Tell Congress to Support President Obama’s Deferred Action to Keep Families Together
Some members of Congress have threatened to stop administrative action through legislation, legal action or blocking funding for implementation. The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has supported the call for Immigration Reform and encouraged local communities to participate in ministries of mercy and justice.
It is important for Congress to hear from United Methodists that you support the president expanding deferred action.
“Immigrant families received a word of mercy and a measure of justice,” said Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño (California-Pacific Conference), when she heard about the president’s deferred action executive order<http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=JgfKgxWjlzWxsyQoY%2BfefNMUVhgjrbKA>. “We thank God that these immigrant families can now come out of the shadows and are grateful to President Obama for the strong statement his action sends to the immigrant community and to Congress.”
“This good news was indeed a word of mercy pointing toward a focus on hope and not fear,” said Bishop Julius C. Trimble (Iowa), chairperson, United Methodist Interagency Task Force on Immigration<http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=N22ct67GJxqoxLSrmrNuBNMUVhgjrbKA>.
President Obama has signed fewer executive orders than any president in 130 years. Deferred action is one of the many long-standing forms of prosecutorial discretion available to the Executive Branch. Indeed, every U.S. President since at least 1956<http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=WSfd848yMA8Jd5PSniNFpfVU%2Fh0%2FMsh%2B> has used their authority to offer temporary immigration relief to groups in need. Ronald Reagan used categorical grants of deferred action for large groups of undocumented immigrants in 1987, as did George H.W. Bush in 1990.
The United Methodist Church believes …
To refuse to welcome migrants to this country and to stand by in silence while families are separated, individual freedoms are ignored, and the migrant community in the United States is demonized by members of Congress and the media, is complicity to sin.
The United Methodist Church affirms the worth, dignity and inherent value and rights of every person regardless of their nationality or legal status. (Welcoming the Migrant to the United States<http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=tS%2B2wNjtwNZBTHiA8%2BlOVdMUVhgjrbKA>, Book of Resolutions)
Please call your member of Congress NOW!
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Tell Congress: “My name is _______, and I’m from (City, State, Congregation, Community). As a United Methodist, I support President Obama expanding deferred action to immigrant families. I ask Congress to support this decision and to promote its implementation.”
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