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May 11, 2018

RIM: Honor Immigrant Moms

Yesterday morning, Rev. Terri Hord Owens, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) joined with other national faith, refugee, immigrant, and legislative leaders to share the importance of the love of Moms for their families. She said:

"Ahead of Mother's Day this Sunday, I am deeply troubled by the way our nation is treating vulnerable immigrant and refugee moms. It is especially heartbreaking to see closed doors and discrimination toward immigrant and refugee families. Rather than being a beacon of hope, our administration has given into anti-immigrant, anti-refugee, anti-family sentiment that devalues motherhood and the intrinsic bonds between mothers and their children. Such inflammatory rhetoric runs counter to the call of our Creator, whos e love and compassion for the suffering promotes family unity and defines our higher laws to 'love the sojourner' (Deuteronomy 10:19), 'treat the foreigner...as the native born among you' (Leviticus 19:33), and 'show hospitality to one another without grumbling' (1 Peter 4:9)."

Go here to listen to Rev. Terri and other leaders share powerful stories about immigrant family unity:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tbk79p61ljicqdd/MOTHERSDAY

Currently, the administration is targeting immigrant and refugee moms and separating families by detaining pregnant immigrant women, arresting moms in immigration raids, and trying to stop moms from reuniting with their children.

As we approach Mother's Day, it is critical that we make our voices heard and tell our national leaders to honor immigrant moms and protect family unity. No one benefits when mothers and their families cannot be together! Here's what you can do to help Moms on Mother's Day & beyond:

DOWNLOAD, use, and share

RIM's Mother's Day Devotional, Education & Action Resource for Mother's Day!:

https://www.discipleshomemissions.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Disciples-Mothers-Day-2018-FINAL.pdf

Also, TAKE ACTION in THESE WAYS to help Immigrant Moms, too!:

1. Join TODAY's National Call In Day to Support Immigrant Moms!:

https://greateras1.org/take-action-tell-congress-to-honor-immigrant-moms-protect-family-unity/

2. Sign the Petition: Click here to Honor All Moms this Mother's Day

3. Share support for Immigrant Moms on Social Media: see sample tweets here.

4. Write an Op-Ed for your local media in support of immigrant moms! See here for samples.

5. Make an In District Visit, especially during the upcoming May Recess from May 26-June 3.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Honor Immigrant Moms & Protect Family Unity

CALL YOUR MOM! THEN CALL YOUR SENATORS & REPRESENTATIVES: Call 866-940-2439*

*Call 3 times to be connected to your 2 Senators and 1 Representative

Sample Script: "I'm your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and [as a person of faith], I urge you to honor all moms this Mother's Day by supporting policies that protect and unite refugee and immigrant families. I call on you to protect the refugee resettlement program, stop the detention of pregnant immigrant women, defund harmful immigration enforcement that separates children from their moms, reject efforts to curtail family immigration, and offer dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders a path to citizenship, without compromising family unity or undercutting other communities. I value the sanctity of the family and believe Congress should act to bring families together, not keep them apart."

Sign the Petition

At the heart of all faiths is the shared belief that family is sacred. This Mother's Day, we're celebrating the important role of moms in all families. Please sign this petition to honor all moms this Mother's Day!

And, don't forget to Plan Now for Refugee & Immigrant Welcome Sunday, June 17th--or another Sunday near to World Refugee Day on June 20th!

See our planning and worship materials here: https://www.discipleshomemissions.org/missions-advocacy/refugee-immigration-ministries/refugee-immigrant-welcome-sunday/, and keep checking back for additions in the days ahead!!

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