As your bishop, I want to share my thoughts on our president’s recent announcement concerning immigration and on events in Ferguson, Missouri.
It is my sincere hope the president’s action will result in true and comprehensive immigration reform through our legislative processes. I hope and pray our elected leaders will step away from their political posturing which has gotten this country where we are today. I hope and pray this behavior will end and some measure of sensible dialogue, discussion, action will take place.
We, as sisters and brothers in Christ, are baptized into a faith which reaches out and cares for all of God’s children. As fellow Americans all of us must be a part of the solution to our immigration challenges: Congress, the president, communities of faith, states, counties, and cities. All of us have a stake in this. Let’s work together.
Finally, I, along with many in this country, am heartsick over the tragic events in Ferguson. I ask your prayers for calm, for peace, and above all reconciliation, not only for the people of Ferguson, but also with our sisters and brothers, citizen and immigrant, of all races and ethnic background, as we strive to seek justice for every human being.