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Why I Care About Immigration
Originally Posted: 02/12/2014 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

I don’t want you to continue to view immigration as a political debate. It is an issue that affects the lives of real people. I am a child who is the product of a family torn apart by immigration. ...

Four Things I Learned From Fasting
Originally Posted: 01/30/2014 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

I was quite certain that some within my community of influence would disagree with me on this particular spiritual practice, whether theologically, politically, or socially. The pushback I did receive turned o ...

Time To Join the Movement
Originally Posted: 01/23/2014 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

As Christians, we should stand with our immigrant neighbors and pledge our support for them as they pledge their allegiance to our nation and it’s future. In how we are to treat one another, through community ...

Religious Leaders' Near-Unanimous Support for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

I do have a layman's interest in the theological justifications being offered in support of (and, perhaps surprisingly, against) comprehensive immigration reform. But for now, I will focus mostly on the p ...

Immigration Reform: It Ain't Over Until God Says It's Done
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

Saying an opening prayer at the Nelson Mandela Memorial Service on Wednesday, in Washington, D.C. was both an honor and a blessing for me. The theme of the homily, by my good friend Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak, was ...

Fast for Families: Reflections from Jim Wallis
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 6:27pm | Type: Blog

This post contains updates from Jim Wallis as he experiences the "Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizenship," taking place on the National Mall. ...

Fast for Families: Joining the Spiritual Battle for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 12/11/2013 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

#FastforFamilies is a an opportunity to pray and fast against violence and fear and for wisdom and discernment in our politicians especially as we are so close to bringing a vote for immigration reform to the ...

Fasting For Biblical Justice
Originally Posted: 12/06/2013 - 12:20pm | Type: Blog

I entered a sun-up to sundown water-only fast as part of the National Call to #Fast4Families on Dec. 3. I fasted because of a strong conviction concerning the broken and unjust realities of the American immigr ...

Fasting for Families and Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

I was grateful to be at the beginning of the Fast for Families on November 12. Courageous leaders from many communities were making an incredible sacrifice to remind our leaders what is really at stake in the ...

Fast for Families: Voters in Steve King’s District Thank Immigration Fasters
Originally Posted: 12/04/2013 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

As the least productive Congress in history begins to wind down its first legislative session, immigration reform is coming to a boil, and Steve King’s own constituents overwhelmingly support immigration refor ...

What You're Not Allowed to Talk About in Washington
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

Business leaders, law enforcement officials, and evangelical Christians—key constituencies that are typically part of the Republican base—have been at the forefront of immigration reform. ...

What Immigration Reform Looks Like
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 1:07pm | Type: Blog

Sojourners has released a powerful video telling the story an undocumented minister following God’s call and faithfully serving a congregation. In the contentious debate on immig ...

It's Time to Fast and Pray
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 6:43pm | Type: Blog

It is time to pray and fast for a change that now feels like a "miracle" in regard to immigration reform. ( Editors Note:  On Nov. 12, faith, immigrant rights, and l ...

United States Conference Of Catholic Bishops Are For Legal Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 10/31/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Press

October 29, 2013 Sojo in the News Dee Dee Garcia Blase ...

Survey: Hispanics Flock to Pope Francis, the Democratic Party
Originally Posted: 09/30/2013 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

A new survey of Hispanic political and religious values finds they’re overwhelmingly Democrats who hold a largely negative view of the Republican Party. A new survey of Hispanic p ...

Rabbis Push Congress on Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 09/18/2013 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

In the midst of the Jewish holiday season, more than 1,200 rabbis and cantors have urged Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. In the midst of the Jewish holiday seas ...

The 5 Rules of Recess
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

While many assume Congress has taken an extended vacation this month, nothing could be further from the truth. Recess is just as important now as it was when we were kids, but the rules have changed. ...

