Calling for immigration reform

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GRIP/ISAIAH organizer Anne Buckvold helps Nathalie Bustillo, 10, prepare to make phone calls at Christ Church Newman Center, St. Cloud, July 9 as part of a phone banking event, Campaign for Citizenship, to raise awareness about immigration reform.

July 19, 2013, edition

During the week of July 8, more than 40 people of faith from the St. Cloud area gathered to make phone calls to urge those already informed about immigration reform to contact their congressional representatives and encourage their support of a pathway to citizenship as part of a comprehensive bill that passed the U.S. Senate with bipartisan support nearly three weeks ago and is expected to go before the U.S. House of Representatives.

Callers filled the voice mail of District 3 congressman Erik Paulsen each evening July 8-11. This effort was coordinated by Catholic Charities Social Concerns office, Christ Church Newman Center and GRIP/ISAIAH. At least 14 local churches and agencies were involved.

“Scripture tells us that people in exodus are God’s people,” said Kathy Langer, director of social concerns for Catholic Charities. “Catholic bishops in the U.S. have always stood behind people who are marginalized. We have a right to protect our borders, but we also have the challenge to recognize the dignity of all humans.”