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Very Little Time for Immigration Reform


A group of advocates gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol, on June 27, 2013, to pray for compassionate, comprehensive immigration reform (Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World).
 
By Eric Mitchell
 
On Friday, we met with the staff of House Speaker John Boehner and personally delivered a Mother’s Day card, signed by more than 3,300 supporters, encouraging him to bring immigration reform up for a vote.
 
That card was an important demonstration of support, but there’s one thing you can do now to really make waves. Now your representative needs to tell Speaker Boehner that the House must pass immigration reform.
 
There is a short window of time for the House of Representatives to act on immigration reform. There are only 35 legislative days left before the August recess. Let your represenative know that this is a priority for you!
 
Call (800-826-3688) or email your representative and urge him or her to push for votes on immigration reform.
 
Our broken immigration system is separating mothers from their children and other family members, often leaving them struggling to provide food for their children and relatives. Passing immigration reform isn’t only about justice. It’s about alleviating hunger. One-third of undocumented immigrants live in poverty. Your voice, particularly as a Christian, can help move immigration reform from a list of proposals to a reality.
 
In our meeting with Speaker Boehner’s office, his staff affirmed the importance of the faith community.
 
Immigration reform can happen, but it requires people like you to speak out today and to contact your representative. Nothing is more powerful than a voice motivated by faith and God. People who live in fear of being separated from their brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, fathers, and mothers—or of never seeing them again — cannot wait.
 
Eric Mitchell is Bread for the World's director of government relations.

 

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