Immigration raids are ineffective: . . . immigration raids . . . have placed all the burdens of a broken system onto immigrant families.” — from the Obama-Biden Campaign website

Yesterday in Bellingham, Washington, the first immigration raid of the Obama administration took place at an engine remanufacturing company. 28 persons–about one third of the company’s entire workforce–were arrested, with three women later released on humanitarian grounds (probably related to having children).

It would be a mixed metaphor to say that my heart fell–like combining “my face fell” with “my heart was heavy”–but that’s exactly how I felt when I saw the headline. It has been painful to see comprehensive immigration reform take a backseat to other issues lately. Fixing health care, the economy, the environment, and education are extremely important. But as long we can’t be passing comprehensive immigration reform, we should abstain in the meantime from raids that persecute hard workers whose sole crime is trying to secure a better life for their family.

Please call the White House at 202-456-1414 and tell President Barack Obama:

  • The raid in Washington state is unacceptable, and hurts all of our communities.
  • If you identify as a UU and feel comfortable using this language, we suggest saying: “I am a Unitarian Universalist–a person of faith/conscience–and my religious/ethical calling tells me to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all people.”
  • The Unitarian Universalist Association passed an Action of Immediate Witness in 2007 calling for a moratorium on raids.
  • Obama must stop unjust raids, and we must pass humane comprehensive immigration reform.

For news coverage of the raid, see:

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