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Immigration Reform: Let’s Make It Happen

Latina mother holding sonOn April 18, ESTHER sponsored an Interfaith panel discussion on immigration reform. Each member of the panel represented a different faith tradition, and each spoke movingly of the need to support immigration reform.

The Bible clearly requires us to treat the “stranger” as ourselves. Leviticus 19:34 says, “The stranger shall be to you as one of your citizens. You shall love him as yourself. For you were strangers in Egypt.” Exodus 23:9 says, “You shall not oppress the stranger. For you know the heart of a stranger. For you were strangers in Egypt.”

ESTHER’s immigration task force has been working for several years to fulfill these commandments with regard to the 11-million undocumented immigrants in this country. Now, an immigration reform bill has been proposed in the Senate, and we must all get behind the effort to pass it and then to implement it in a humane way. Humane immigration reform has many enemies, and this is no time for us to be complacent. Let’s work together to bring reform to fruition.

ESTHER has created postcards you can sign, calling for compassionate and real immigration reform. They are being distributed in our partner congregations, and you can also sign up on our website. Please look for these yellow cards at your place of worship, or fill one out online at ESTHER will collect them and deliver them to our U.S. legislators.

Contact us if your congregation needs (more) postcards.

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