Today in Phoenix, Arizona, nearly 7,000 signatures from Christians across the country were delivered to Governor Brewer’s office in support of a petition regarding her most recent executive order. Pressuring her to retract the order which denies driver’s licenses and other benefits to undocumented young people who qualify for deferred action, the petition reads simply: We believe every person, regardless of immigration status, is created in God’s image. Your recent executive order denying driver’s licenses and other benefits to undocumented young people who qualify for deferred action is harsh and short-sighted. As people of faith, we urge you to reconsider your position and retract this executive order so that all God’s children in Arizona can contribute to your state’s economy and strengthen its communities.
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference commented, “Arizona’s recent attempt to usurp the federal deferment policy speaks to an unfortunate historic thread resurrecting the spirit of George Wallace and Orval Faubus. Just like the governors of the old south that opposed reconciliatory and just actions that facilitated a platform of integration and justice, Governor Brewer will join Wallace, Faubus and others as political leaders that obstructed justice, hindered Christian charity and quenched the spirit of peace. History proved Wallace and Faubus to be on the wrong side of progress. History will contextualize the narrative of a governor in Arizona who opposed forward Christian just progress. Rev. Eve Nunez, Vice President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, who is a Republican,delivered the petition to Gov. Brewer’s office and said, “As a Christian, I am deeply disturbed by this executive order. I have worked tirelessly for just immigration reform and I cannot believe the extreme lengths to which this Governor will go to marginalize and destroy the lives of young people who came to this country by no fault of their own. My Christian faith teaches me to love the least of these, not punish them, and that is precisely what this executive order does.” Pastor Yvette Lopez of the New Life Church of God in Tucson, Arizona, who also helped deliver the petition, added, “I’m a conservative, but this is this was the last straw for me. This executive order is deplorable, and it must be rescinded; my faith and
my politics demand this.” Lisa Sharon Harper, Director of Mobilizing for Sojourners, the sponsoring organization of the petition added, “The action of Gov. Brewer to stop Dreamers from being able to dream is un-Christian, un-American, and it betrays the values of this nation. Governors across the country who follow down this path will be held accountable by the Christian community, starting with Gov. Brewer.” Reverends Rodriguez, Nunez, Pastor Lopez, and Ms. Harper are available for comment by contacting Carrie Adams, Communications Manager, Sojourners at firstname.lastname@example.org
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