
refusal
to
be
deferred
from

to,
all
of
our
brothers
and
sisters
regardless
of
their
      this
mandate,
and
our
willingness
to
break
laws
that

race,
creed,
color,
nationality,
or
residency
status.
        forbid
us
to
live
out
our
responsibilities
to
God
and
to

3.
Affirm
those
Presbyterian
congregations
and
               our
brothers
and
sisters
who
do
not
have
U.S.

presbyteries
that
are
already
standing
alongside
             residency
documents…

immigrants
and
are
actively
engaged
in
acts
of
                                                                         

compassion,
empowerment,
and
advocacy.
                       Excerpted
from
the
“Presbyterian
Policy
on

4.
Challenge
each
Presbyterian
congregation
and
              Immigration”
of
the
217th
General
Assembly
(2006)
on

presbytery
to
embrace
a
comprehensive
approach
to
            Advocacy

and
Welcome
for
All
Immigrants

“advocacy
and
welcome”
for
immigrants
that
                   http://oga.pcusa.org/immigration/pdf/immigration‐
includes,
at
the
very
minimum:
                               resolution‐2006.pdf

     a.

 an
opportunity
for
hard‐working
immigrants
         

          who
are
already
contributing
to
this
country
       Reform
Judaism

          to
come
out
of
the
shadows,
regularize
their

          status
upon
satisfaction
of
reasonable
criteria,
   As
a
community
of
immigrants
and
refugees
with
a

          and,
over
time,
pursue
an
option
to
become
         long
history
of
sojourning
in
foreign
lands,
American

          lawful
permanent
residents
and
eventually
          Jews
have
a
unique
responsibility
to
ensure
that
the

          United
States
citizens;
                            rights
of
non‐citizens
are
protected
by
our
nation’s

     b.

 reforms
in
our
family‐based
immigration
            immigration
policy.
Just
as
our
ancestors
were

          system
to
significantly
reduce
waiting
times
       permitted
to
reunite
their
families
and
resettle

          for
separated
families
who
currently
wait
          refugees
from
their
lands
of
origin
to
their
newly

          many
years
to
be
reunited;
                         adopted
homelands,
today’s
immigrant
communities

     c.

 the
creation
of
legal
avenues
for
workers
and
      deserve
similar
opportunities.


          their
families
who
wish
to
migrate
to
the
U.S.

          to
enter
our
country
and
work
in
a
safe,
legal,
    THEREFORE,
the
Union
for
Reform
Judaism
resolves

          and
orderly
manner
with
their
rights
fully
         to:


          protected;
and

     d.

 border
protection
policies
that
are
consistent
         1. Call
for
a
comprehensive
and
generous
United

          with
humanitarian
values
and
with
the
need
                States
immigration
policy
that
treats
all

          to
treat
all
individuals
with
respect,
while
              immigrants
justly
and
reflects
the
basic

          allowing
the
authorities
to
carry
out
the
                 principles
of
human
dignity
and
human
rights;


          critical
task
of
identifying
and
preventing
            2. Oppose
enforcement‐only
legislation
while

          entry
of
terrorists
and
dangerous
criminals,
as
           maintaining
support
for
effective
and
humane

          well
as
pursuing
the
legitimate
task
of
                   border
security
to
curb
illegal
immigration
as

          implementing
American
immigration
policy.
                 part
of
a
comprehensive
immigration
policy;


     e.

 a
call
for
living
wages
and
safe
working
               3. Support
legislation
providing
for
pathways
to

          conditions
for
workers
of
United
States‐                   earned
citizenship
for
undocumented

          owned
companies
in
other
countries;
                       immigrants
that
reflect
fair
and

     f.

 a
call
for
greater
economic
development
in
                compassionate
eligibility
standards;


          poor
countries
to
decrease
the
economic
                4. Call
on
the
Department
of
Homeland
Security

          desperation,
which
forces
the
division
of
                 to
ensure
that
the
Immigration
and
Customs

          families
and
migration.
                                   Enforcement
units
act
within
the
framework

                                                                     of
U.S.
law,
which
requires
court‐ordered

     search
warrants,
due
process,
and
humane
             Excerpted
from
the
resolution
“Support
of

     treatment
of
detainees
and
their
families.

