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As our country prepares to make important choices about who will lead it and what direction our nation will take, we come together as immigrant Christians to offer a vision for the future that we believe is reflective of God’s grace and love for all people, including undocumented immigrants. Too often, we hear heard harsh words about immigrants and immigration when, in fact, immigrants come to the United States to work and enrich this country economically and culturally and at great personal risk and sacrifice. As Christian leaders, we embrace our diverse immigrant communities and speak out for immigration policies and actions that reflect God’s heart and ours.
Our call to action is firmly rooted in the Word of God and informed by our experience as immigrants. Our goal is the biblical vision of the beloved community. And as people of faith, we support immigration policies that prioritize human rights, dignity, compassion and justice. Our biblical values inform our actions because immigrants are a source of blessing:
Immigrant communities have at their core the values of faith, family, building community, a stong work ethic, and a belief in the dignity of all people.
The next Congress and the next president must recognize and respect the contributions of immigrants in the United States regardless of their immigration status. They should:
We call on Christians and people of goodwill to acknowledge immigrants as a blessing, and we respond by upholding Jesus' commandment of love and building the beloved community. We are from many corners of the Christian family in the United States. We represent different cultures and often speak different languages. We stand together and will not be silent when our immigrant brothers and sisters are dehumanized. We will tell the truth about immigrants to our country, and we will hold leaders to these high standards when it comes to public debate. We are proud of our immigrant heritage, and we will speak out when immigrants are denigrated or scapegoated in national discourse. In all these ways, we stand together.
By Marlysa D. Gamblin and Kathleen King
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