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May 23, 2013
Immigration Bill PASSES to the Senate Floor — and NEXT STEPS for Faith Leaders!

An Important Step Forward: On Tuesday evening, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-5 to allow S-744, the bipartisan Senate Immigration Bill, to pass from the Senate Judiciary Committee for discussion by the whole Senate floor. Republican Senators Graham (SC), Flake (AZ), and Hatch (UT) joined with all committee Democratic Senators to support moving the bill forward, while Senators Grassley (IA), Sessions (AL), Cornyn (TX), Lee (UT), and Cruz (TX) voted against the bill.

May 22, 2013
Faith Voices Help Pass Immigration Bill from Senate Committee to the Full Senate Floor!

On Tuesday evening, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-5 to allow S-744, the bipartisan Senate Immigration Bill, to pass from the Senate Judiciary Committee for discussion by the whole Senate floor. Republican Senators Graham (SC), Flake (AZ), and Hatch (UT) joined with all committee Democratic Senators to support moving the bill forward, while Senators Grassley (IA), Sessions (AL), Cornyn (TX), Lee (UT), and Cruz (TX) voted against the bill.

May 21, 2013
Faith Leaders Herald Strong Vote for Citizenship Immigrants and people of faith continue to pray for affordable path to citizenship as bill moves toward the Senate floor

Rev. Linda McCrae, pastor of Central Christian Church in Indianapolis, answered the call to serve as Moderator of “The People’s Hearing” for Immigration Reform, held in the Hart Senate Office building on Tuesday, May 21st, and sponsored by the PICO (People Improving Communities Through Organizing) network. Read more of her comments in this PICO press release:

May 20, 2013
Legal Update: Cómo Prepararse para una Posible Reforma Migratoria

Si usted es uno de los 11 milliones de personas que esperan ser elegible para la legalización si hay una reforma migratoria este año, hay cosas que puede hacer para protegerse y prepararse AHORA.

How to Prepare for Possible Immigration Reform – English

Cómo Prepararse para una Posible Reforma Migratoria  – Español

 

May 16, 2013
Survey: Cost of Path to Citizenship May Leave Many Aspiring Americans Undocumented

PICO National Network survey of families with undocumented family members reveals need to reduce costs to make Senate bill workable

WASHINGTON — As the Senate Judiciary Committee continues working through amendments on proposed immigration legislation this week, a new membership survey of families who have undocumented family members reveals that high costs from fines and fees are likely to be the greatest barrier to legalization in the Senate proposal, followed by the challenge of providing documentation of employment. See the full survey.

May 15, 2013
National Clergy Leaders Urge Protection of Family Unity as Senate Immigration Markup Proceeds

Washington, DCAs the Senate Judiciary Committee begins the markup of the Immigrant Visa Title II section of the bipartisan immigration bill, prominent clergy leaders are lifting up their prophetic voices and strongly supporting amendments that would strengthen family unity. The faith community remains committed to pro-family immigration reform that unites immigrant families, and is supporting amendments offered by Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) that would restore the ability of U.S. citizens to sponsor their siblings and married children over 30, and allow individuals with registered provisional immigrant status to sponsor their immediate family members outside of the United States.  Read more from Faith in Public Life and Church World Service.

May 14, 2012
Immigration Reform Needs Your Faith Based Voices NOW to Call, Engage, Organize, Write!

Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President, Disciples of ChristDisciples and our ecumenical partners continue to celebrate the bi-partisan legislation for immigration reform introduced in Senate bill S-744 by the “Gang of 8” senators (Republicans Rubio, Flake, McCain, and Graham and Democrats Durbin, Menendez, Schumer, and Bennet) several weeks ago.  Since the bill’s introduction, Disciples’ RIM staff continue to work in partnership with faith colleagues at Church World Service and across many denominations to strengthen the bill, and to identify and support amendments which: protect refugees, asylees, children, and vulnerable populations; promote a pathway towards citizenship and social services; support family unity and diversity visa provisions; and ensure due process, humane enforcement, and support for border communities.

 

May 14, 2013
Senate “Mark Up” of the S-744 Immigration Reform Bill Continues

Immigration Reform - Senate Judiciary CommitteeSenate “Mark Up” of the S-744 immigration reform bill continues TODAY, on May 16th, possibly on the 17th, and likely through next week.  To listen to a LIVE broadcast of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s discussion of amendments to the S744 immigration reform bill.  Tuesday’s, May 14th, discussions will focus on TITLE IV amendments related to VISAs and employment topics. To locate a list of ALL amendments grouped by the senator who introduced them and also by title area in the bill.

 

May 10, 2013
Moms Rally at White House to Stop Deportations

UCC Pastor Noel Anderson of Church World Service’s Refugee and Immigration programs joins with Disciples Home Missions Refugee and Immigration Ministries Director Rev. Sharon Stanley-Rea in front of the White House for a Mother’s Day vigil in support of parents and children who have been separated due to detention and deportation. Rev. Stanley-Rea led in opening prayer, followed by stories of family members suffering from separation this Mother’s Day. See the full article here.

 

May 10, 2013
Legal Update: How to Prepare for Possible Immigration Reform

If you are one of the approximately 11 million individuals hoping to be eligible for legalization if immigration reform passes this year, there are some things you can do NOW to protect yourself and get ready. Read more.

May 1, 2013
Disciples and UCC celebrate Immigrant Rights Sunday – May 5

You are invited to join the Central Pastoral Office for Hispanic Ministries in offering special prayers of intercession on Sunday, May 5. This is part of a joint effort along with the United Church of Christ. We urge congregations to lift up immigrants on this day: to learn about their concerns, honor their contributions to our country and communities, hear their pain, pray for their well-being, and listen to hear where God is leading us regarding issues of immigration. See ucc.org and obrahispana.org for more information.

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