April 8, 2021
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House
United States House of Representatives
Dear Speaker Pelosi:
We, the undersigned faith leaders, respectfully request that you include a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented Americans in the Build Back Better budget reconciliation relief package.
Moses taught us, “Do not deprive the foreigner of justice… Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you from there.” (Deuteronomy 24:17-18)
During the pandemic, our immigrant siblings have worked long hours at grueling jobs with very few protections and have seen little justice. As essential workers, they’ve put their lives on the line for our country, in the face of a virus that has killed over half a million Americans. As human beings, they’ve suffered sickness and death at disproportionate rates.
For decades, undocumented Americans have been essential workers, and essential human beings—community members, neighbors, friends, and family. And yet they have lived in fear, without basic rights and without government support when they fall on hard times.
We know that you understand this injustice and support a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million undocmented Americans. We also know that given the current political context, the most realistic way to accomplish this is through the budget reconciliation process.
As a fellow person of faith, we urge you to heed the call of Moses. It is long past time for justice for undocumented immigrants. Let us go together to the Promised Land. Can we count on you to lead us there?