Simply talking about reform is not enough. Our families, congregations and communities need meaningful action. Recently, three significant hearings took place before Congress. Each signaled that immigration reform remains a pressing issue.
- Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, called for immigration reform that would allow undocumented migrants to come out of the shadows of American Society. We were encouraged by the Secretary’s testimony that immigration detention must be humane.
- Damon Thibodeaux is a man who was wrongfully accused, placed on Death Row, and held in solitary confinement for almost 15 years before being acquitted. Before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he said that his faith teaches that we should be humane in caring for all people. Unfortunately, solitary confinement is also used in immigration detention, sometimes with devastating consequences for survivors of persecution and torture. We continue to fight for humane alternatives to detention for vulnerable newcomers.
- Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) spoke in front of the House Judiciary committee stating that she was inspired by the collaborative nature of discussion on immigration reform. LIRS stands alongside migrants and refugees by calling for immigration reform that includes our five core principles and will continue to work towards a fair and just solution.
Please visit our action center for ways you can share your voice in support of immigration reform. Your voice can let Congress know that people of faith stand for fair and compassionate reform that welcomes the newcomer and reunites families.