Answer the prayers of immigrant families

In God’s eyes there are no nation states, no rich nor poor, no slurs nor “illegals.” As a person of faith, specifically an Ordained Clergy of the United Methodist Church, I wholeheartedly stand with my immigrant and faith communities, which are inclusive of all aspiring Americans.

This love and devotion does not discriminate based on ethnicity, gender, nor legal status. Refusing to bring immigration reform to a vote is inflicting inexcusable pain and suffering on our community of believers. People come to this land for education and family unification, as well as opportunity and safety.

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Every evening I say two prayers: one for the suffering of immigrant families to swiftly come to an end and the other for the House of Representatives leadership to find the courage to bring a vote to the floor. Our Asian, Latino, African and immigrant communities have come together to lead a resilient and unbeatable movement because we cannot live another day watching families be torn apart. The House of Reepresentatives is our only obstacle blocking a vote on immigration reform that would alleviate the moral crisis of family separation.

I can only hope that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) use this free will and power to serve the American people, including the over 11 million aspiring Americans waiting to brought out of the shadows. But the clock is ticking. This is a critical time where one’s character and morals are put to the test. Judgment day is looming.

As a Korean American faith leader, I feel a sense of responsibility to underscore the importance of appeasing the suffering of my faith community and Asian American community. My voice is but one among a broad sea of voices demanding for an immediate fix to our broken system.

Family is one universal value that binds us all together. A system that separates a parent from a child and keeps family members waiting years in backlogs is not American, nor is it Christian. The Asian, Latino, African and all immigrant communities have spoken time and time again about stories of hardship and body-numbing fasts for families.

Once again we renew our call to action, urging the House of Representatives to be the leadership that our community can count on to serve the needs of its members. Faith leaders and community members will be descending onto the U.S. Capitol on June 10th to urge Congress to act. We need a permanent fix to our broken system to end the suffering of families. Let us stop wasting time and give our immigrant community a vote. This is one simple task that God is asking of you.  

Lee is a Korean American pastor in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a minister of a multiethnic congregation at the First United Methodist Church. He currently serves as a board member of the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) and participated as a solidarity faster and bus rider on the Fast for Families Across America bus tour for immigration reform earlier in 2014.