Washington, DC – Clergy leaders and faith organizers with the PICO National Network’s Campaign for Citizenship, released the following statement, today, after the U.S. Supreme Court grants cert in Texas v. United States of America—the case that currently blocks protections for immigrant families and individuals from deportation under the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs:
“People of faith are overwhelmed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear Texas v. United States because our immigrant families will finally have their day in court.
“The stakes in this case are extremely high for immigrants in our communities and congregations, workers and others taking steps forward to a permanent solution and relief from deportations.
“Together, PICO faith leaders have prayed and organized to make sure millions of immigrant families—including U.S. citizen children—are treated with God-sized love as they live, work, and stay in this country they call home.
“We have faith that the Supreme Court will rule in our favor by unfreezing DAPA and DAPA expansion so that up to 5 million parents and DREAMers can have a fair chance at a better future. Between now and the court’s final ruling, we will continue our fight for DAPA and DACA programs. We will also continue to protect our families from unjust deportation policies and continue to hold the Obama Administration accountable to ending the senseless separation of families.
“By the grace of God, America’s values of family, love and human dignity, along with God’s righteous justice, will prevail.”
To connect to a faith leader at a PICO federation, please contact Kawana Lloyd, PICO National Network, 202-815-6908.
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The Campaign for Citizenship, a project of PICO National Network, represents immigrant families and people of faith who are working together to win citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans who are our family members, friends and neighbors. We believe that providing immigrants with a path to citizenship is consistent with American history and religious values of freedom, fairness and family. We are a community that celebrates the pluralistic nature of our country and practice welcoming the newcomer and protecting the marginalized. We view people as children of God who should be included as full-fledged members of our society, not excluded as a permanent underclass.
PICO National Network is the largest grassroots, faith-based organizing network in the United States. PICO works with 1,000 religious congregations in more than 200 cities and towns through its 40 local and state federations. PICO and its federations are non-partisan and do not endorse or support candidates for office. PICO urges people of faith to consult their faith traditions for guidance on specific policies and legislation. Learn more at www.piconetwork.org.