One Courageous Act May Ignite Us All: The DREAM 9
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

We will be fasting, praying, and calling our elected leaders this week to bring awareness to the millions of immigrant families separated by detention, deportation, and border militarization in recent years. J ...

On Scripture: It's the Name on the Front of the Jersey That Matters
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

I am intrigued that a New York-born Puerto Rican is told to go back to Mexico in response to his performance of God Bless America. It seems to me that in some ideological circles, any brown person with the sli ...

Nuns on the Bus Push Congress to Pass Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

The “Nuns on the Bus” are back from their 6,800-mile trek across the U.S., but their hardest job may be yet to come: convincing the Republican-led House to pass immigration reform. ...

The Dream 9: Praying God Will Make a Way
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

They are tired of justifying their own existence, weary of hearing their hard-working, courageous parents derided as “illegal.” They cannot forget the horrors they’ve seen inside detention centers any more tha ...

Evangelicals Flood Capitol Hill to Urge Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

Today, hundreds of evangelicals from across the country will gather on Capitol Hill to host the Pray4Reform Evangelical Day of Prayer and Action. While many groups are focused on ...

White House Slams House GOP Plan for Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

The GOP was highly criticized by Democratic officials for their plan to offer a path to citizenship for illegal children with the exclusion of legalizing their parents. White House advisors remain spiteful of the GOP’s immigration plans accusing them of ...

Catholic Educators Push Immigration Reform That Includes Citizenship
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

As support for immigration reform grows, Catholic college and university presidents from across the country have joined the movement. As support for immigration reform grows, Ca ...

Religious Groups Face Uphill Fight in House on Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

Evangelical leaders pushing for comprehensive immigration reform will be back in Washington next week, praying and lobbying on Capitol Hill. They’ll need all the help they can get — divine or otherwise — after the Senate’s immigration reform bill hit ...

Obama Pushes for Path to Citizenship in Immigration Bill
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama pushed back immigration reform on Tuesday indicating that the bill will likely be passed in the fall. President Barack Obama pushed back immigration reform ...

Immigration Reform Advocates Rally Outside House Buildings in D.C., Urging Members to Enact Reform
Originally Posted: 07/15/2013 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

On Wednesday, July 10 th , when most eyes were on the private GOP meeting where republicans gathered in the Capitol basement to strategize on immigration reform in the House, advocates were rallying outside House buildings to urge members to enact imm ...

Wall Street Journal Names Evangelicals as Critical Group on Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

The Wall Street Journal issued an opinion editorial today naming evangelicals as a critical group at risk of being "ignored" if House lets the bill die. As House republ ...

On Scripture: Good Samaritans All Around
Originally Posted: 07/10/2013 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

In recent weeks, a number of controversial and divisive political questions have dominated the news. Race and voting rights, abortion in Texas, and marriage equality at the Supreme Court have opened anew the s ...

Evangelicals Urge House to Move Forward On Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

We are at a critical moment, one where we urgently need to fix our broken immigration system. The Senate’s passage of the immigration bill recognized that. As we turn to the debate in the House, it is right t ...

5 Reasons Christians Need to Stop Using the Term 'Illegal Immigrant'
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

Regardless of where we fall on the issue of immigration reform, we should be willing to adjust our language so that we do not speak falsely against our neighbors, so that we do not use language that is divisiv ...

Senate Passes Immigration Overhaul; Top 10 Reasons It Matters
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

By a 68-32 vote, the Senate just passed S.744, a bipartisan immigration reform bill that people of faith have held up as part of a solution to the United States’ broken immigration system. While it still has t ...

Immigration and Fiscal Policy
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

Debating whether or not immigrants will have a positive or negative effect on the United States’ economy, various political groups are arguing their viewpoints and analyzing a number of fiscal pros and cons wh ...

On Scripture: Fear and Wisdom In The Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

They have many labels. Undocumented immigrants. Illegal Immigrants. Illegal Aliens. Wetbacks. Jan Brewer, the governor of Arizona, recently suggested that most of them are “drug mules.” Some have even called t ...

