In the face of increased deportations and growing fears of family separation, TMO clergy and Texas Bishops held a joint press conference calling on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform with a path towards citizenship. Catholic Cardinal Daniel DiNardo stood with United Methodist Bishop Scott Jones, Lutheran Bishop Michael Rinehart, Presbyterian pastor Rev. Lynne Hargrove, Episcopal pastor Rev. Uriel Osnaya, Baptist pastor Rev. John Ogletree and other clergy in a public stand against the deportation and separation of immigrant families.
Recalling that "for the last 11 years we have met, prayed, studied and spoken in unity over the issue of comprehensive immigration reform," the religious urged reforms that "uphold the God-given dignity and rights of every person, each of whom are made in the image of God." They reminded Congress that any bill that addresses only border security would be "sorely lacking" and urged members of Congress to "fulfill their responsibility and pass meaningful, humane legislation."
Faith Leaders Press for Immigration Reform, Houston Chronicle
Local Religious Leaders Gather to Push for Immigration Reform, ABC-13
Religious Leaders Call for Inclusive Immigration Reform, Houston Public Media
Lideres Religiosos de Texas se Reunieron Para Pedir Una Reforma Migratoria con Camino a la Ciudadania, Univision