This is the moment we’ve been training for.
Our nation's immigration laws are on the table, and we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to lead. Our country is now awake to the human cost of current laws: families ripped apart, dangerous underground economies, and non-existent basic worker-safety regulations.
In times like these, your voice of faith is vital in calling us to build a better, safer world for all people. In fact, times like these are precisely the moments for which Auburn Media training has prepared you.
We want to share some suggested messaging to help you to use your voice and authentically speak from your faith tradition on the issue of immigration this week and going forward.
Below are a few message points from Auburn Media, informed by and in some cases directly quoting sources from our colleagues and partners at America’s Voice, Aso Communications, Center for American Progress, Faith in Public Life, PICO, Lake Research Partners, Media Matters, The Opportunity Agenda, and the Public Religion Research Institute.
Consider this council from those who have studied the values, perspectives and stories that can best move hearts and minds in America and then follow your conscience and call at this critical juncture in American life.
People of faith across America are standing up for immigration reform that provides us, our neighbors and our loved ones – people who love this country – with a roadmap to citizenship and puts an end to the tearing apart of families in our neighborhoods and houses of worship.
My faith teaches that the Golden Rule matters: Do to others as you would want them to do to you. Imagine if you came here to work because there was no work at home or it was not safe there for you and your children. How would you hope to be treated?
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Current laws are tearing families apart and creating dangerous underground economies that hurt the economy and hurt people, providing no basic worker-safety regulations for new American immigrants.
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By all accounts, we Americans believe it is time to establish an immigration process that works for new Americans who want to contribute to this country and I believe it is going to happen this Spring. Please join me in calling for change.
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Many faith groups and leaders have centered their message around "welcoming the stranger." Research on this frame finds that it triggers a negative understanding of who immigrants are – that they are “strangers,” not us or our neighbors, and therefore not to be trusted. While the word “stranger” has biblical, theological resonance for our communities, we would not recommend its use for public messaging on immigration.
Please remember: there is nothing like the power of story to move hearts and minds. What is a moving story from your experience, local community, or congregation that will allow you to wrap your core message in a powerful narrative? Please email us your stories, sermons, or media work to [email protected].
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