The Common Good

Immigration Reform 2013: THE UPDATE for Monday Feb. 11

Lisa Sharon Harper, Director of Mobilizing, Sojourners

This week’s House hearings on immigration reform revealed that the GOP is still divided about a roadmap to citizenship for the more than 11 million aspiring Americans. Such an approach is morally troubling, as it would set up a permanent underclass within the U.S., leaving millions of people and thousands of families vulnerable to the pain of deportation and separation. It also ignores the image of God within millions by permanently relegating them to low-wage jobs and generations of poverty. The GOP seems to be playing by an outdated playbook. According to a recent Politico report, the GOP’s own base is beginning to march in a different direction. A groundswell of support is emerging from the faith, law enforcement, and business communities for an earned path to citizenship. A recent statement by Christian Churches Together in the USA, the broadest coalition of Christian denominations in the U.S., explicitly calls for legislation that provides a roadmap to citizenship. The GOP should listen to their base and pick up the new playbook. Their recognition of the changed landscape would represent real progress in the push immigration reform.