The Common Good

Christians Fast For US Immigration Reform

Date: November 24, 2013

On November 13, John Bohner made an announcement that has essentially killed any hope of American immigration reform for the foreseeable future.

In his role as Speaker of the currently Republican controlled House of Representatives, he's announced that he will not allow any of the immigration reform bills that have been passed through the House to be part of a "congressional conference" or legislative negotiation with the Democrat controlled Senate. "We have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill," he said to reporters.

Reverend Jim Wallis, founder and editor of the Christian Progressive magazine "Sojourners" called believers to pray against the increasing polarisation and partisanship that has been ever more present in US politics in recent times. It is founded, so he argues, on self-interest and a refusal to properly understand the other.

"Sometimes you can organise and march and struggle and work as hard as you can, and sometimes all you can do finally is pray for a miracle," Wallis said. "We're here to pray for a miracle."