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I, as a Christian, Support DACA
As you may have seen, the DACA program is currently in jeopardy and I want to share this petition with you all. If you do are not familiar with DACA, it is a program that grants temporary relief from deportation and temporary work permits to young immigrants who meet certain conditions. They must have been brought here at a young age, pass a background check, and attend high school. This program does not grant amnesty, give legal status, or lay out a path to citizenship. It is meant to be a temporary relief from fear, allowing young people to get their lives on track.
As a Christian I strongly support this program because it provides safety and peace of mind to many young Americans. These are people who are growing up here, go to school with us, attend mass and youth groups with us, and pray with us. I will not stand by as they are mistreated and forced back into the shadows, all because of a decision that they had no control over. Vivimos bajo el mismo sol y nadie es ilegal. Do as Jesus did, fight for the oppressed and protect the foreigner. To show your support for your brothers and sisters, I encourage you to sign this petition and stand in solidarity.
“Thus says the Lord of hosts: Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another; do not oppress the widow, the orphan, the alien, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.” Zechariah 7:9-10
“Así habló Jehová de los ejércitos, diciendo: Juzgad juicio verdadero, y haced misericordia y piedad cada cual con su hermano: 10 No agraviéis á la viuda, ni al huérfano, ni al extranjero, ni al pobre; ni ninguno piense mal en su corazón contra su hermano.” Zacarías 7:9-10
I cannot tell you of a personal story to help you see the reason that we need to support DACA, so instead I reached out to a friend. I know Luis from church, and admire his bravery and strength in fighting for what he believes in. Here is his testimony:
“Regardless of your own personal beliefs, either based on religion, politics or any other ideological beliefs, immigration and the executive order known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is in jeopardy. If you don’t think you know anyone affected by this, or don’t think undocumented immigrants should be given basic human decency, well you now know someone who is impacted directly. I will continue to raise my voice for all human beings whose humanity is viewed as less than that of another. Because of DACA, I can work and go to a university that I never believed I’d have the chance to attend. But if this current administration decides to repeal DACA, all that is lost not just for myself but for almost a million other undocumented people. Immigration is complicated. This is not a black and white topic that is easy to understand. But as Christians, we need to be better. I have personally encountered bigotry and mistreatment over my status by the same people who prayed beside me. I ask you to reflect and be mindful of others, love your neighbor, not just your Christian, heterosexual, citizen neighbor, but your fully human neighbor.“
I know this is a controversial topic and many of you may be looking for more information on why I take this stance (either out of curiosity or because you want to debate). This is a long, complicated topic that I feel very passionate about. Therefore, I did not want to fill this post with my view and drown out the importance of this petition, or the voice of Luis. For more information regarding my standpoint, follow along with my Immigration and Faith series. You can find Part One here and Part Two, which details why I believe Christians must support immigrants, here.