Advocates for Dreamers continue an aggressive public campaign to influence President Donald Trump and now Florida religious leaders have joined the fray.
“I’ve been among many evangelical pastors urging Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform — and especially a bill such as the DREAM Act that would resolve the situation of those who came to the U.S. as children — for many years,” said Joel Hunter, senior pastor of Northland Church in Casselberry.
“Now there is greater urgency than ever as hundreds of thousands of young people, including many here in Central Florida, are apparently at risk of losing their employment authorization and their protection from deportation. Congress needs to pass legislation to protect these Dreamers as soon as possible, and I’d urge the president to refrain from taking any action on DACA until they do so.”
Joel Tooley, executive director of Nazarene Centro de Refugio in Melbourne, said:
“As a follower of Jesus, I cannot imagine standing in any other position but that of advocating for those who have been caught up in the fray of an immigration system that holds the vulnerable hostage, gives way for cheaters and lawbreakers to move freely and perpetuates racist, xenophobic rhetoric every time an election draws near. For the cause of Christ, I stand with Dreamers.”
Their voices are among 300 pastors and evangelical leaders who have signed letters to Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Trump has said he’ll decide on Tuesday whether to keep DACA or not.