By CBF Advocacy
On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program instituted during the Obama Administration would end in six months. Almost six months from that point, there is still not a permanent legislative fix that protects DREAMers.
The justice teachings of Jesus compel us to walk with, minister to and advocate for the powerless and marginalized. It is past time for our country’s elected officials to secure basic protections for those who now call this country home and have done so virtually all their lives.
In this moment, we should be reminded of the words of Leviticus 19:33-34. “When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 19:33-34 NRSV). If God’s own word is not strong enough to rally us to action, I am unsure what is.
Join CBF and other Baptist organizations on March 1, 2018 as we partner with Ethics Daily for a “Baptist Call-in Day for DREAMers.” Yet again, CBF Advocacy calls upon members of the Senate and the House of Representatives to pass a clean DREAM Act. Join with CBF Advocacy, Ethics Daily and other Baptist organizations by sharing your support of a clean DREAM Act on social media with the hashtags #Baptists4Dreamers, #DREAMAct, #DACA and #ShareJourney.
Our Christian witness can make a positive impact in a time such as this. Let’s speak up and out on behalf of our friends, family, church members, classmates, students and neighbors. Most of all, let us be faithful to and convicted by God’s revelation in Scripture and Jesus Christ.