MFSA Voices, August 2017

That means you must also love immigrants because you were once immigrants in Egypt.

-Deuteronomy 10:19

The current administration is considering rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program this week. If the DACA program is revoked, nearly 700,000 people currently employed would lose their ability to legally work over the next two years.

DACA creates an avenue for individuals brought to the United States before the age of 16 to apply to live and work in the country legally. The program now protects nearly 800,000 of our neighbors, colleagues, family and friends from deportation.

As justice-seeking people of faith and United Methodists “we recognize, embrace, and affirm all persons, regardless of country of origin, as members of the family of God. We affirm the right of all persons to equal opportunities for employment, access to housing, health care, education, and freedom from social discrimination. We urge the Church and society to recognize the gifts, contributions, and struggles of those who are immigrants and to advocate for justice for all. We oppose immigration policies that separate family members from each other or that include detention of families with children, and we call on local churches to be in ministry with immigrant families.” UMC Social Principles 

Contact your legislators today and ask them to appeal directly to President Trump to keep DACA in place, as well as introduce and pass legislation that protects DACA recipients. Please be sure to make three calls (one call to your representative and a call to each of your senators). The number to the capitol switchboard is 202-224-3121.

Your voice makes sacred change possible. Contact your elected officials today and invite others to join you in seeking justice for DACA recipients.

Seeking Justice Together,
Deaconess Darlene DiDomineck
Interim Executive Director

Sample script for calling your legislators:
“My name is XXXXX. I am a constituent and justice-seeking person of faith. I recognize, embrace, and affirm all persons, regardless of country of origin, as members of the family of God. I affirm the right of all persons to equal opportunities for employment, access to housing, health care, education, and freedom from discrimination. DACA participants are our neighbors, colleagues, friends and family members. I urge you to appeal to directly to President Trump to keep DACA in place as well as introduce and pass bipartisan legislation that protects DACA recipients.  Thank You.”

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