          Comprehensive
Immigration
Reform
in
the
United

5.   Call
for
Congress
and
the
Administration
to
          States,”
submitted
by
the
Commission
on
Social

     adopt:

                                              Action
of
Reform
Judaism
to
the
69th
Union
for

          a. Fair
and
expeditious
processes
to
deal
       Reform
Judaism
General
Assembly
Adopted
–

              with
the
problems
of
family
                 December
14,
2007

              separation
and
backlogs
in
resolving
        http://urj.org/about/union/governance/reso/?syspag
              applications
for
citizenship,
asylum,
       e=article&item_id=1917

              and
visas,

                                 

          b. Provisions
that
would
allow
                  Southern
Baptist
Convention

              undocumented
immigrants
in
the

              process
of
applying
for
legal
status
to
     WHEREAS,
As
citizens
of
the
heavenly
Kingdom
and

              remain
in
the
U.S.;

                        members
of
local
congregations
of
that
Kingdom,
we

6.   Support
measures
to
clarify
that
enforcement
         also
have
a
biblical
mandate
to
act
compassionately

     of
federal
immigration
law
is
the
exclusive
          toward
those
who
are
in
need
(Matthew
25:34‐40),

     province
of
the
appropriate
federal
legal
            love
our
neighbors
as
ourselves
(Matthew
22:39),
and

     authorities
by:

                                     to
do
unto
others
as
we
would
have
them
do
unto
us

          a. Opposing
efforts
by
non‐federal
              (Matthew
7:12);
and…
              entities
and
local
law
enforcement

              officers
to
enforce
federal
                 WHEREAS,
The
federal
government
has
not
only
failed

              immigration
law;

                           to
control
the
borders
but
failed
in
its
responsibility
to

          b. Opposing
efforts
by
non‐federal
              enforce
the
immigration
laws,
not
only
with
regard
to

              entities
to
establish
punitive
              the
individuals
who
are
here
illegally,
but
also
with

              regulations
or
legislation
targeting
        regard
to
the
employers
who
knowingly
hire
them;

              undocumented
immigrants;

                   and
7.   Support
legislation
that
recognizes
the

     contribution
of
immigrants
to
the
U.S.
               WHEREAS,
There
are
reportedly
12
million
immigrants

     economy
and
labor
force
by
providing
                 and
counting
who
are
living
and
working
in
America

     increased
opportunities
for
immigrants
to
            without
legal
status,
many
of
whom
have
children

     work
legally
in
the
United
States
through
            who
are
American
citizens
by
birth;
and
     temporary
worker
visas;


8.   Support
legislation
and
policies
that
address
        WHEREAS,
Many
of
these
hardworking
and
otherwise

     the
causes
of
illegal
immigration
including
          law‐abiding
immigrants
have
been
exploited
by

     legislation
that:

                                   employers
and
by
others
in
society,
contrary
to
James

          a. Increases
the
number
of
visas
                5:4;
now,
therefore,
be
it
…

              allowing
unskilled
laborers
to
work
in

              the
U.S.
legally;

                          RESOLVED,
That
we
urge
the
federal
government
to

          b. Increases
guest
worker
programs
and
          enforce
all
immigration
laws,
including
the
laws

              temporary
worker
visas;
and

                directed
at
employers
who
knowingly
hire
illegal

          c. Addresses
the
U.S.
policies
that
             immigrants
or
who
are
unjustly
paying
these

              contribute
to
the
flow
of
immigrants;

      immigrants
substandard
wages
or
subjecting
them
to

9.   Oppose
the
exploitation
of
immigrants
in
the
         conditions
that
are
contrary
to
the
labor
laws
of
our

     workplace
and
encourage
employers
to
                 country;
and
be
it
further
     maintain
the
highest
safety
standards
and

     provide
fair
and
just
compensation
for
all
           RESOLVED,
That
we
urge
citizen
Christians
to
follow

     workers;
…
                                           the
biblical
principle
of
caring
for
the
foreigners

                                                       
   among
us
(Deuteronomy
24:17‐22)
and
the
command

                                                           of
Christ
to
be
a
neighbor
to
those
in
need
of

assistance
(Luke
10:30‐37),
regardless
of
their
racial
    their
willingness
to
extend
support
and
sanctuary
to

or
ethnic
background,
country
of
origin,
or
legal
         individuals
who
may
be
unjustly
targeted
for

status;
and
be
it
further                                  deportation.



