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Washington, D.C. –A coalition of activists and leaders from immigrant communities has issued a letter to President Barack Obama, Speaker John Boehner, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell asking for action on immigration reform.
“The president needs to take action now,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World and one of the signatories of the letter. “How can we consider ourselves a morally just society when we force families to live in the dark? How can a country as wealthy and prosperous as ours grossly mistreat our brothers and sisters who come here looking for the chance of a better life?”
The letter, signed by 16 leaders, urges policymakers to fix the failures of our current immigration system by ensuring that families are not torn apart, workers are not mistreated and treated with dignity, and that all who contribute to our communities are not constantly living in fear of being forcibly removed from their loved ones.
“We must ensure that we do not wrong those who sojourn in our lands and instead focus on loving our brothers and sisters,” said Beckmann. “As a country founded on immigration and sustained by our strong moral sense, we cannot continue to play with the lives of millions of families.”
Due to Congress’ failure to implement immigration reform, the president is expected to issue an executive order addressing the immigration issue.
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By Marlysa D. Gamblin and Margot Nitschke
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A brief examination of the biblical approach to health as a hunger issue.
Includes an introduction to the issue, a Scriptural reflection, practical actions you can take, and a prayer.
Thank you for inviting me to preach here at Duke University Chapel. And I especially want to thank the Bread for the World members who have come this morning.
Bruce Puckett urged...
In this issue: Another Great Year for Bread; Catholics Begin Observance of Holy Year of Mercy; Serving on ‘God’s Wave Length’ for 39 Years; and more.
A set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.
For new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists.
Ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists.
Unnecessarily long prison sentences, combined with the lack of rehabilitative programs for people in prison, exacerbate hunger, poverty, and existing inequalities.
Overly harsh mandatory minimum prison sentences have contributed to the rapid increase of our country’s prison population. The...
Learn more about the principles that Bread for the World supports regarding health reform.