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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 ...

WATCH: Live Stream of Immigration Reform Rally
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

Live Stream of Immigration Reform Rally Free desktop streaming application by Ustream Do Not Display ...

Words Matter: Why the AP Will No Longer Call People 'Illegal'
Originally Posted: 04/03/2013 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

The Associated Press announced Tuesday it is dropping the term "illegal immigrant" from its Stylebook. Citing concern for “labeling people, instead of behavior,” AP’s Senior Vice President and Execut ...

Welcoming Christ by Welcoming the Stranger
Originally Posted: 03/30/2013 - 7:13pm | Type: Blog

As Christians prepare to celebrate Easter, let us remember that the life that ended on the cross began on the road. This Easter, let us remember that Christ the Savior began his life as an immigrant, fleeing t ...

Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcaño On Front Lines of Immigration Battle
Originally Posted: 03/11/2013 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

When United Methodist Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño talks about tussling with political bigwigs on the topic of immigration reform, she is poised, yet forceful. When United Methodis ...

Laying Under a Border Patrol Truck — An Act of Love and Resistance
Originally Posted: 03/07/2013 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

Ni una más. Oh God, not one more; not one more family torn apart by deportation right before our eyes. No more tears shed by young children who miss the care of their parent. No more spouses worried about payi ...

Letter to a Kingdom Citizen
Originally Posted: 03/06/2013 - 1:15pm | Type: Blog

A common sentiment that’s expressed by both the left and the right on the issue of immigration reform is that immigrants need to prove their faithful adherence to the law and contribution to society before the ...

Private Prison Companies Pressure Against Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 03/01/2013 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

Investigative report by Lee Fang on how private corrections corporations are influencing immigration legislation. Investigative reporter Lee Fang looks at how private prison corpo ...

Congress Must Address Real Roots of Immigration
Originally Posted: 02/27/2013 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

This passage from the Gospel of Matthew inviting us to welcome strangers into our midst could not be more salient than it is now, as our lawmakers embark on the long-awaited debate over immigration reform. ...

My Promise to Congressman Rohrabacher
Originally Posted: 02/14/2013 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

I work hard, I study hard, I pay taxes, and I have applied for the deferred action program that President Barack Obama instituted last year for young undocumented Americans like me. ...

Christian Churches Come Together on Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 02/05/2013 - 9:09pm | Type: Blog

At its annual meeting in Austin, Texas, Christian Churches Together, representing the five families of the church in the United States, reached consensus on a statement calling for just and humane immigration ...

The Political Power of Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 01/24/2013 - 5:42pm | Type: Blog

Latino voters are the most “moveable” racial voting bloc, meaning that both parties have an opportunity to win Latino votes, provided they reach out to the community in meaningful ways. ...

Immigration Reform: Is 'Amnesty' a Possibility?
Originally Posted: 01/02/2013 - 1:52pm | Type: Blog

The diverse coalition that re-elected Barak Obama has pushed immigration reform to the top of the 2013 agenda. The diverse coalition that re-elected President Obama has pushed im ...

One Last Christmas Gift
Originally Posted: 12/27/2012 - 1:14pm | Type: Blog

I look forward to another year of ministry with your help and your support. Bless you and your families in these special days of time together. The year has been a busy and ch ...

Post-Election, GOP's Immigration Message Evolves
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 4:41pm | Type: Press

November 28, 2012 Sojo in the News Mara Laisson ...

Bibles, Badges, and Business: Forging Consensus on Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 12/04/2012 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

It’s quite an accomplishment to get Bibles, Badges and Business together all in one room and agreeing on something this big. This reminds us all that Christmas and the holiday season really is a time for mirac ...

Obama’s Immigration Opportunity
Originally Posted: 11/21/2012 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

With conservative opinion on immigration shifting, a unique opportunity exists to fix our nation’s broken immigration system. As President Barack Obama prepares for a second term, ...