It’s been a big couple of weeks for immigration.
Two weeks ago at Synod, the CRCNA adopted the Report on the Migration of Workers (see here: http://www.crcna.org/news.cfm?newsid=2023§ion=1) which, among other things, calls the denomination to education and advocacy towards a more just immigration system. During discussion of the report, pastors told story after story of the pain that the broken US laws are causing their members. If it wasn’t clear before, it’s now crystal: the CRCNA is still a denomination of immigrants, and thus that church suffers when immigration laws are so unjust.
And then today President Obama gave a speech on immigration (here's the text: http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2010/07/01/transcript-of-obamas-immigratio...), committing again to call on congress to enact immigration reform. To lots of us who have been watching this administration worsen instead of improve the most unjust practices of US immigration enforcement, this was a cup of cold water. After months of increasing raids, increasing deportations of undocumented immigrants, increasing targeting of non-criminal immigrants, we were dying for a little good news. Today we got it.
At the Office of Social Justice, we were most heartened to hear the President emphasize the importance of family unity, his support for a pathway to earned citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and his support for the DREAM Act – all of which we’ve been encouraging church members to advocate for. (You can see OSJ's advocacy opportunities here: http://www.crcna.org/pages/osj_actioncenter.cfm)
It’s nice to have weeks like these: where we’re taken to new places, planning for new opportunities, responding to new responsibilities. Justice isn’t flowing like a river yet, but maybe it’s starting to smell like rain.
How has your congregation responded to the presence of immigrants in your community? To Synod's decision on the Migration Report? To the political conversation about immigration?