As the U.S. Congress considers various immigration reform proposals, the Senators and Representatives from your state are facing important decisions, and they want to know how to best represent the views of their constituents. As Christian women, inspired and convicted by our faith in the areas that impact immigrants and refugees, we want to join with other Christians in urging our elected officials to act. Please review the letter below and complete the form to affirm your agreement. Women of Welcome, in partnership with our friends at the Evangelical Immigration Table, will deliver the completed letter with the contact information of all signatories to the congressional delegation representing your state.
Dear Members of Congress,
As Christian evangelical pastors, ministry leaders and lay people from across your state, we’re writing to urge you to take a leadership role in forging a bipartisan consensus on immigration policy.
Reforms to our federal immigration laws are long overdue, and we see the negative impacts of a broken immigration system on the immigrant families within our congregations and our communities. Guided by biblical principles, we believe that our immigration system should both facilitate legal immigration – including to protect those fleeing persecution, to reunite families and to strengthen our economy – and ensure secure borders. We can be both a welcoming nation and a safe nation.
We must also finally resolve the situation of immigrants who are residing in the country unlawfully, rejecting the untenable approaches of mass deportation, blanket amnesty or the status quo. A better solution – which would both honor the law and keep families together – is outlined in an Evangelical Call for Restitution-Based Immigration Reform, which we join thousands of evangelical Christians throughout the country in affirming.
Of particular urgency, immigrants who have already been residing lawfully in the country for many years – including Dreamers who have benefited from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), who were brought to the U.S. as children but whose ability to remain and work lawfully in the U.S. could be imperiled by pending judicial challenges – should be offered an expedited process to apply for permanent legal status and eventual citizenship.
Our concerns are rooted in our commitment to the authority of the Bible, in which God repeatedly affirms his love and concern for vulnerable foreigners and instructs his people to do the same. God also established the family unit, which compels us to protect family unity wherever possible, and ordains civil authorities to maintain order and seek the common good. We ask you to work collaboratively, across partisan lines, to develop an immigration solution that reflects each of these values, shared by many of your constituents.
We ask you not only to vote for immigration reforms when the time comes, but proactively to lead in forging a bipartisan consensus that will ultimately be able to pass both chambers of Congress and be signed into law. As you do so, we are praying for you and eager to assist you in any way that we can.