Urging our nation's leaders to end hunger

Act Now: Include Ending Hunger in the Senate Immigration Bill

Photo:  Matt H. Wade/UpstateNYer

By Eric Mitchell

Immigration and hunger are closely related. Each day, individuals make the difficult decision to leave their countries and their families to escape extreme poverty.

Meanwhile, undocumented immigrants in the United States disproportionately experience hunger. That’s why faithful immigration reform must address hunger as an immigration issue both here and abroad. Together, we can make that happen.

This week, the Senate is expected to vote on the bipartisan immigration reform bill (S. 744), and your voice is critical. Amendments will be offered that can increase or decrease hunger.

Call your U.S. senators today! Urge them to support comprehensive immigration reform.

Tell your senators to

  1. support any amendment that addresses the root causes of undocumented immigration, such as extreme poverty in countries of origin; and
  2. oppose any amendments that would make it more difficult for undocumented immigrants to earn a path to citizenship or would prohibit authorized immigrants and their citizen family members from receiving needed assistance such as WIC, SNAP, and EITC benefits.

Bread for the World recognizes that this legislation is far from perfect, but failing to pass comprehensive immigration reform is to perpetuate hunger. Learn more about immigration and hunger here.

We are compelled to act for fair reform of our broken immigration system because of Christ’s compassion for the vulnerable and his call for us to care for the stranger (Matthew 25). As the Senate votes on final passage, we must let our members of Congress know that a faithful constituency is paying attention. Call your U.S. senators at 800-326-4941, or email them, today.

Thank you for continuing to use your voice to help ensure a place at the table for all of God’s children, including the 11 million undocumented immigrants who every day contribute to the economy and greatness of our nation.

Eric Mitchell is Bread for the World's director of government relations.


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