God said, “You too were once strangers. Don’t forget where you came from” (paraphrase of Exodus 22:21). Unfortunately, it is obvious from the recent and cruel disassembling of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA, that the United States has forgotten where it came from. The blatant disregard of the human and civil rights of students, workers, and taxpayers is astounding and a tragic indictment of basic respect and integrity, especially when many citizens of this country were once strangers and immigrants too.
PCUSA is committed to supporting DACA recipients and their families. We speak loudly and forcefully against the political tide of disrespect and continue to join with others until the DREAM Act becomes law. We pray that our government will not continue to break apart families, interrupt livelihoods, and take people from their homes. We need immigration policies that promote human flourishing, not suffering.
Picture from the DACA prayer vigil outside the White House, 9-1-17