Blocking Immigration Bill Would Doom 2016 Hopes, says Leading Republican
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

In order to stand a chance of the Presidency in the 2016 election, the Republican Party should not obstruct the ideas of an immigration overhaul, says Republican Senator Lindsey Graham. ...

Immigration Advocate Jenny Yang Overcomes Reluctance to Speak Up
Originally Posted: 06/14/2013 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

On a recent Sunday morning, Jenny Yang stood beside a giant wooden cross and made a case for immigration reform to members of an evangelical church. On a recent Sunday morning, Je ...

Loving Our Country By Facilitating Opportunity
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

I love our country and the people in it. I admit that I have received many more opportunities than I deserve. I am ready to facilitate opportunities for others. When I first met ...

Churches Shouldn't Be Think Tanks
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 9:25am | Type: Blog

I think it’s natural to have your views about the world change as you experience more of the world, and I wish it were easier to be honest about that when it happened. I wish it were encouraged. ...

Conservative Congressman Targets DREAMers
Originally Posted: 06/07/2013 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

Despite the progress on immigration reform being made in the Senate, this week offered an unfortunate reminder of the uphill battle any legislation faces in the House of Representatives. ...

Pandora Refuses to Run* Hate Ads After Immigration Reform Supporters Protest
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

Pandora has taken the ads down after reviewing FAIR’s record. Thousands of Sojourners readers signed a petition asking them not to accept hateful ads in the future, and donated to help Sojourners run ads with ...

‘Nuns on the Bus’ Kick Off Immigration Tour
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 5:43pm | Type: Blog

With the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop, the “Nuns on the Bus” on Wednesday kicked off a national tour for immigration reform aimed at giving a faith-based push to legislation that’s now hanging in the balanc ...

Evangelicals Take to Twitter to #Pray4Reform on Immigration
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

Evangelical leaders, including Sojourners' Jim Wallis (@JimWallis), will be tweeting and conversing with others in support of immigration reform from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. eastern time. ...

Crisis and Empathy at the Border
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

In March of this year, U.S. and Mexican citizens gathered together on both sides of the border fence to honor the memory of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez. Five months earlier, Rodriguez, of Nogales, Mexico, was ...

On Scripture: When 'Homeland Security' Keeps Us From Encountering God
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

When I’m very different from someone else and yet we manage to live into an authentic unity supported by trust, we may gain a glimpse into God’s own wideness, perhaps discovering God to be more than we predict ...

‘Nuns on the Bus’ Will Hit the Road for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

The “Nuns on the Bus” are revving up their engines for another national campaign, only this time the Catholic sisters are taking their mobile platform for social justice along the country’s Southern border to ...

On Scripture: A Sinkhole of Debt
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

Student debt recently passed the $1 trillion dollar mark. According to the Pew Research Center, while student loan debt has grown for everyone, the debt falls heaviest on the poor, with those in the lowest qui ...

Catholic Bishops: Don’t Let Boston Attacks Derail Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 04/22/2013 - 5:49pm | Type: Blog

Leading U.S. Catholic bishops on Monday denounced efforts to use the Boston Marathon bombings to derail the push for immigration reform, saying it is wrong to brand all immigrants as dangerous and that a revam ...

We Are in a Battle for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

I hear it over and over again both during my conversations on the road, and as I skim the headlines each day, that we are in a battle for the common good. From Boston to Washington, we are facing many fronts. ...

Loving My Own Life Means Sharing It With Others
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

After a bit of reflection, I came to see that loving my own life really does imply that I want to share it with others. Many of the great Christian thinkers throughout our history ...

'Si, Se Puede!' Tens of Thousands Gather on National Mall for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 04/13/2013 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

Thousands of people flooded the National Mall on Wednesday to call on Congress for commonsense immigration reform that includes a path to earned citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants ...