The Trump administration’s cowardly decision to rescind DACA is a disgrace. This is an issue of basic morality. This is basic, kindergarten spirituality for any Christian, any person of faith, heck, any decent human being: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Love your neighbor as yourself. It’s that simple… and that clear.
For years, many conservative Republicans and now this administration have used fear mongering and their version of the rule of law (which only seems to apply to the most vulnerable) to block any kind of reasonable immigration reform. Now, we see the truth of their intentions. These young people did not come into the country illegally. They were brought here. They are not a danger to society. They are the epitome of the American Dream. They represent the best of what we hope to see in our young people, and they ARE our young people with 8,000 in Tennessee alone! To force them to leave, even to threaten to force them to leave, the country that is their home is un-American, uncaring, and un-Christian.
I think it’s extremely important for all Americans to pay attention to what is becoming very clear right now. This Administration and other conservative Republicans who support this kind of action have abandoned any notion of compassionate conservatism. In case after case, they are seeking to undermine programs designed to uplift the most vulnerable among us. You have to wonder: Do they even believe in the American dream anymore? Do they even understand Christian ethics? It’s almost as if they are taking the time to consider “What would Jesus do?”, then doing just the opposite.
Where is the vision? Where is the courage of faith in actions like these? As a nation, we can be prosperous – and generous! We can be just – and fair! We can be safe – and welcoming toward all who seek a better life in our country. We can – and we should! I urge Congressman Duncan, and Senators Alexander and Corker to show courage, as well as basic human compassion, by taking the lead on legislation to welcome these young dreamers home, legally, with no political strings attached. It is the American thing to do. It’s also the Christian thing to do. And it’s the right thing to do.
The Rev. John Gill is pastor of Church of the Savior UCC in Knoxville.
On June 23, 2016, the Supreme Court released its ruling on US v. Texas, a 4-4 split decision that results in a continued injunction against DAPA and expanded DACA. (To read AKIN’s official statement on the ruling, click here.)
In response, members and allies of the Comité Popular and AKIN marched in downtown Knoxville to express our disappointment over this outcome.
At 6pm tonight, AKIN and other allies will join the Comite Popular at the Birdhouse to give a statement on the Supreme Court’s Decision in US v. Texas, which continues the injunction of President Obama’s executive orders on Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
From 7 – 7:30 pm, we will gather at the intersection of Gay and Magnolia to begin a sidewalk procession through Downtown Knoxville, ending at Krutch Park.
At 8pm, we will have a program with speakers and music at Krutch Park Extension.
Join us to learn more about the Supreme Court decision and what we can do next to support immigrant families in our communities.
Tie in Supreme Court Means Immigration Program Still Blocked for Now
AKIN Deplores Decision and Will Join Events Tonight at 6 and 8
Knoxville, TN – This morning, Allies of Knoxville’s Immigrant Neighbors (AKIN) greeted with severe disappointment a tied decision in the U.S. Supreme Court that will leave in place an injunction presently blocking President Obama’s 2014 administrative program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and its companion program of expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (expanded DACA). Tonight AKIN members and allies will join events called by local immigrants’ rights group, the Comité Popular, at 6 pm at the Birdhouse and 8pm in Krutch Park Extension to condemn this decision and pledge on-going commitment to making our community, state and nation a welcoming place for immigrants and refugees.
The Supreme Court will rule any day now on the DACA/DAPA case. On that day, immigrants and their allies across the state will gather at 6:00pm to either celebrate or protest. Please join us.
Knoxville folks will gather for a press conference at the Birdhouse (800 N. Fourth Ave.) and then head to the public parking lot under the interstate at the corner of Gay Street and Magnolia Avenue, park there and march down Gay Street to Krutch Park.
The announcement could be made on Thursday, June 16, Monday, June 20, or Monday, June 27. Stay tuned!