Thank you, thank you, thank you for this day.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for the gift of life, for the opportunities we receive each day to live our lives to their fullest, to breath, to move, to speak, to act, to work, to feel joy and sorrow, to care, to love.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your presence in our lives, for your animating spirit, for your call—the call you place in our hearts—the call to come together in community, to assemble, to pray, to cry out for a more just, more compassionate, more loving society.
Those of us gathered here this evening know it is long past time to reform the United States immigration system. We know the system, as it stands, leads to unnecessary harassment, racial profiling, and violence against innocent people. We know the system, as it stands, creates confusion, fear and anger. We know the system, as it stands, breaks up families, tears parents from their children in the dead of night, weakens communities, incarcerates and deports hard-working, tax-paying people. It is time to bring this racist, fear-based, inhuman system to an end and replace it with a more fair, more pragmatic, more just, more compassionate, more humane immigration system.
We pray this evening for those who’ve been deported, for those currently detained, for their families, for communities under surveillance, and for all those fasting in Washington, DC in solidarity with immigrant communities. We pray that Congress—specifically the House of Representatives, specifically Speaker Boehner—will be moved, finally, to remove this stain from the American moral character, to take up the cause of immigration reform, to create a new system that works better for immigrants, better for employers, better for law enforcement officers, better for families, better for children and better for the nation.
Our nation promises life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Our nation promises to uphold the dignity of all those who reside within her borders. We pray this evening that our nation will make good on this promise.
Amen and Blessed be.