Faith Leaders Respond to Senate Immigration Vote

Today the Senate voted on the most significant immigration reform bill in a generation.


“This is not an everyday vote. This vote follows months of sustained prayer and action for 11 million people deeply committed to their families and to this country. It is far from perfect, but it is a critical first step towards repairing a broken system that has torn parents from children, forced grandparents into detention camps, and left far too many hurting and afraid in the shadows.”

– The Rev. Jennifer Thomas, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Kansas City, MO


“We are deeply disappointed in Senators Blunt, Moran, and Roberts – 72% of Missourians and Kansans support a pathway to citizenship, and 3 out of 4 of our Senators chose not to represent their people. We applaud Senator McCaskill for being the one Senator to stand on the right side of history – with her constituents. To our elected officials in the House of Representatives: People of faith are watching to see if you will stand for families or stand in their way.  We pray that our members of Congress will have the wisdom and compassion to realize that delay and political gamesmanship will tear children from parents and leave more families living in fear. And we will remember your choice. “


– Rev. Stevie Wakes, Pastor of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Kansas City, KS.


Kansas City-based Communities Creating Opportunity (CCO) has been working to provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of aspiring Americans since 2006. In the past seven weeks, CCO clergy and volunteers have mobilized over 1,000 Kansas Citians, calling for a pathway to citizenship through marches, prayer vigils, and meetings with members of Congress. Since May 1st, over 100 area people of faith have prayed in sustained vigil at Sacred Heart – Guadalupe every day for families affected by this vote.


Photos from these events are available on Facebook:


Communities Creating Opportunity exists to discover, develop and direct the power of people of faith to build a better quality of life for their families. Working in over 100 congregations throughout the Kansas City metro, we revitalize democracy through leadership development and the engagement of over 50,000 voters across our two states.


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