Today, two Christian leaders in Arizona delivered a petition signed by thousands of Christians to Gov. Jan Brewer calling on her to retract her controversial executive order denying driver’s licenses and other benefits to undocumented young people who qualify for deferred action. The petition was signed by members of the Sojourners community and reads:
The recent announcement on deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) is a positive step forward that will change the lives of many young adults across this country. But according to Matthew Soerens, U.S. Church Training Specialist for World Relief, the new policy demonstrates why comprehensive immigration reform is the only long-term solution to fixing our nation’s broken immigration system:
Arizona has become infamous for its harsh treatment of immigrants, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the state is again in the news for trying to make the lives of young immigrants harder.
Politico: New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg, who has made a ton of noise on both immigration and the presidential candidates; silence on the issue of curbing the availability of guns, will make some more noise next week.
He is hosting forums on immigration with former White House chief of staff Bill Daley in Chicago and with Rupert Murdoch in Boston.
Christians, and most others, would agree with the simple moral proposition that “when possible, death should be prevented.” Such a principle seems obvious and uncontroversial. Those who disagree would be perceived as foolish, callous, or morally obtuse.
Recently released DREAMer activist Marco Saavedra recounts his experience while being detained at Broward Detention Center in Florida with other undocumented youth who recently decided to infiltrate the detention center to highlight discrepancies within its detaining practices.
A recent study by The National Conference of State Legislatures shows that in 2012, states passed fewer immigration laws than previous years.
“U.S. state legislatures passed fewer immigration measures this year because lawmakers' priorities shifted to balancing budgets and U.S. courts were weighing how much authority states have to enforce immigration laws, according to a study released on Monday.”