RESOLVED,
That
we
encourage
Christian
churches
to
         Excerpted
from
the
UUSC
Statement
on
Immigration,

act
redemptively
and
reach
out
to
meet
the
physical,
      adopted
October
16,
2007

emotional,
and
spiritual
needs
of
all
immigrants,
to
      www.uusc.org/content/uusc_statement_immigration

start
English
classes
on
a
massive
scale,
and
to
          

encourage
them
toward
the
path
of
legal
status
            United
Church
of
Christ

and/or
citizenship;


                                                           As
Christians
we
are
called
to
love
our
neighbors
and

Excerpted
from
the
resolution
“On
the
Crisis
of
Illegal

                                                           provide
hospitality
to
strangers.
“When
an
alien

Immigration,”
adopted
by
the
Southern
Baptist

                                                           resides
with
you
in
your
land,
you
shall
not
oppress

Convention
meeting
in
June
2006

                                                           the
alien.
The
alien
who
resides
with
you
shall
be
to

www.sbc.net/resolutions/amResolution.asp?ID=1157

                                                           you
as
the
citizen
among
you;
you
shall
love
the
alien



                                                           as
yourself,
for
you
were
aliens
in
the
land
of
Egypt.”

Unitarian
Universalist
                                    Leviticus
19:33‐34


UUSC
calls
on
Congress
to
avoid
partisan
politics
and
     Therefore
we
call
for
comprehensive
immigration

to
expeditiously
enact
comprehensive
immigration
          reform
legislation
to
establish
a
safe
and
humane

reform
that
will
protect
the
human
rights
of
the
10
to
    immigration
system,
consistent
with
our
values,
that:


20
million
undocumented
immigrants
who
live
in
the

United
States.
Such
legislation
must
also
include
a
         •
 creates
a
process
for
undocumented

clear
and
reasonable
process
through
which
they
can
             immigrants
to
earn
legal
status
and
eventual

attain
the
rights
and
protections
that
they
need
to
             citizenship;

participate
fully
in
our
society.
Channels
for
lawful
       •

 upholds
family
unity
as
a
priority
of
immigration

immigration
need
to
be
generated
in
proportion
to
               policies;


the
demand
for
labor,
and
policy
reforms
should
             •

 protects
immigrant
and
native‐born
workers
in

include
provisions
for
guaranteeing
due
process
and
             their
workplaces;


for
improving
the
wages
and
working
conditions
of
           •

 aligns
border
and
internal
enforcement
policies

low‐wage
immigrant
workers.

                                    with
humanitarian
values
and
due
process

                                                                 protections

At
the
same
time,
legislative
reform
is
not
the
only
        •

 provides
every
detainee
with
access
to
their

avenue
to
upholding
the
rights
of
immigrants.
It
is
             attorney,
family,
and
faith
leader,
and
ensures

also
necessary
to
promote
community
development
                 humane
treatment
in
accord
with
state,
federal,

through
grassroots
education
and
leadership,
and
to
             and
international
law;

and

combat
structuralized
racism,
classism,
and
sexism
to
       •

 allows
undocumented
young
adults
who
grew

remove
the
barriers
that
prevent
people
from
fully
              up
in
this
country
to
work,
pay
in‐state
tuition

realizing
their
rights.

                                        for
higher
education,
and
join
the
military,
and

                                                                 be
eligible
for
legal
status
and
eventual

UUSC
stands
in
solidarity
with
the
American
people,
             citizenship
(the
DREAM
Act).

and
immigrant
communities
and
their
advocates
as

they
work
toward
achieving
specific
policy
objectives
     We
also
call
for
international
policy
reforms
to

that
flow
out
of
the
principles
we
enunciate.
We
also
     alleviate
the
hardships
that
make
emigration

stand
proudly
with
those
Unitarian
Universalist
           necessary.

churches
that,
with
the
support
of
the
Unitarian

Universalist
Association,
have
courageously
declared

  •
 Cancel
onerous
and
excessive
debt
held
by
poor
         leadership
in
moving
the
immigration
agenda
to
the

     countries.
                                             forefront
of
public
discourse
and
decision
making.





  •
 Renegotiate
trade
and
investment
treaties,
             
We
call
upon
President
Obama
and
all
Congressional

     starting
with
the
North
American
Free
Trade
            leaders
to
support
comprehensive
immigration

     Agreement.

                                            reform
that
would:


In
addition,
the
General
Synod
has
repeatedly
called
            •   Provide
a
pathway
to
citizenship
for

for
changes
in
our
policies
and
treatment
of
                        immigrants.

immigrants
including:
                                           •   Reunify
immigrant
families
that
have
been

  •

 more
humane
border
policies
and
the
end
of
                    separated
by
immigration
itself
or
due
to

      unjust
treatment
and
harassment
of
immigrants
                 work
place
raids
and
ensuing
indefinite

      both
at
the
border
and
throughout
the
country,


              detentions
and
deportations.

