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What Undocumented Looks Like

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Jan 13, 2011
Rev. Kirk Loadman-Copeland

Reverend Kirk Loadman-Copeland is a minster at First Univeralist Church of Denver.

The message below went out to Standing on the Side of Love supporters on Thursday, January 13. You can sign-up for these emails here.

As National Standing on the Side of Love Day approaches, I ask for your urgent help for a family in our congregation who exemplifies courageous love. Unlike most married couples, Raul and Judy Cardenas live with the looming fact that their family will soon be torn apart.

Raul Cardenas is one of us — a devoted father, husband, home owner — and faithfully married for eight years to Judy, an American citizen. He is also an “undocumented worker” from Mexico with no legal path to citizenship.

In April 2011, Raul is scheduled to be deported by the Department of Homeland Security. Together, we may be able to stop his deportation.

Video: This is What Undocumented Looks Like

Raul and Judy need your help! Please watch this video to hear their story, then call Homeland Security today at to ask that Raul’s deportation be halted.

In peace,

Reverend Kirk Loadman-Copeland
First Universalist Church of Denver

P.S. Time is of the essence. Please click here to view the video and take action today: http://org.salsalabs.com/o/1272/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5540

7 Responses to “What Undocumented Looks Like”

  1. David Nelson says:

    Dear Pastor Copeland,
    While we are scripturaly inspired to welcome aliens into our land, we are also so inspired to obey the laws of our country. Raul’s story is a sad and all too familiar and common a story. However, he did enter this country illegaly, thus defying the law. He had to know there may be consequences for his choices. In this economy, there are many American citizens who will gladly work for the wages that Raul has been privilaged to enjoy. I feel bad for his child, not for him, as this whole affair is of his own making.

  2. Sun Principe says:

    Thank you for sharing a story of how real people are impacted by unjust actions such as deportation. A person who is settled and has a life here is not a threat to our nation. We have thousands of jobs here that Americans do not want. When was the last time that you all saw a field of strawberries being picked by white teenagers in the summer?

    The institutionalized white supremacy that is so prevalent in our American culture is starting to shake at the foundation as more people who are settled happy and contributing to our society face deportation when all they want is to be here with family.

    It is not a crime to have loved ones across the border. It is a crime to deny good people a path to citizenship and to abuse those who are in the process of being deported. In some cases people are killed in the process of deportation.
    Some are locked away in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “Tent City” in in 123 degrees in Phoenix in summer or stashed away in a warehouse in some undisclosed location.

    Sure those will sit back and quote scripture but relevance does not occur in racist coalition building. There are those who used scripture to justify slavery as well. Just because something is law does not make it right. Laws that tear apart families are immoral and wrong.

    The laws are unjust. The people of Mexico are Indigenous. This was their homeland. We are the invaders.

    When I arrived in the West 12 years ago I was in awe of the blatant racism. No effort to disguise it by many. I had to ask, “who would Jesus leave behind in the desert?”
    The answer? No one. There is your scripture.

    Let us now become awake.

  3. Dick Israel says:

    Good luck and God be with you.

  4. Peter Peterson says:

    January 19, 2011

    There are many reasons why people come to the US from Mexico. One is that we taxpayers subsidize our corporate corn farmers, so that under NAFTA they can sell corn for less that it costs Mexican corm farmers to grow their corn. This has forced over a million Mexican corn farmers off their land.

    I am ashamed that people are OK with tearing children from their parents. This is a form of child abuse. This terrible crime against children must be changed by changing the law.

  5. Sue Smith says:

    Judy and I went to Colorado College together in the 80′s and this video was shared with me and several other classmates on Facebook. I am proud that my fellow Unitarians in Denver are taking on such an enormous and forbidding task in trying to help Raul and Judy and their kids with his plight. As I live near Wichita KS in a hotbed of staunchly conservative political thinking, daily I see so much hatred and prejudice against our Hispanic and Mexican national friends, in particular those who may be undocumented; the sentiment against “illegals” surfaces daily and frankly I find it crude, insensitive and highly offensive. What happened to the Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty’s doctrine, “Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” ?? Have we grown so callous that we can’t find room for forgiveness for those who truly want to pursue a better life for themselves on American soil?

    “Illegal” is only thus in light of the current biased law, and as Sun states above, it is the law that is unjust. Mexican people were in this region long before the Anglo-Americans, as were the Native Americans before them. When did we become such a society of bigoted egocentrists hell-bent on closing our borders to immigration? As Sun also says above, many of the Mexican nationals in this country work the jobs that arrogant, spoiled Americans snub; they are a hardworking and conscientious people, and my own husband will attest to this since his employer is one of those with difficult, dirty and hazardous jobs that typical Americans scorn, and their Mexican national employees are among the hardest-working, most honest and non-complaining people he has ever seen, and they have our utmost respect and friendship. So to see our governement seeking to deport those without documentation is shameful in my opinion; what more documentation do you need than a gainfully employed taxpaying homeowner, married to an American citizen, and parent of American-born children?? COME ON, PEOPLE, where is our sense of human decency and openhearted respect for our fellow men? This law needs to be changed and those who have been here in defiance of it need a way to prove their loyalty and good intentions, and to be permitted to carry on their lives in peace. So thank you Reverend Loadman-Copeland for shouldering this task in one family’s plight; I can only hope it makes a difference for others upon whose shoulders so much of this country is built.

  6. Kathy Lee says:

    In response to David Nelson:

    The laws of our country are not always just. There was a time when the laws of our country allowed for the ownership of slaves. We were to obey them and prosecute those who sought freedom and equality?

    There was a time when it was against the law for women to vote and to serve our military. There was a time when it was not against the law to require children to attend school.

    Is it in the face of unjust laws that we seek the wisdom of scripture and we ask ourselves what would a God of love and compassion want for His creation. Who are we to limit the mercy of a universal and perfect God to the laws created by broken humans who hold power in the United States of America?

  7. Jennifer Garrecht says:

    Well said Sue Smith and Sun Principe! My thoughts, prayers and support are with Raul and Judy.

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