Press Release: Interfaith Leaders Urge President to Act on Immigration
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Boston, MA - In a letter delivered today to President Barack Obama, religious leaders urge the president to take administrative action on the issue of immigration reform.
This letter comes to the president as he continues to weigh executive action in the midst of Congress’ inability to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
In the letter to President Obama, the Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), and five other national faith leaders call for executive action that includes three significant components:
- Stop deportations immediately.
- Expand deferred action to immigrant workers and families.
- Protect unaccompanied children who have sought refuge within the United States border.
Morales was joined on the letter by Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, General Minister and President of United Church of Christ, Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño of the United Methodist Church, Los Angeles Area, Rev. Dr. Susan T. Henry-Crowe, General Secretary, Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church, Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO of Church World Service, and Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
The letter reads in part, “As a nation of immigrants, we must stand on the side of love with immigrant families. As a religious community, we cannot ignore the moral call to help those who are suffering. And as citizens of the world, we must respect the inherent worth and dignity of all.” The complete letter with the list of signatories can be found here.