  •
 the
development
of
international
programs
and
              •   Increase
the
number
of
visas
for
short‐term

      policies
to
alleviate
poverty
and
the
oft‐                     workers
to
come
into
the
United
States
to

      accompanying
sense
of
desperation
which
                       work
in
a
safe,
legal,
and
orderly
way.

      propels
people
to
emigrate;
and

                          •   Extend
legal
protection
to
all
workers
who

  •

 policies
that
allow
immigrant
workers
and
their
               come
to
stay
for
a
certain
period
of
time
as

      families
to
live
and
work
in
a
safe,
legal,
orderly
           well
as
for
those
who
stay
permanently

      and
humane
manner.

                                           including
the
right
to
bargain
for
higher


                                                                    wages,
to
protest
against
poor
working

UCC's
Immigration
Coordination
Committee
                            conditions,
and
to
preserve
their
human

www.ucc.org/justice/immigration/CIR‐principles.html
                 rights
as
workers,
be
they
documented
or

                                                                     undocumented.

United
Methodist
Church
                                         •   Eliminate
privately‐operated
detention

                                                                     centers,
which
are
not
regulated
by
the

Our
calling
as
followers
of
Jesus
the
Christ
is
to
stand
            federal
or
state
governments,
and
end
all

in
solidarity
with
our
immigrant
neighbors
and
to
                   indiscriminate
raids.

advocate
for
justice
on
their
behalf.
The
United

Methodist
Church
affirms
the
inherent
dignity,
value,
       Just
and
humane
immigration
reform
will
put
an
end

and
human
rights
of
all
immigrants
regardless
of
their
      to
much
of
the
human
suffering
of
our
immigrant

legal
status.
We
acknowledge
that
all
nations
have
          brothers
and
sisters,
bringing
them
out
of
the

the
right
to
secure
their
borders,
but
the
primary
          shadows
of
society,
and
integrating
them
into
society

concern
for
Christians
is
the
welfare
of
immigrants
         in
ways
that
will
bring
their
gifts
and
hard
work
to

and
communities.
                                            bear
as
together
we
strive
to
build
communities
of

                                                             justice.

The
Council
of
Bishops
of
The
United
Methodist

Church
is
committed
to
advocate
for
comprehensive
           Excerpted
from
the
“Statement
on
the
U.S.

immigration
reform
that
is
humane
and
effective
and
         Immigration
Situation”
Council
of
Bishops,
The
United

that
upholds
the
human
and
civil
rights
of
                  Methodist
Church
 May
2009

immigrants.
We
affirm
President
Obama
for
his
               http://gbgm‐
                                                             umc.org/global_news/full_article.cfm?articleid=5409

Recommended
Further
Reading
on
Immigration

from
a
Faith
Perspective

Books:



God
Needs
No
Passport:
Immigrants
and
the
Changing
American
Religious
Landscape

by
Peggy
Levitt
(New
Press)



Religion
and
Social
Justice
for
Immigrants

edited
by
Pierrette
Hondagneu‐Sotelo
(Rutgers
University
Press)



God's
Heart
Has
No
Borders:
How
Religious
Activists
Are
Working
for
Immigrant
Rights

by
Pierrette
Hondagneu‐Sotelo
(University
of
California
Press)



Welcoming
the
Stranger:
Justice,
Compassion
&
Truth
in
the
Immigration
Debate

Matthew
Soerens
and
Jenny
Hwang
(InterVarsity
Press)



Trails
of
Hope
and
Terror:
Testimonies
on
Immigration

By
Miguel
A.
De
La
Torre
(Orbis
Books)



And
You
Welcomed
Me:
Migration
and
Catholic
Social
Teaching

Edited
by
Donald
Kerwin
and
Jill
Marie
Gerschutz
(Lexington
Books)



Illegal
People:
How
Globalization
Creates
Migration
and
Criminalizes
Immigrants


David
Bacon
(Beacon
Press)



Immigration
Reform
and
America’s
Unchosen
Future


Otis
L.
Graham
(Authorhouse)



Online
Resources:

For
You
Were
Once
a
Stranger
(Interfaith
Worker
Justice)
http://www.iwj.org/template/page.cfm?id=26



Interfaith
Immigration
Coalition
Resources
http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/index.php/section/Resources/



Christians
for
Comprehensive
Immigration
Reform
(Sojourners)

Welcoming
a
Stranger
Toolkit

http://www.sojo.net/action/alerts/CCIR_toolkit.pdf




United
States
Conference
of
Catholic
Bishops
(USCCB)

Parish
Toolkit

http://www.justiceforimmigrants.org/parish‐kit.html



				
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