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Immigration Reform: Next

Posted by: Gordon on 12/16/2013
Gamaliel at the King Monument
On Dec. 5, 2013, Gamaliel celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington by visiting Dr. King's memorial--and then heading over to the Republican National Headquarters, where we called for and won a meeting with top officials. We'll be back with more to report in 2014.

Millions enter the holiday season without the promise of a secure future in this country. We are disappointed, but not discouraged. In fact, we are already planning for what comes next: victory in 2014.

We witnessed history June 27 when the Senate passed S. 744—Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act—on a 68-32 vote signaling strong bipartisan support for an issue that has long divided lawmakers along party lines.

We built strong relationships with many of our Senators and Representatives and called others to account through public actions that included prayer vigils, public meetings, marches, press conferences, congregation basement hearings, half birthday cake deliveries in celebration of the DACA anniversary and more. Right down to the wire, leaders from Gamaliel’s African American Leadership Commission and Civil Rights for Immigrants Campaign kept hope and continued to push with days and even weeks of fasting. Even so the House of Representatives concluded its first session of the 113th Congress without bringing a single immigration bill to the floor for a vote.

We are just one part in a true movement for immigration reform and we will continue to play our role. Our leaders will come together in January to plan for the next phase of this struggle. In the meantime we call on our House members to pass immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship at the start of the new year and on President Obama to stop deportations.
 
“When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the stranger. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the stranger as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 19:33-34).

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