This month marks yet another crucial chapter in the quest for comprehensive immigration reform. Unfortunately, the story might be dying. Most voters want it. A strong bipartisan group began the debate in the Senate. Even a broad coalition of Evangelicals got behind the issue. Everyone from farmers to tech companies to economists have acknowledged our broken system and pushed for common sense reform.
And yet, we still find ourselves trying to convince the House of Representatives to consider passing legislation that would rewrite US immigration law for the first time in a generation.
Just last month, the US Senate passed a bipartisan bill which included an increase in border security, an increased number of visas for high-skilled workers, and an earned pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants (S.744).
As members of the House return home to their constituents for the August recess, we are facing a vital moment in the history of our nation’s narrative. At this current juncture, there are no concrete plans to begin debating immigration legislation when they return. This is an important time to voice your opinions to your representatives. What they hear now may very well determine the direction of the immigration debate, as well as the very lives of many of our neighbors and friends.
Despite the challenges, hope remains for an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants. Bipatisan support is growing stronger by the day. Washington State Representative Dave Reichert recently became the 22nd Republican Rep. to publicly support immigration reform.
But there is much work to be done. Here’s what you can do to help:
- Sign the Washington Compact which outlines WA State’s discussion on immigration reform.
- Visit www.worldrelief.org/advocate to write an email and call your Member of Congress.
- Submit an op-ed to your local publication.
- Attend a town hall meeting to voice your opinion to your representative.
- Talk about immigration reform at your workplace, in your congregation and with your family.
- For more detailed information, see World Relief’s August Recess Toolkit.
- Join us in prayer and reflection on how we can better serve our neighbors.