Immigration Reform: “My Faith, My Vote”

On March 21, tens of thousands of people marched on the National Mall for “humane immigration reform that keeps families together.” Watch some of the religious leaders who participated in an interfaith prayer service before the march, including Rev. Peg Chemberlin president of the National Council of Churches; Elder Ricardo Moreno of Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles; Rev. Jennifer Kottler, director of policy and advocacy at Sojourners in Washington, DC; Rabbi Daryl Crystal of Har Sinai Congregation in Owings Mills, Maryland; Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd of Bull Run Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Manassas, Virginia; Cardinal Roger Mahony of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles; and Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

  • Judith

    I believe it to be ethically inconsistant to allow some people to immigrate – particularly those with a strong specialty, such as doctors – yet not allow their families in. What are we so afraid of? Immigrants don’t usually sink local economies, they boost them. Look at the facts, maybe even take a look at your Bible.

  • Jsmith

    Families can’t be together in Mexico? Honduras? China? News to me.

    These families made a choice to come to the US illegally. I refuse to be held responsible for this action. Those who choose to come to this country should do so legally. When it is done in this manner, families will not be divided by ICE. Lawbreakers must be punished or we have no rule of law.

    Deport them now. Deport them all.

  • Katherine Gotthardt

    It’s so refreshing to hear advocating for compassionate immigration reform. Immigrants have contributed much to our society. Let’s make this right in a just, productive way that continues to support our country without oppressing anyone. It CAN be done.

  • JKamper

    I am absolutely against immigration that is illegal, but I think it is disgusting how corporations who hire illegal immigrants are not held accountable, while the immigrants are put in jail and their families separated. I want businesses who hire illegal immigrants to face harsh consequences. American companies that perpetuate illegal immigration are just as punishable, if not more so, as the immigrants themselves.

  • Clayton Childers

    I feel for these people, many poor, many who have left friends and family behind in the search of a better life for themselves and their families. Is this not the story of millions of Americans of previous generations. As people of faith we should show compassion for the least of these among us and stand with them against oppressive systems in whatever form these take.

    As Christians what do we do with passages like Leviticus 19:34 “The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself,for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”???

  • Christina

    A good deal of the recent immigration from Mexico was fueled by the inability of small farmers, particularly those growing corn, to compete with agricultural imports that flooded the country after NAFTA. Trade agreements that are designed for people and small business rather than transnational corporations would go a long way toward developing strong economies outside the US, thus reducing the push factors for migration. People would certainly prefer to stay with their extended families rather than brave the dangers of illegal emigration.

  • Mark

    My grandparents came to this country legaly! Why does Mexico believe they can do whatever the hell they want? Stay home and improve your own country!

  • Debbie

    Sometimes it is necessary to do something “illegal” to do what is right. Our founding fathers would be considered treasonous if they had not won their revolution. It is true that some come to this country to be criminal, but the vast majority come to better their lives and the lives of their families. They contribute to this great society and make it better.