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Help children in crisis at our border

The Franciscan Action Network (FAN) has shared a simple action that will help children in crisis at the border. The senate is considering rolling back protections provided to these children under the Trafficking Victims Protections Re-authorization Act (TVPRA). FAN is asking for people to call and speak to their senators and ask them to vote no on rolling back protections.

In Wisconsin:

Senator Ron Johnson has said he will vote in favor of rolling back protections

Senator Tammy Baldwin is undecided.

If you wish to call – FAN is asking for folks to tell senator staffers that as a constituent you  urge your representative to vote NO on rolling back protections under TVPRA. If your senators are not in Wisconsin, feel free to ask their staffers how they are planning to vote: you want to hear them say the senator will vote NO on rolling back protections. Click here to learn more about TVPRA.

We will not solve our immigration crisis by criminalizing children and their families. St.Francis’ life call us to stand with these families in crisis and accompany them – not deport and detain them.

From FAN

The position of USCCB/JFI, Interfaith Immigration Coalition, and FAN is NO to rolling back legislation that provides protection for refugee children.  PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATOR with thanks for their NO, or encourage NO for those undecided or not declared, or urge change from YES to NO.  Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121.

SB1070: the path for immigration reform?

Rally for immigrant rights

The battle over SB1070 has gone all the way to the Supreme Court in an effort to untangle where federal rights meet state rights, what constitutes racial profiling, and who at the end of the day is responsible for creating immigration reform.

The government is arguing that the law promotes racial profiling and over steps into a policy area that belongs on a federal level. The states are arguing that they have both a right and an obligation to deal with people who are undocumented within their own contexts and that while the law could create circumstances of racial profiling that would only be if it was abused by law enforcement.

The list of questions presented to the court are all worthy and represent key facets of democracy, human rights, and balance of power. At the heart of these questions is how we understand citizenship. Is it a special status that restricts the distribution of legal rights? Or is it a legal reality that confers on each of us a special responsibility for how we welcome and integrate those who come into our borders?

Sojourners and many other faith leaders feel that it is the latter. In light of that they invite those who feel that SB1070 represents a failure of democracy, human rights, and the balance of powers to write letters to their editors. Check out the link below and join the call to never understand a human being as illegal.

http://faithandimmigration.org/action/no-excuses-delaying-immigration-reform

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