Immigration reform should recognize the ‘Imago Dei’ in every human

To The Editor:
Last week, U.S. House Republicans seemed to be taking positive steps forward by announcing their principles for immigration reform; Sadly, that announcement was followed by comments by Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in which he shared pessimism that anything could be finalized in 2014.

In working within our community, I have witnessed the impact the current system has on the individual, their family and their community. I have dealt with its failures as it impacts the people who live, work and worship with us.

We need a new immigration policy that recognizes the Imago Dei (image of God) in every human being. Any legislation passed must protect families from being separated; this includes husbands and wives, parents and children, as well as our borders.

It has been nearly 30 years since Congress last made serious changes to our immigration policy, which is more than sufficient time to prove that the system is broken.

If we, as a country, want to remain true to the values set forth by our founding fathers, it is imperative that the House step up to the plate and pass an immigration reform bill.

The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference will continue to pray for the members of the House.
Rev. Lilly Gonzalez-D’Ross, OK State Hispanic Director
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
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