For Immediate Release: November 20, 2014
Contact: Jason Miller
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Franciscans Applaud President Obama's Executive Order to Protect Undocumented Immigrants
FAN Vows to Continue to Advocate that Congress Take the Next Step in Protecting Those Not Protected By Executive Order
Washington, D.C.-The Franciscan Action Network watched with eager anticipation this evening as President Obama announced executive action relief for an estimated 3.7 million undocumented immigrants. This number is according to the Migration Policy Institute and does not include immigrants covered under the DACA program which could expand those protected to 5.2 million total.
FAN applauds this first step that the President took, and thanks him for putting the importance of the lives of millions of people over political games. We now call on Congress to provide relief for the millions of families who will still be broken apart by deportation and are looking for an earned path to citizenship such as family members not covered under DACA and farm workers who toil in our fields every day.
As people of faith, we're called to love our neighbor and welcome the stranger. We have a moral obligation to stand with our immigrant sisters and brothers. As Pope Francis stated recently ahead of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees: "Jesus Christ is always waiting to be recognized in migrants and refugees, in displaced persons and in exiles, and through them he calls us to share our resources, and occasionally to give up something of our acquired riches."
"We applaud the President's first step of executive action," remarked FAN's Director of Advocacy and Member Relations, Sister Marie Lucey, OSF, "and we will continue to heed the Pope's words by advocating for Congress to provide further protection and citizenship for all of our undocumented sisters and brothers."