Immigration

ISAIAH Statement on Federal Government “Deal” to Extend Funding

ST. PAUL, Jan. 23, 2018 — Yesterday, Congress voted to pass a short-term continuing resolution to fund government operations through February 8.

We lament this failure of leadership on the part of both major parties.

Republicans, who control Congress as well as the White House, have failed for months to fund CHIP, an essential healthcare program serving 9 million children. In addition, they have failed to protect the lives of 800,000 young people who were born in another country and were protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Republican leadership have divisively and maliciously pitted the lives and health of these two groups of young people against each other.

Democrats, including Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, once again have failed to stand up for our immigrant brothers and sisters, and have caved on this false choice in the Republican’s cynical ploy. They caved in with no real assurance of a clean DREAM Act that would protect immigrant youth. They caved in without winning other important priorities like disaster relief funding for Americans in Puerto Rico and Virgin Island. In the meantime, over 122 Dreamers lose their status every day and face urgent danger of deportation and detention because DACA was not addressed in today’s deal.

Our faith calls us to lament these actions on the part of our elected officials. We will continue to bear witness and hold them accountable to their actions which violate our faith values. We will continue to organize to transform our communities, our state and our nation.

 

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Faith Communities Across Minnesota Declare Their Place of Worship ‘Sanctuary’ for Immigrants Seeking Refuge

St. Paul, Minn. Dec. 7, 2016 — Yesterday, 100 Minnesota clergy and faith leaders from across the state gathered at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in St. Paul to declare their place of worship as a space of Sanctuary to immigrants seeking refuge. This stance of faith is in response to the President Elect’s planned policies that target immigrants while tearing their families and the country apart through mass deportation.

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Minnesota Drivers’ Licenses and Immigrants

As people of faith, we believe that every human being has sacred worth and is created in the image of God. The current situation in our nation where millions of immigrant families live in fear of separation, vulnerable to abuse, and unable to fully live out their God-given gifts is morally unacceptable.  Only our President and U.S. Congress can fix our broken immigration system.

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After Walking for Nearly a Week, Pilgrims for Citizenship find that Rep. Paulsen Chooses to Ignore Constituents

“The Fate of Our Families is in Rep. Paulsen’s Hands,” Say Faith Leaders.

On Friday, November 8th, 75 clergy, faith leaders and immigrant families ended a six-day pilgrimage with a Mass and prayer vigil outside Rep. Erik Paulsen’s office. The pilgrims walked 36 miles in solidarity with 11 million aspiring Americans to call on Rep. Paulsen to publicly support immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship.

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Minnesota Pilgrimage for Citizenship Video | Channel 12 News – 11/5/13

As part of a national effort to move Congress to fix our broken immigration system, from November 3-8, ISAIAH immigration leaders, in partnership with Catholic Charities Office for Social Justice, embarked on a symbolic pilgrimage to call for making citizenship a reality for 11 million aspiring Americans.

Watch this powerful 2-minute report on the Minnesota Pilgrimage for Citizenship from Channel 12 in Brooklyn Park, MN.

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