As people of faith, we heed the admonitions in our holy scriptures not to wrong or oppress the “stranger” among us. Unfortunately, we see evidence of such wrongdoing and oppression of immigrants across the country today. While we are pleased that you continue to speak about the need for Congressional action to reform our broken immigration system, in its absence, policy changes are urgently needed to uphold family unity and promote community safety.
We urge you to use your executive power to protect families from separation and to grant deferred action to students who would be eligible for cancellation of removal or a stay of removal under the DREAM Act.
As you said in El Paso this afternoon, “I don’t believe the United States of America should be in the business of separating families. That’s not right. That’s not who we are.”