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Decision to rescind DACA is a disgrace

by John Gill

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.

A version of this letter was published by the Knox News Sentinel on September 10.

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Guide to meeting with your county commissioner about 287(g)

We are asking AKIN friends and allies to meet with their county commissioners about 287(g). Following are some guidelines for your consideration.

First, set up your meeting:

1. Call or email your commissioner and ask for a meeting on 287(g)

  • Find contact info for commissioners here.
  • Don’t know your commissioner? Look here.

2. Identify 1-2 people who share your concerns and who will join you at this meeting (we can help with this)

Next, figure out your goals for the meeting (here are our suggestions):

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