Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Compassionate Immigration Reform Recap

Interfaith Prayer Vigil 8-26-13 Hands Over Fence

There is urgency – a moral urgencyto fix our broken immigration system and begin to heal our nation.  Compassionate immigration reform is more than a political issue; it is a moral task.  We can take steps to advocate for compassionate immigration reform by contacting legislators.

Below is a sample letter along with contact information that you can use for your legislator.  If you want a copy of the letter electronically, please leave a comment on this page.  It will be sent to you via email.  You might want to personalize the message.  

Thank you your commitment.  Blessings on all your endeavors.    


Immigration Letter

Urge Congress to
Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Dear Representative                 

I write to you urging Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Our broken immigration system, which tears parents from children, traps aspiring Americans in the shadows, and undermines the best values of this nation, is morally indefensible. It is imperative that Congress stop building legislative and literal walls, and instead focus their energy on building a bi-partisan bridge to accomplish this work. 

Recognizing our immigrant neighbors’ dignity, contributions, and desire to support their families, I support immigration legislation that:

  • Prioritizes Family Unity:  Family unity spurs integration by providing strong foundations for learning English, purchasing a home, pursuing employment, starting a business, preparing children for school, and contributing to local communities.
  • Provides a clear, timely, direct, and accessible pathway to citizenship:     Immigration reform must focus on citizenship for all 11 million aspiring Americans forced to live in the shadows of our communities.
  • Protects Refugees and Migrant Survivors of Violence:  This provides protection for individuals fleeing persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.
  • Ensures the Rights of All Workers:     Immigration reform must be humane to workers, fair to employers, and adaptive to the needs of the global economy.
  • Places Humanitarian Values at the Center of Enforcement Policies:  Restore integrity to the system by implementing humane guidelines that end unsafe deportations in the middle of the night, establish alternatives to detention, and ensure access to due process.  
  • Addresses the Root Causes of Illegal Immigration:  Address the push factors that compel immigrants to leave their homes in order to provide for their families, to undertake the arduous and dangerous journey of migration.

You face a complex issue that defies easy solutions and narrow partisan agendas. The United States is a nation of laws. It is also a nation built by immigrants. We need to reject false choices between freedom and responsibility, individual rights and collective obligations. We urge you to reject the false choices and divisive rhetoric that have too often characterized this debate. Protecting our borders and creating an earned path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants already in this country are not competing interests.

As you face intense political pressure from powerful interest groups, may you draw wisdom and moral courage to speak for and promote just and humane immigration reform.  Please be assured of my support as you put prudence, human dignity and the common good at the center of your deliberations.




District 13

The Honorable Rodney Davis

17401 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C.  20515

P: 202.225.2371
F: 202.226.0791

243 S Water Street
Suite 100
Decatur, IL 62523

P: 217.791.6224
F: 217.791.6168

2004 Fox Drive
Champaign, IL 61820

P: 217.403.4690
F: 217.403.4691

108 E. Market
Taylorville, IL 62568

P: 217.824.5117
F: 217.824.5121

To email, go to website, click on CONTACT and then EMAIL.


District 18

The Honorable Aaron Schock

328 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

T: 202.225.6201
F: 202.225.9249

100 N.E. Monroe, Room 100
Peoria, IL 61602

T: 309.671.7027
F: 309.671.7309

235 S. Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62701

T: 217.670.1653
F: 217.670.1806

201 W. Morgan
Jacksonville, IL 62650

T: 217.245.1431
F: 217.243.6852
TTY: 217.245.1431

To email, go to website, click on CONTACT and then EMAIL.


If you have questions about the Immigration Letter, please contact Sr. Marcelline Koch, OP at 217-787-0481.



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