WASHINGTON—As the government shutdown ends and more than 10,000 people of faith complete 40 days of prayer and fasting, faith communities across America are calling on members of Congress to live up to their moral duty to enact just and humane immigration reform.
“Now that the government shutdown has ended, we are buoyed by the fact that there is now space for House leadership to bring immigration reform to a vote,” says Sister Janet Mock, CSJ, Executive Director of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
All are invited to the table and join members of the Interfaith Immigration Coalitionon Friday, October 18 as we celebrate over 10,000 people in 46 states participating in 40 Days Fast Action for Immigration Reform and recommit to carrying on the struggle for a just, fair and compassionate immigration reform. Pastor Michael D. Wilker of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation will lead us in prayer, share his own experience of the these 40 days of Fast Action, and invite us to share a meal.
Where: Meet at United Methodist Building at 100 Maryland Avenue for a process to Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC 20003 (close to South Capitol metro stop on the Blue Line and Union Station metro stop on the Red Line).
When: 11:15-12:30 PM.
What: We will have a call to the table litany, scripture readings, testimonies from fasters, and food to break the fast.
Please RSVP to Deborah Martinez at email@example.com or by phone at 202-626-7939.
The Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, allows some families to purchase health insurance through new online exchanges. Some families may also qualify for subsidies to help pay their premiums.
Some immigrants, including many who do not qualify for public benefits such as Medicare and Medicaid, can participate in the exchanges. Other immigrants cannot. Read more.
WASHINGTON – In the midst of a government shutdown, a coalition of members in the House of Representatives today took a critical step forward to achieve immigration reform by introducing a bill that provides a road to citizenship for most immigrants living and working in the U.S. without papers. The House bill consists of the core of the Senate’s bi-partisan immigration bill, passed earlier this summer, replacing the Senate bill’s “border surge” with the bipartisan House Border Security Results Act (H.R. 1417). Read more.
The government shutdown affects some immigration services but not others. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) remains open. If you have an appointment with USCIS, you should still attend. If you have an immigration court hearing scheduled, contact your lawyer. If you do not have a lawyer or have questions contact Disciples Immigration Legal Counsel. Read more.
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