The goal: Reform America's broken immigration system
The time to reform our broken immigration system is now. More than 11 million undocumented people are living in this country, including children raised as Americans and workers who have become an integral part of the U.S. economy. Without legal status immigrant workers are victims of every kind of labor abuse and cannot protect their rights without fear of deportation.
Interfaith Worker Justice and its allies call for comprehensive immigration reform providing a clear path to citizenship and protecting the rights of all workers, regardless of immigration status. As people of faith, we recognize and honor the social and economic contributions made by immigrant workers.
In November, 2014, President Obama took executive action to relieve nearly 5 million immigrants from threats of deportation. Millions of families will be spared from needless separation; children will no longer need to live in fear that their parents will be taken from them without warning. Those who qualify for administrative relief will also be issued a work permit that allows them to work in the U.S. legally. Once out of the shadows, these workers become less vulnerable to the workplace abuses that plague millions of undocumented workers. But there are millions of immigrants who won't find any relief from the president's efforts. We must continue to push Congress for long-term reform that includes a compassionate path to citizenship for all 11 million.
Our immigration system is broken –workers are exploited and human dignity is ignored– and we all suffer as a result. Real and meaningful immigration reform cannot wait.
When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the stranger. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the stranger as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. –Leviticus 19:33-34