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Ahead of Mother’s Day, 1,000 Faith Leaders Call on Congress to Protect Immigrant Moms


May 11, 2018


Michelle Nealy, mnealy@faithinpubliclife.org, (202)735-7123

Mackenzie Harris, mharris@faithinpubliclife.org, (610)283-8879

Ahead of Mother’s Day, 1,000 Faith Leaders Call on Congress to Protect Immigrant Moms

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As our nation prepares to celebrate mothers across the country, 1,000 faith leaders have signed a national letter calling on Congress to uphold immigration policies that protect and unite immigrant and refugee families. To read the letter and a full list of signers, click here.

“Moms make our families, congregations and nation work,” the letter states. As people of faith, we value the sanctity of the family and believe that the government should act to bring families together, not keep them apart. No one benefits when mothers and their families can’t be together on Mother’s Day or any other day. We pray that Congress recognizes this truth and protects all families by opposing immigration and refugee policies that harm and separate mothers from their children.”

Faith leaders are calling on Congress to stop the shameful detention of pregnant immigrant women, to defund harmful immigration enforcement that separates children from their moms, to reject efforts to curtail family immigration, to protect the refugee resettlement program, and to offer dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders a path to citizenship, without compromising family unity or undercutting other communities.

In addition, faith leaders across the country delivered giant Mother’s Day cards to Members of Congress urging them to honor immigrant and refugee moms. To view photos, click here.


Faith in Public Life is a national network of nearly 50,000 clergy and faith leaders united in the prophetic pursuit of justice and the common good.

Since 1946, Church World Service has supported refugees, immigrants and other displaced individuals, in addition to providing sustainable relief and development solutions to communities that wrestle with hunger and poverty. Learn more about our refugee and immigrant

work at GreaterAs1.org.

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