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to Stop Oppression

Compassionate Immigration Reform

Love has no borders, love keeps families together, love respects the inherent worth and dignity of all people.

UPDATED: May 2014

In June of 2013, the U.S. Senate passed historic comprehensive immigration reform legislation. Standing on the Side of Love supporters have been instrumental faith voices, standing in solidarity with our immigrant justice partners across the country. From California to Florida to New York, you have been putting your faith into action, and it is so important we keep this work up! The U.S. House of Representatives has until the end of this year to pass a companion bill, so that much needed immigration reform will finally become a reality.

We must continue to raise our voices for an immigration reform bill in the House that promotes justice and compassion, and keeps families together. We helped get the Senate bill passed in June and we remain hopeful that the legislation will be improved before it is signed into law.

We have some great opportunities for advocates, like you, to get involved.

Call Congress Today!

Take five quick minutes to lift up your voice for immigration reform that keeps families together and treats all those who live in the United States with dignity and respect. Call the CAPITOL SWITCHBOARD at: (202) 224-3121.

Here’s a sample script:

Hello,

My name is INSERT YOUR NAME from (CONGREGATION/ CITY).

I am calling today to let Representative _______ know that I believe we need
commonsense immigration reform with an earned pathway to citizenship. We need to end
this moral crisis that separates families.

INSERT BRIEF PERSONAL STORY

As a nation committed to family values, we must ensure families of all backgrounds have the
opportunity to reunite with their loved ones. It is time we welcome the 11 million aspiring Americans
out of the shadows and into the long legacy of immigration that helped establish this country.

Can I count on Representative ___________________ to support commonsense immigration reform
with a pathway to citizenship?

Thank you.

Meet with Your House Representatives

In-district visits with your members of Congress are one of the most effective ways to ensure that your voice is heard in this debate. Join our group of faithful activists committed to ensuring that immigration reform is compassionate and keeps families together.

Never visited a member of Congress before? Don’t worry–we’ve got you covered! Here’s what to do:

Can’t organize your own in-district visit? You can also sign up to join an Interfaith Worker Justice delegation here or get connected with your local UU state advocacy network or congregation-based community organizing (CBCO) affiliate.

Learn About the Legislation

Check out our talking points to learn more about the legislation and our advocacy strategy. For details on the bills that have been introduced in the House, see resources from the National Immigration Law Center and the Interfaith Immigration Coalition. You can also take part in informational webinars–here are some of the most recent:

How Immigration Reform Can Reduce Abuse & Exploitation for Immigrant Women
Sponsored by the Interfaith Immigration Coalition
Download the presentation.

Senate Bill & House Strategy
Sponsored by the Interfaith Immigration Coalition
Download the presentation.

Say “Not One More”

As the debate over immigration reform continues in Washington, so too do the deportations that rip families apart. In response, our partners at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) have launched #Not1More, a collaborative project to expose, confront, and overcome unjust immigration enforcement policies through organizing, art, legislation, and action.

Click here to add your voice and say #Not1More

Witness for Justice

Get together with allies in your community to hold a vigil or visibility event and raise your voices publicly for compassionate immigration reform. If you hold an advocacy meeting with your member of Congress, this is a great time to also witness outside your representative’s district office.

Here are some tips for a successful witness event: