As a compassionate and prophetic response to the injustices of our current immigration policies we are joining in a time of prayer, reflection and public action in response to Congress’s continued inability to pass a solution for Dreamers. We lament for what is happening, hold on to hope for real change, and publicly call our representatives to a higher standard.
We will start with prayer inside First Presbyterian Church, and then walk together to the Monroe Street Bridge (along Cedar, then left on First and right on Monroe). There, we will be lining up along the bridge with our candles, making our personal convictions public. We will stand with our candles along the bridge for a few minutes, visually representing a ‘bridging’ of the divide and the pathway for the just, compassionate legislation we are calling for. Then we will all walk back together to First Presbyterian Church. This event is organized by World Relief and other Christian Faith Leaders, but we openly welcome people of all faiths and beliefs to come together under the same conviction of standing with Dreamers in our community.
Why we are doing this:
As Americans, Spokane residents, community members and people of faith, we strive to love our neighbor and uphold the innate human dignity of each person. Dreamers worship in our pews, study in our schools, and work in our communities. The decision to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) before legislation was enacted to protect them from deportation was immoral, as it leaves nearly 800,000 individuals facing an unknown future– nearly 2,000 of whom call the 5th District of Washington home.
Congress continues to have the ability to do something about this: Pass a common sense and compassionate legislative solution to DACA. The Senate attempted to vote on a legislative solution to DACA last Thursday and was unable to come to a compromise, placing political agendas ahead of the lives of the 1.8 million undocumented youth in our country. What we need now is a Dream Act that provides a solution for Dreamers without sacrificing the safety of their families or eliminating immigration policies which benefit all Americans. Every day that passes without congressional action is another day where Dreamers’ lives hang in the balance. The March 5th deadline is coming very soon, we must urge our communities and our representatives to stand up and pass a solution for Dreamers.