Monday, May 3, 2010

Episcopal Church calls for comprehensive US immigration reform

From Ekklesia UK-

The Episcopal Church has responded to a controversial Arizona law expelling undocumented immigrants from the state by calling for comprehensive reform and justice for migrants.

The law, roundly condemned by human rights and faith groups, will also require people suspected of being illegal immigrants to show proof of legal status.

The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations, based in Washington DC, USA, has issued a full statement on immigration reform, emphasising its commitment "to render hospitality to those who are most vulnerable."

The Church "calls on the United States Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform."

Its statement continues: "The passage in Arizona of the toughest anti-immigrant law in the country demonstrates the need for action at the federal level. In an open letter last Friday the Bishop of Arizona, the Rt Rev Kirk Smith, expressed that 'today is a sad day in the struggle to see all God's people treated in a humane and compassionate manner (…) With the Governor's signing of SB 1070, it seems that for now the advocates of fear and hatred have won over those of charity and love. Arizona claims to be a Golden Rule State. We have not lived up to that claim.'

"The lack of fair and humane immigration reform opens the door to misguided and divisive state and local attempts to address immigration enforcement. We urge Congress to provide a solution to a broken immigration system that separates families, spreads fear and keeps millions living in the shadows. Every day, members of our congregations see the unacceptable consequences of our broken immigration system. We urge the Senate and House to enact bipartisan immigration reform that reunites families, protects the rights of all workers, and provides an opportunity for undocumented immigrants to earn legal status.

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