New leaders and seasoned advocates head to Washington D.C. to highlight how important for families the arguments will be in U.S. v Texas on DACA DAPA executive action.
Eighty leaders of Minnesota’s Asamblea de Derechos Civiles, Action of Greater Lansing, Gamaliel of Metro Chicago, WISDOM, and other affiliates from the faith-based Gamaliel network will witness at the Supreme Court and at rallies around the country Monday.
Leaders will travel from Michigan, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to Washington, D.C. to send a message of hope and urgency about immigration reform while the Supreme Court Justices hear arguments in United States v. Texas.
“We want less politics and rhetoric and more understanding for our families and contributions to the country as immigrants,” says Pablo Tapia, a co-founder of Asamblea and chair of Gamaliel’s national Civil Rights of Immigrants task force. “A ruling against DAPA won’t just impact immigrant families; it’ll impact all families.”
Studies show potential beneficiaries of the Obama administration’s Executive Action programs are already deeply embedded in U.S. society--they are contributing to the economy through their jobs and businesses, they pay into Social Security, and they are the best and brightest youth and families that contribute to the wealth of the country.
Republican and Democratic presidents alike have issued numerous immigration-related executive orders and that hundreds of legal scholars on both sides of the aisle agree that the president is well within his constitutional powers and authority.
The case, about whether to end the block of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will be heard Monday with a decision expected in June.
In addition to the group in Washington, Gamaliel network leaders will hold prayer vigils and echo actions around the country:
- In Atlanta, ABLE-GA will hold an event with DACA and DAPA eligible families
- In Davenport, IA, Quad Cities Interfaith plans a “Moral Monday” prayer vigil outside of U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack’s office at noon on Monday, April 18, kicking off a series of monthly rallies.
- In St. Cloud, MN, Asamblea de Derechos Civiles plans a prayer vigil with Bishop Donald Kettler at College of St. Benedict at 11 a.m. Monday
“As people of faith, we know that God calls us to welcome the sojourner and care for all people in our communities, especially those in the most vulnerable circumstances,” Tapia adds. “Family is at the heart of congregations and communities. The President’s executive actions keep families together and end the fear of millions of children that their parents might be deported.”