Today, 40 Lutheran leaders from across the country are walking the halls of Congress, meeting with their elected officials, and advocating for a humane and compassionate overhaul of our current immigration system.
This work by leaders from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, and the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America comes as the bipartisan Gang of Eight senators works furiously to introduce an immigration reform bill.
The leaders are taking part in the 2013 Lutheran Immigration Leadership Summit, which began yesterday in Washington D.C. Participants spent a full day in workshops learning about mobilizing, lobbying, and the policy of immigration reform in preparation for today’s meetings.
Summit participants will meet with Democrats, Republicans, congressional leadership, committee staff, and the Obama Administration, carrying far and wide the message that Lutherans want comprehensive reform to:
- uphold family unity
- include a path to legal citizenship for the 11 million undocumented migrants in the United States
- increase use of alternatives to detention
- provide adequate protections for vulnerable migrants, such as refugees and trafficking victims
As we await the emergence of a reform bill, we ask that you join the efforts of summit participants by visiting the Action Center today to urge your elected officials to pass just and compassionate immigration reform. Thank you for all that you are doing to Stand for Welcome!