When I was a Stranger

“I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’”

-Mathew 25:43-45 NIV

 Cousins Samuel, 4, and Junior, 5, sit in front of their grandmother's home in Immokalee, Florida © 2012 Abby Stalsbroten/World Vision

Cousins Samuel, 4, and Junior, 5, sit in front of their grandmother’s home in Immokalee, Florida
© 2012 Abby Stalsbroten/World Vision

Earlier this month, Women of Vision visited a migrant community in Immokalee, Florida. This community, supported by Women of Vision Southwest Florida, is home to girls eager to learn, close-knit families and farmers who support each other and feed the community. People who fill the community come from different backgrounds and circumstances and the truth is that some are in the United States legally and others were driven here by varying circumstances and are currently undocumented.

World Vision’s U.S. Programs team continues to bear witness to the negative impact our nation’s broken immigration system has on the well-being of children and families in the United States. Approximately two-thirds of the applicants to the Youth Empowerment Program scholarship this year cited challenges with immigration in their communities, including deportations causing family separation, less access to education, decreased job opportunities, a lack of access to healthcare and widespread fear in the community.

World Vision is a part of the Evangelical Immigration Table, a bipartisan national coalition formed to engage evangelical Christians more actively in advocating for just, compassionate immigration reform. In order to help create a political climate conducive to passing immigration reform legislation, the Table works to empower evangelicals nationwide to build support among voters seeking pragmatic, values-based solutions to our country’s immigration challenges.  To learn more about the work of the Evangelical Immigration Table, click here.

EIT FL Call-in Day (ENG)-page0001On January 28, 2013, a bipartisan group of senators officially released a framework for broad immigration reform that includes a conditional path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. The plan also includes reforms to the legal immigration system based upon the needs of the economy, creation of an employment verification system and an improved process for admitting future workers.  The framework provides a foundation for Congress to develop immigration reform legislation which is expected to be introduced within the next month.

Senator Marco Rubio is a leader for this group. To show support for Senators working on immigration reform with a common sense approach, we are asking that people from all over the country call Senator Marco Rubio’s office this Thursday to voice support for this reform. Each call will be counted and your voice will have an impact on immigration reform in the United States.

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