Opening Doors for New Americans since 1882
MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Thursday, November 7 at 10am
CONTACT:Nicole Kligerman, (484) 437 9676 English, Spanish.
“The time is now for compassionate and comprehensive immigration reform!”
WHAT Interfaith Press Conference for Immigration Reform
WHO Press Conference Speakers:
- Pastor Katie Aikins, Tabernacle United Church
- Judi Bernstein-Baker, HIAS Pennsylvania
- Rev. David Brown, Arch St United Methodist Church
- Rev. Kathryn Ellis, Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration
- Rabbi Linda Holtzman, Tikkun Olam Chavurach and New Sanctuary Movement
- Father Bruce Lewandowski, Vicar for Cultural Ministries, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
- Alejandra Mota, community leader of New Sanctuary Movement
- TBA, POWER
WHERE Arch St United Methodist Church, corner of Arch and Broad Streets, Philadelphia
WHEN 10:00am – 10:45am
WHY 180 faith leaders across Pennsylvania signed an open letter in support of comprehensive immigration reform. We urge Pennsylvania legislators to support an immigration system that facilitates legal status and family unity to honor the God-given dignity and rights of every individual.
On Thursday, November 7, prominent faith leaders will release an interfaith letter in support of comprehensive immigration reform signed by 200 clergy from across Pennsylvania. The open letter urges Pennsylvania legislators to support immediate, just and humane immigration reform that provides a clear pathway to citizenship, ends unjust deportation policies, and protects and promotes family unification.
As faith-based leaders and organizations, we call attention to the moral dimensions of public policy and pursue policies that uphold the human dignity of each person, all of whom are made in the image of God. We pray for an immigration system that facilitates legal status and family unity to honor the God-given dignity and rights of every individual.
It is our collective prayer that the legislative process will produce a just immigration system of which our nation of immigrants can be proud.
"At age 13 I learned that this country was not a land of opportunities for all, but only for some. I witnessed the deportation of my brother in law and my uncle. My sister was left alone with an 8 month old baby. After this experience my family and I have lived in fear and anguish," says Sara Navarro, a young woman from Honduras who is a member of New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia. "I am here to ask our elected officials to pass comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship that ends all deportations."
Pennsylvania has much to gain from immigration reform. Immigrants are critical to our agricultural production, rejuvenate dying cities, reinvigorate congregations and communities, and bring youth and dynamism the Commonwealth. The interfaith letter will be delivered to all Pennsylvania federal legislators, and urges representatives to enact laws that reflect the reality that immigration fuels Pennsylvania’s economy and creates thriving and diverse communities.
Pennsylvania Immigration & Citizenship Coalition, New Sanctuary Movement, HIAS Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania United for Immigration Reform.