Immigration rally: ‘We must act’

July 27, 2013, 10:19 am | Posted by
Alex Coolidge, Cincinnati Enquirer
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Faith in Public Life organized local press outreach for the rally and march.

Hundreds of supporters of immigration reform rallied in Springfield Saturday to urge House Speaker John Boehner to push for a broad path to citizenship.

Religious leaders, union officials, legal advocates, residents and busloads of out-of-town supporters gathered in a parking lot in the downtown and later marched to City Hall, where the congressman has a local office.

“We’re here to ensure that pathway to citizenship is part of a bill that emerges and gets voted on quickly,” the Rev. Troy Jackson, director of Ohio Prophetic Voices, told the crowd.

“We don’t want to be on the wrong side of history. We know looking back to the Civil Rights era there were a lot of people sitting on their hands and we say ‘shame on them – we must act,’” said Jeff Cook, a professor of Bible and Urban Ministry from Cedarville University, who also spoke.

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Immigration Reformers Rally At Boehner’s Springfield, Ohio Office

July 27, 2013, 10:05 am | Posted by
Associated Press
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FPL organized local press outreach for the event.

Activists for immigration reform that includes a path to U.S. citizenship plan to rally at one of the Ohio offices of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Civil rights activists, labor leaders, religious leaders and other officials plan a Saturday afternoon rally at John Boehner’s congressional office in Springfield, in western Ohio.

They want Boehner to push for immigration changes that include a “roadmap” for citizenship. They say in a statement that immigration reform will be good for Ohio’s economy and for families.

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Catholic Educators Push Immigration Bill

July 19, 2013, 4:38 pm | Posted by
Laurie Goodstein, The New York Times
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Faith in Public Life helped to organize the letter to Congress.

The presidents of 93 Catholic colleges and universities have sent a letter to the House speaker, John A. Boehner, and the minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, urging them to pass a comprehensive immigration bill that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Roman Catholic bishops have been lobbying hard for such a bill, but the college presidents’ organized involvement is new. They announced on Thursday that they plan to personally call their members of Congress and will hold events with local church leaders to get Catholic laypeople to pressure their representatives to pass a bill.

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Religious groups face uphill fight in House on immigration reform

July 19, 2013, 4:34 pm | Posted by
Adelle M. Banks, RNS
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FPL helped to organize the letter from the Catholic college presidents to House members.

In their letter to House members, more than 90 Catholic educators urged them to “draw wisdom and moral courage from our shared faith tradition” that values human dignity: “We remind you that no human being made in the image of God is illegal.”

The Rev. Kevin Wildes, president of Loyola University New Orleans, said he hopes they can help make a difference, especially for “children who made no choice in this matter but they’re penalized for it.”

“I’m just hoping that we can nudge at least some of the Catholic members of Congress,” he said.

According to the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, almost one-tenth of the 535 members of Congress are graduates of Jesuit institutions. That includes 11 in the Senate and 41 in the House. Among them: House Speaker John Boehner, a graduate of Xavier University in Ohio.

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Catholic college officials urge Congress to pass immigration reform

July 18, 2013, 4:27 pm | Posted by
Pamela Constable, Washington Post
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FPL helped to organize the letter from the Catholic college presidents and faculty.

More than 90 Catholic university heads Thursday urged their fellow Catholics in Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, saying that their faith “values the human dignity and worth of all immigrants.”

“We remind you that no human being made in the image of God is illegal,” they said in a public letter addressed to all 163 Catholic legislators, including House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

In the letter, the university presidents called for a path to legalization for all undocumented immigrants. The group asked the lawmakers to resist pressure from “powerful interest groups” and said that as Catholics, they have a “serious responsibility to consider the moral dimensions” of policies.

The letter comes as Congress has been grappling with proposals for a sweeping overhaul of U.S. immigration laws. Last month, the Senate passed a bipartisan measure that would give illegal immigrants a chance to become U.S. citizens, step up border security and increase visas for legal and skilled immigrants.

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