ACTION ALERT! Please act for immigration reform!

United Methodists have long advocated for just and humane immigration reform that includes a pathway to full citizenship with minimal obstacles so that the pathway can be open to all undocumented immigrants and so that the pathway can be effective, orderly, and humane. The United Methodist Immigration Taskforce, led by the Council of Bishops, has written a statement in response to the Senate Immigration Bill. 

As United Methodists, we believe

  • that strong communities can only be built through strong families,
  • that at the center of any effective reform will be a strong family immigration system,
  • that strengthening the family immigration system can be accomplished through clearing the lengthy backlog for family members, as well as reinforcing current family categories and reuniting members of same-sex families, and
  • that all workers must have their rights upheld and that basic civil and human rights must be secured for all immigrants.

(From the UMC Statement on S.744 – for the full text, visit www.westohioumc.org/immigration)

Now is the time to act for immigration reform! Here are ways you can help…

  • Tuesday Family and Faith Call-In Day: Every Tuesday evening, in coordination with other faith groups, get your family together, play a game, talk to each other, and call your members of Congress at 202-224-3121 to urge them to support the family immigration system.

Here's a sample script: Hi, we are the Mefford family from Arlington, VA. We value our time together as a family and we urge Senator__________ to value families as well by strengthening the family immigration system and NOT reducing the categories for immigrant families to reunite.

  • Neighbor to Neighbor Visits: Plan a time to join with other faith groups and schedule a meeting with Senator Portman and Senator Brown. All you need to have to plan a Neighbor to Neighbor visit is attached in the How to Organize for Just and Humane Immigration Reform on the West Ohio website.
  • Invite others to join you in these actions as well!

For more information, visit www.westohioumc.org/immigration, or email Dee Stickley-Miner at dstickley [at] wocumc.org or Meredith McDougle at meredithmcdougle [at] gmail.com.